February 9, 2016
In a U.S. Veteran population, a majority of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma had undetected cirrhosis at the time carcinoma was diagnosed. These patients were also more likely to have advanced stage HCC.
“The findings from the study may suggest that under-recognition of cirrhosis might, at least in part, explain the disconnection between the expected and observed benefits associated with HCC screening practices in the [U.S.],” the researchers wrote.