The Week in Review: February 23 – March 2, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Shifting from concern to crisis: 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease. Recent indicators gathered by the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) show that an increased prevalence of liver diseases including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), chronic hepatitis B & C, and liver cancer are why in just ten years, the statistic that was once 1 in 10, is now 1 in 4. Ontario Expands Patient Acce...

DAA therapy improves HCV-related liver transplantation outcomes

The high efficacy of direct-acting antivirals correlated with significant improvement in survival of patients who underwent liver transplantation for hepatitis C-related liver disease, according to a recently published study. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the main cause of end-stage liver disease leading to liver transplantation (LT) in the Western world, and until the widespread use of the direct-acting antiviral regimens (DAA) it had a significan

Brenda’s Story

MY JOURNEY – 2015, by Brenda Thorne Dedicated To: My grandchildren, whose mere presence on this earth gave me the courage to work hard to regain my strength and health. If I hadn’t wanted to watch them grow up, I might have given up. I wanted so badly to see each and every one of them. With 3 of them living in Texas, our Kitchener grandchild became the one who had all the responsibility of keeping Nana working hard. Her visits were so very importan

Effect of Sorafenib on Overall Survival Dependent on Viral Status

The effect of sorafenib on overall survival may depend on the hepatitis status of patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Findings from the Sorafenib Hepatocellular Carcinoma Assessment Randomized Protocol (SHARP) trial led to sorafenib becoming the standard of care for patients with advanced unresectable HCC. Patients who were both hepatitis B virus (HBV) negative and h