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Hepatocellular Cancer: Pathologic Considerations

  • Gregory Y. Lauwers
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Abstract

While the incidence of HCCs has been rising worldwide, there has been a steady stream of novel information related to the histologic characteristics of HCCs, including their pattern of spread, the risk factors for recurrence, and long-term prognosis. More particularly, a focus of great interest has been the diagnosis of early HCC. Understanding by histopathologists, surgeons, hepatologists, and oncologists of the nuances of the diagnosis of early HCC, as well as the importance of detailed pathologic analysis of surgical specimens, is crucial to developing appropriate therapeutic algorithms based on precise prognostic stratification.

Keywords

Histology Prognostic factors Precursor lesions 

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  • Gregory Y. Lauwers
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  1. 1.Department of PathologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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