The Week in Review: January 12 – January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 News Recap: Research & Discoveries: Blood test for early detection of 8 cancers looks promising. Scientists have developed a blood test that can detect eight common cancer types through assessment of the levels of circulating proteins and mutations in cell-free DNA. The test, called CancerSEEK, clinically detected cancers of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colorectum, lung, or breast. CancerSEEK tests wer...

Blood test for early detection of 8 cancers looks promising

Test includes some of the most deadly cancers currently lacking screening tools. Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now. Many groups are working on liquid biopsy tests, which look for DNA and other things that tumours shed into blood, to try to find cancer before it spreads, when chances of a cure are best. In a study Thu

Smoking reduces survival after liver cancer diagnosis for people with viral hepatitis

People with viral hepatitis who smoked were three times more likely to die after being diagnosed with liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, HCC), according to a study of Swiss patients published in Liver International. Whereas non-smokers lived for a median of 3.2 years after diagnosis, smokers died after a median of 18 months. Smoking had a similar impact on survival in those who did not receive curative treatment in the form of liver resection (surger

The Week in Review: November 4 – November 10, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017 News Recap: Canada: Updated List of Physicians in British Columbia Currently Treating Hepatitis B and/or Hepatitis C. HepCBC has updated its list of Doctors in BC who treat HCV and HBV. Direct-Acting Antiviral Therapy Outcomes in Canadian Chronic Hepatitis C Telemedicine Patients. Many of the 300,000 HCV-infected Canadians live in under-served and remote areas without access to HCV healthcare specialists. Telemedicine (T...

Singapore’s Restalyst develops new method to improve liver cancer diagnosis

SINGAPORE, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Singapore biomedical firm Restalyst has developed a new algorithm to detect liver cancer more accurately, improving the sensitivity to 90%. The new methodology looks at three factors: membrane bound protein ERBB3, AFP (alpha fetoprotein) and age of patient. It will detect and identify liver cancer more effectively, and better distinguish liver cancer from chronic hepatitis condition. An AFP test is commonly used

The Week in Review: October 6 – October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 News Recap: Research & Discoveries After an intense hunt, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) can now describe an important part of the disease's guerrilla tactics: how hepatitis C converts innocent cells into outright virus factories.  How hepatitis C hides in the body. Apparently, liver cancer can be caught at an early stage through a newly developed blood test, improving the odd...

Treating Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Fight Against the Odds

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third cause of cancer-related death and accounts for more than 90% of primary liver cancers.  It is most frequently diagnosed at an advanced stage in patients with chronic liver injury and cirrhosis.  Despite dedicated research in the last few decades, significant advancements in the treatment of HCC have not been achieved,  and HCC still belongs to the category of cancers with a very low 5-year survival rate of less t

The Week in Review: September 29 – October 6, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017 News Recap: Liver Cancer Two studies on liver cancer in the news last week highlighted the global prevalence and causes of this terrible disease.  The first showed a direct correlation between excess weight and cancer occurrence (including liver cancer) – Cancers linked to excess weight make up 40% of all US diagnoses, study finds, while the second focussed on the global incidence of primary liver cancer. Hepatitis B virus wa...

Liver cancer remains a leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide

Primary liver cancer incidence increased by 75% between 1990 and 2015, and the disease remains one of the leading causes of cancer death in the world, according to a report from the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2015. Further, hepatitis B virus was the leading cause of new cases of liver cancer in 2015, the research showed. The highest rates of liver cancer incidence, disability-adjusted life-years and mortality occurred in East Asia. Japan had 75% o

The Week in Review: September 22 – September 29, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017 News Recap: Merck discontinues HCV programs. There were rumours, but now it’s official: Merck has announced that it will discontinue the development of the investigational combination regimens MK-3682B (grazoprevir/ruzasvir/uprifosbuvir) and MK-3682C (ruzasvir/uprifosbuvir) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. In a statement the company said the decision was made based on a review of available Pha...