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CLDF collaborates with Walgreens to offer free rapid HCV testing

CLDF collaborates with Walgreens to offer free rapid HCV testing

The Chronic Liver Disease Foundation announced today that it's collaborating with Walgreens to offer free hepatitis C (HCV) testing with the OraQuick HCV Rapid Test at more than 60 Walgreens retail pharmacies in 12 major cities throughout the country. [More]
Researchers uncover mechanism behind common mutation that helps cancer cells replicate limitlessly

Researchers uncover mechanism behind common mutation that helps cancer cells replicate limitlessly

More than 500,000 people in the United States die each year of cancer-related causes. Now, emerging research has identified the mechanism behind one of the most common mutations that help cancer cells replicate limitlessly. [More]
MD Anderson researchers find significant clinical variations among liver cancer patients

MD Anderson researchers find significant clinical variations among liver cancer patients

Significant clinical variations exist among patients with the most common type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), depending on the viral cause of the disease -hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV). These differences suggest that hepatitis status should be considered when developing treatment plans for newly diagnosed patients, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
Simple blood test could help predict effectiveness of interferon-based therapy in HCV-infected patients

Simple blood test could help predict effectiveness of interferon-based therapy in HCV-infected patients

A simple blood test can be used to predict which chronic hepatitis C patients will respond to interferon-based therapy, according to a report in the May issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the basic science journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. [More]
Overview of Blueprint Medicines' kinase drug discovery strategy published in JCI

Overview of Blueprint Medicines' kinase drug discovery strategy published in JCI

Blueprint Medicines today announced that the Journal of Clinical Investigation published an overview of the Company's kinase drug discovery and development strategy. The publication underscores Blueprint Medicines' focus on identifying novel genomically defined disease drivers and the use of novel chemistry from its proprietary compound library to craft highly selective kinase inhibitors for new and difficult-to-drug kinase targets. [More]
Can-Fite receives EMA clearance to begin CF102 Phase II trial for treatment of HCC patients in Europe

Can-Fite receives EMA clearance to begin CF102 Phase II trial for treatment of HCC patients in Europe

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs being developed to treat inflammatory diseases, cancer and sexual dysfunction, today announced it recently received clearance from the European Medicines Agency to commence dosing patients in Europe in its global Phase II trial for CF102 in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer. [More]
Exalenz Bioscience investigates clinical utility of BreathID test to diagnose NASH

Exalenz Bioscience investigates clinical utility of BreathID test to diagnose NASH

Exalenz Bioscience, a leader in developing and marketing of non-invasive medical devices for diagnosing and monitoring a range of gastrointestinal and liver diseases, today announced the initiation of a clinical study evaluating the potential of its BreathID test to diagnose nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). [More]
Occurrence of advanced liver fibrosis similar for patients with HCV infection

Occurrence of advanced liver fibrosis similar for patients with HCV infection

Study results presented today at The International Liver Congress 2015 show that the occurrence of advanced liver fibrosis is similar for patients infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), whether or not they have been diagnosed. [More]
Therapeutic candidate BLU-554 has significant anti-tumor activity in HCC models

Therapeutic candidate BLU-554 has significant anti-tumor activity in HCC models

Blueprint Medicines today announced new preclinical data demonstrating that BLU-554, a selective and potent inhibitor of fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 (FGFR4), has significant anti-tumor activity in models of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) that are dependent on FGFR4 signaling. [More]
Study identifies BLU-554 as potential treatment option for HCC patients

Study identifies BLU-554 as potential treatment option for HCC patients

Findings were presented today at The International Liver CongressTM 2015 on a novel therapeutic candidate for a genomically defined subset of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with an aberrant fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 (FGFR4) pathway. [More]
Exome sequencing helps identify link between environmental exposures and mutational patterns in HCC

Exome sequencing helps identify link between environmental exposures and mutational patterns in HCC

A new study presented today at The International Liver Congress 2015 shows that by using genomic analyses to understand how and when carcinogenic mutations occur in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), it is possible to identify specific molecular profiles. It is hoped that these molecular profiles will help identify which patients would benefit from specific anticancer treatments. [More]

Long-term ETV or TDF therapy improves survival rate for Caucasian patients with CHB

Data revealed today at The International Liver Congress 2015 show that the long-term use of entecavir (ETV) or tenofovir (TDF) results in excellent 5-year survival for Caucasian patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), with more than 95% of patients surviving at 5 years and a significant proportion of deaths coming from liver-unrelated causes. [More]
Can-Fite seeks EMA Orphan Drug Designation for CF102 in HCC

Can-Fite seeks EMA Orphan Drug Designation for CF102 in HCC

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that are being developed to treat inflammatory diseases, cancer and sexual dysfunction, announced today it has submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency for Orphan Drug Designation for its drug candidate CF102 in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer. [More]
No effect of baseline cirrhosis on long-term TDF treatment outcomes

No effect of baseline cirrhosis on long-term TDF treatment outcomes

Research suggests that virological, serological and histological outcomes are comparable between cirrhotic and noncirrhotic patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection undergoing long-term tenofovir disoproxil fumarate treatment. [More]
Delcath expands global Phase 2 program to treat hepatocellular carcinoma

Delcath expands global Phase 2 program to treat hepatocellular carcinoma

Delcath Systems, Inc. announces the expansion of its global Phase 2 program for the treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or primary liver cancer. [More]
NASH patients more likely to have increased intestinal permeability, shows study

NASH patients more likely to have increased intestinal permeability, shows study

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the more severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) that can progress to liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, is associated with leakiness of the intestinal wall, which in turn may worsen liver disease, according to research published in Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the new basic science journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. [More]
CASI receives CFDA approval for ENMD-2076 Phase 2 clinical trial in ovarian clear cell carcinoma

CASI receives CFDA approval for ENMD-2076 Phase 2 clinical trial in ovarian clear cell carcinoma

CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics addressing cancer and other unmet medical needs for the global market with a commercial focus on China, announced today that the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has approved the Company's application to conduct a Phase 2 global clinical trial in ovarian clear cell carcinoma (OCCC) patients for its proprietary drug candidate ENMD-2076. [More]
CASI initiates ENMD-2076 Phase 2 trial in Chinese patients with triple-negative breast cancer

CASI initiates ENMD-2076 Phase 2 trial in Chinese patients with triple-negative breast cancer

CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics addressing cancer and other unmet medical needs for the global market with a commercial focus on China, announces that it has initiated a Phase 2 trial of its target therapy drug candidate ENMD-2076 in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) at the Cancer Hospital of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, China. [More]
Long-term entecavir, TDF effective in chronic HBV in real-world setting

Long-term entecavir, TDF effective in chronic HBV in real-world setting

A Turkish clinical practice study shows that entecavir and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate can effectively maintain long-term virological and biochemical responses in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection, both in those with and without cirrhosis. [More]
SARAH study completes patient enrolment to evaluate treatment for primary liver cancer

SARAH study completes patient enrolment to evaluate treatment for primary liver cancer

SARAH, a large French study of patients with advanced, inoperable primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC) has completed patient enrolment, exceeding its 400-patient target, according to its principal investigator, Professor Valérie Vilgrain MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, Beaujon Hospital, Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) and Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, France. [More]
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