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Improving survival after resection of hepatocellular carcinoma: Characteristics and current status of surgical treatment of primary liver cancer in Japan

  • Takayoshi Tobe
  • Shigeki Arii

Abstract

The Liver Cancer Study Group of Japan has been conducting a follow up study of primary liver cancer since 1965 [1-7]. The records of 38,255 patients show that primary liver cancer in Japan has the following characteristics:
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    Over 90% of all microscopically proven liver cancers are hepatocellular carcinomas

     
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    The incidence of primary liver cancer is highest in the sixth decade of life

     
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    Primary liver cancer is more common in men than in women

     
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    Many patients have a past history of hepatitis and frequently have hepatic cirrhosis; however, the number of carriers of HBs antigen has been decreasing (40% in 1970, 22.5% in 1987)

     
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    About half of the hepatocellular carcinoma patients have high blood levels of AFP

     

Keywords

Liver Cancer Hepatic Resection Primary Liver Cancer Hepatic Cirrhosis Good Survival Rate 
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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Takayoshi Tobe
    • 1
  • Shigeki Arii
    • 1
  1. 1.1st Department of SurgeryKyoto University Faculty of MedicineSakyo-ku, KyotoJapan

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