How is early-stage resectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated?

Updated: Jun 05, 2020
  • Author: Mohammad Muhsin Chisti, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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See the list below:

  • For patients with early-stage HCC, a partial hepatectomy can offer a potential cure, provided the patient is a surgical candidate, based on performance status and comorbidities. [2]

  • Hepatic resection is recommended in patients who have preserved liver function (generally Child-Pugh class A without portal hypertension) and a solitary mass without macrovascular invasion, and who will have an adequate liver remnant.

  • For patients with limited disease, but deemed unresectable due to tumor characteristics and location, liver transplantation may offer an alternative option for curative treatment.


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