Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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Clinical Practice Guidelines

EASL–EORTC Clinical Practice Guidelines: Management of hepatocellular carcinoma European Association for the Study of the Liver⇑, European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Introduction EASL–EORTC Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) on the management of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) define the use of surveillance, diagnosis, and therapeutic strategies recommended for patients with this type of cancer. This is the first European joint effort by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) to provide common guidelines for the management of hepatocellular carcinoma. These guidelines update the recommendations reported by the EASL panel of experts in HCC published in 2001 [1]. Several clinical and scientific advances have occurred during the past decade and, thus, a modern version of the document is urgently needed. The purpose of this document is to assist physicians, patients, health-care providers, and health-policy makers from Europe and worldwide in the decision-making process according to evidencebased data. Users of these guidelines should be aware that the recommendations are intended to guide clinical practice in circumstances where all possible resources and therapies are available. Thus, they should adapt the recommendations to their local regulations and/or team capacities, infrastructure, and cost– benefit strategies. Finally, this document sets out some recommendations that should be instrumental in advancing the research and knowledge of this disease and ultimately contribute to improve patient care. The EASL–EORTC CPG on the management of hepatocellular carcinoma provide recommendations based on the level of eviReceived 15 December 2011; accepted 15 December 2011 Contributors: Chairmen: Josep M. Llovet (EASL); Michel Ducreux (EORTC). Clinical Practice Guidelines Members: Riccardo Lencioni; Adrian M. Di Bisceglie; Peter...
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