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As we step into 2024, we’re excited to continue to bring the latest information and tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the liver cancers field.


Global Liver Institute releases second edition of the Global State of Liver Health report

Explore global perspectives on the factors and care that affect liver disease in our latest edition of The Global State of Liver Health report! Leading experts share insights into best practices and challenges, providing a comprehensive view of liver health worldwide. Discover where local experts advocate for change and the strategies that have proven successful.

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UCLA receives grant from NCI to improve early detection methods for cancer 

The UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center received two grants from the National Cancer Institute to advance liquid biopsy technology that has the ability to detect early-onset cancer. If achieved, a liquid biopsy will serve as a non-invasive medical test that uses a small amount of blood, which medical professionals can use to view the genetic makeup of tumors. With the support of the $9.1 million grant, Jasmine Zhou and her team will advance current tests to detect early liver, colorectal, lung, and stomach cancers with the goal of decreasing mortality rates.

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VA opens three new Vet Centers and six satellite locations

In December, the Department of Veteran Affairs issued a statement announcing three new Vet Centers and six satellite locations. The new locations will be constructed to increase local access to counseling services, including a variety of social and psychological services to eligible Veterans, service members, and their families. These services include no-cost professional counseling for issues like depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and the psychological impact of military trauma. Vet Centers also assist in connecting Veterans with their VA health care or benefits. If you or a loved one are a veteran who is experiencing depression from a diagnosis from severe disease such as liver cancer, reach out to your local Vet Center.


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Mayo Clinic Minute: Treating Liver Cancer 

In a video released by the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Lionel Kankeu Fonkoua, an oncologist at the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center, provides insights on prevention and treatment options. The most prevalent form of primary liver cancer, known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), commonly arises in individuals with chronic liver diseases such as hepatitis. Dr. Fonkoua explains that symptoms may manifest as yellowing of the eyes and skin, stomach pain, and unexplained weight loss. Recent treatments for managing this disease include targeted therapy and immunotherapy. To reduce the risk of developing liver cancer, one can adopt a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, limit alcohol consumption, and receive the hepatitis B vaccine.


The Silent Threat: Liver Cancer and NAFLD in Diabetics

A middle-aged man diagnosed with NAFLD and diabetes three years ago opted for alternative therapies instead of conventional medical treatment. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated, resulting in a stage four liver cancer diagnosis, emphasizing the critical importance of adhering to medical treatment and the potential risks of relying solely on alternative therapies, as highlighted by Dr. Cyriac Abby Philips, also known as TheLiverDoc. The case underscores the link between NAFLD, diabetes, and liver cancer, emphasizing the need for preventive measures, including hepatitis B vaccination and regular monitoring for at-risk individuals.


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