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HIV+ Liver Cancer Patients Less Likely to Get Transplant
Date:1/26/2011

antation is the optimum treatment for [liver cancer] and can also be considered for controlled HIV-positive patients with liver cancer," lead author Dr. Rene Adam, from Hospital Paul Brousse, said in a journal news release. "Our study showed that HIV infection impaired the results of liver transplantation on an intent-to-treat basis but exerted no significant impact on overall survival and recurrence-free survival following transplantation."

The researcher also said the study confirmed the importance of AFP levels.

"There is clearly a critical need for more effective neoadjuvant therapy in HIV-positive patients with [liver cancer]; however there are no objective arguments to contraindicate liver transplantation in this group if strict criteria are used for selection and patients are closely monitored until surgery," Adam concluded in the news release.

The study findings were released online in advance of publication in the February print issue of the journal Hepatology.

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The American Liver Foundation has more about liver transplant.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Hepatology, news release, Jan. 25, 2011


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