Indications and limitations of liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma

L. James Wudel, William C. Chapman

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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common cause of cancer-related death worldwide, yet remains difficult to treat, with dismal overall long-term survival rates. Recent strategies using liver transplantation for carefully selected patients with stage I and II HCC and cirrhosis have shown promising results, with 5-year survival rates comparable to survival rates for transplantation patients without malignancy. Currently, however, limited resources and a severe organ shortage make liver transplantation an option for only a limited number of patients with HCC in the United States. Future studies must document the long-term success of this therapy and improve methods for disease control before and after transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-90
Number of pages14
JournalSurgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2003


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