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AASLD 2016: Is Improved Treatment Reducing Liver Cancer Among People with Hepatitis B?

The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) appears to be decreasing and mortality improving among chronic hepatitis B patients treated with suppressive antiviral therapy, according to studies presented at the recent 2016 AASLD Liver Meeting in Boston. However, liver cancer remains a major indication for liver transplants and has a negative effect on survival of people with hepatitis B.

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AASLD 2016: Nivolumab Shows Good Safety and Promising Response Rates in Liver Cancer Study

Nivolumab (Opdivo), an antibody that blocks the PD-1 receptor and restores T-cell anti-tumor activity, appeared safe and was associated with disease control and stabilization in a Phase 1/2 study of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, according to late-breaking results from the CheckMate 040 study presented at the AASLD Liver Meeting last month in Boston.

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Hepatitis B Vaccine, Hepatitis C Treatment Could Prevent Most Liver Cancer

Widespread vaccination against hepatitis B virus (HBV) and prompt treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) -- which together are the most common cause of hepatocellular carcinoma -- could prevent an estimated 80% of liver cancer deaths, according to the World Hepatitis Alliance in an announcement commemorating World Cancer Day.

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Blood Test Could Help Predict Which Hepatitis B Patients Will Develop Liver Cancer

A blood test that measures a set of circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) may help identify who will develop hepatitis B virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a type of primary liver cancer, according to research published in the May 24 online edition of OncoTarget.

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AASLD 2015: Coffee Linked to Reduced Liver Fibrosis in People with HBV, HCV, and NAFLD

Drinking coffee was associated with lower liver stiffness -- a non-invasive measure used to estimate liver fibrosis -- in people with hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), researchers reported at the 2015 AASLD Liver Meeting last week in San Francisco. The study also showed a trend toward less liver fat build-up in people with NAFLD.alt

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Cancer Is Falling Overall But Liver Cancer Is Rising, Largely Due to Hepatitis B and C

Overall cancer rates have declined significantly in the U.S. over the past decade thanks to better screening and prevention, with the notable exception of liver cancer, according to a new Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. A majority of liver cancer is caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV), which is preventable with a vaccine, or hepatitis C virus (HCV), which can now be cured in most cases.

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Antiviral Treatment for Hepatitis B Improves Liver Function after Decompensation

Early treatment with antiviral therapy can restore liver function and increase survival in chronic hepatitis B patients with decompensated cirrhosis who might otherwise need a liver transplant, according to a Korean study published in the June 2015 issue of Hepatology.

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