Fibrolamellar carcinoma of the liver

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Q) Fibrolamellar Carcinoma of the liver  a) Occurs in the setting of cirrhosis b) Has worse survival than Hepatocellular carcinoma c) Can be followed up for long time d) Seen in young females Answer

HCC Cancer

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Q) Which of the following is true about screening in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC Cancer)  a) Alpha feto protein should be done 6 monthly b) Ultrasound abdomen should be done 6 monthly c) Candidates for liver transplant should be screened every 3 months d) Nodules more than 2 cm should be followed up  more regularly Answer b Cirrhosis is prone for development of HCC. Screeing has to be stringrnt.  Earlier ultrasound of liver and alpha feto protein were both used for screening In 2009 Marrero et al demonstrated the suboptimal accuracy of AFP and after that it has been removed from the screening protocol and now only ultrasound is being done. The screening recommendation is not for those patients with severe associated conditions and with advanced liver disease who are already considered for  transplant. So there is no screening for those who are already listed. Nodules more than 1 cm are highly suspicious where as in nodules less than 1 cm only 40% will be malignant. Ref: blumgart 6th edition