Liver Cancer News

Opdivo Precision Cancer Medicine Improves Outcomes in Advanced Liver Cancer (May 18, 2017)

Results from the CheckMate 040 clinical trial have been recently reported and found that Opdivo (nivolumab), an immuno-oncology drug which acts by modulating the immune system, produces durable responses with long-term survival rates in patients with... Continue Reading

First New Drug for Liver Cancer in a Decade: Stivarga (May 8, 2017)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the indication for Stivarga (regorafenib) to now include treatment for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have previously been treated with the drug Nexavar. Expansion of Stivarga, ‘s... Continue Reading

February: Gallbladder and Bile Duct Awareness Month (February 18, 2016)

Located underneath the liver, the gallbladder is responsible for the concentration and storage of bile which helps to digest the fats in food as they pass through the intestines. Bile is either released from the liver directly into ducts that carry it... Continue Reading

Vistogard® Approved for Life-Threatening Toxicities of Certain Chemotherapy Agents (February 11, 2016)

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vistogard (uridine triacetate) for the treatment of life-threatening toxicities caused by the chemotherapy drugs fluorouracil or capecitabine. The approved indication is for the “emergency... Continue Reading

Infection with Hepatitis C Increases Risk of Cirrhosis (March 10, 2015)

People who are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) have a higher risk for developing the liver disease cirrhosis, particularly within the first five years after infection. These findings were released in JAMA Internal Medicine. Cirrhosis, or late-stage... Continue Reading

Hepatitis C Cases Could Be Cured By Novel Oral Drug Regimen (July 31, 2014)

According to the results of two new clinical studies published in The Lancet, two new pill-only antiviral drug regimens for hepatitis C virus infection provide shorter and more effective treatment options with fewer side effects for most patients affected... Continue Reading

Liver Cancer Drug Livatag® Granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration Fast Track Designation (May 27, 2014)

The drug Livatag® (doxorubicin Transdrug™) has received fast-track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of primary liver cancer after treatment with Nexavar® (sorafenib). This was recently announced in a press... Continue Reading

Coffee Cuts Risk of Liver Cancer (November 8, 2013)

Good news for coffee addicts—new research has found that regular coffee consumption can reduce the risk of liver cancer by 40 percent. In fact, the study—published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology—found that people who consume more than... Continue Reading

End-of-Life Care Remains Aggressive, Despite Patient Wishes (September 16, 2013)

Although most patients with advanced cancer prefer hospice or palliative care that minimizes symptoms, many continue to receive aggressive treatment during their final weeks and months of life. In fact, elderly patients with advanced cancer often receive... Continue Reading

Following Lifestyle Recommendations Reduces Risk of Cancer Death (May 15, 2013)

People who follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations laid out by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) have a 34 percent reduced risk of dying from several diseases and specifically, a 20 percent... Continue Reading

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Hepatocellular Carcinoma Liver Cancer

Antiviral Therapy May Reduce the Risk of Tumor Recurrence in HBV-Related Liver Cancer (November 26, 2012)

Patients with hepatitis B-related liver cancer who receive antiviral drugs after curative surgery have a lower risk of recurrence compared to those who do not receive antiviral therapy, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the... Continue Reading

Nexavar® Improves Survival in Advanced Liver Cancer (March 8, 2009)

Nexavar® Improves Survival in Advanced Liver Cancer The targeted agent Nexavar (sorafenib) is associated with improved survival and doubling of the time to cancer progression for patients with advanced liver cancer. These results were recently published... Continue Reading

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Recurrent Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer Drug Livatag® Granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration Fast Track Designation (May 27, 2014)

The drug Livatag® (doxorubicin Transdrug™) has received fast-track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of primary liver cancer after treatment with Nexavar® (sorafenib). This was recently announced in a press... Continue Reading

Cabozantinib Shows Promise against Bone Metastases (May 31, 2011)

The investigational drug cabozantinib is showing promise against several types of advanced cancer, and may also reduce or eliminate bone metastases (cancer that has spread to the bone) in some patients. These results will be presented at the 2011 annual... Continue Reading

Study Evaluates Whole-brain Radiation Following Surgery or Radiosurgery in Cancer Spread to the Brain (November 16, 2010)

Results from a randomized Phase III study indicate that whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) following removal of one to three brain metastases with surgery or radiosurgery does not improve overall survival or duration of functional independence but does... Continue Reading

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Screening/Prevention Liver Cancer

Infection with Hepatitis C Increases Risk of Cirrhosis (March 10, 2015)

People who are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) have a higher risk for developing the liver disease cirrhosis, particularly within the first five years after infection. These findings were released in JAMA Internal Medicine. Cirrhosis, or late-stage... Continue Reading

Hepatitis C Cases Could Be Cured By Novel Oral Drug Regimen (July 31, 2014)

According to the results of two new clinical studies published in The Lancet, two new pill-only antiviral drug regimens for hepatitis C virus infection provide shorter and more effective treatment options with fewer side effects for most patients affected... Continue Reading

Coffee Cuts Risk of Liver Cancer (November 8, 2013)

Good news for coffee addicts—new research has found that regular coffee consumption can reduce the risk of liver cancer by 40 percent. In fact, the study—published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology—found that people who consume more than... Continue Reading

Aspirin Continues to Look Promising for Cancer Prevention (March 26, 2012)

A combined analysis of 51 randomized trials found that daily aspirin use reduces the risk of new cancer diagnoses as well as the risk of cancer death. These results were published in The Lancet. A growing body of evidence suggests that aspirin may reduce... Continue Reading

Study Identifies Risk Factors Including Hepatitis C and Alcohol for Developing Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Liver Cancer) (March 12, 2012)

Liver cancer incidence has increased over time in the United States, and chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus now plays an important role in many cases. These results were published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The liver is the largest organ in... Continue Reading

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Stage IV Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer Drug Livatag® Granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration Fast Track Designation (May 27, 2014)

The drug Livatag® (doxorubicin Transdrug™) has received fast-track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of primary liver cancer after treatment with Nexavar® (sorafenib). This was recently announced in a press... Continue Reading

Nexavar Superior to Sutent in Liver Cancer (June 23, 2011)

Nexavar® (sorafenib) provides superior overall survival to Sutent® (sunitinib) in the treatment of hepatocellular (liver) cancer. These results were presented at the 2011 annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting. Hepatocellular carcinoma... Continue Reading

Cabozantinib Shows Promise against Bone Metastases (May 31, 2011)

The investigational drug cabozantinib is showing promise against several types of advanced cancer, and may also reduce or eliminate bone metastases (cancer that has spread to the bone) in some patients. These results will be presented at the 2011 annual... Continue Reading

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Status to Investigational Liver Cancer Drug (May 2, 2011)

PV-10—an investigational liver cancer drug—has been designated an orphan drug by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The orphan drug designation is intended to encourage the development of drugs for rare diseases by providing incentives for... Continue Reading

Study Evaluates Whole-brain Radiation Following Surgery or Radiosurgery in Cancer Spread to the Brain (November 16, 2010)

Results from a randomized Phase III study indicate that whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) following removal of one to three brain metastases with surgery or radiosurgery does not improve overall survival or duration of functional independence but does... Continue Reading

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Stages I-III Liver Cancer

Antiviral Therapy May Reduce the Risk of Tumor Recurrence in HBV-Related Liver Cancer (November 26, 2012)

Patients with hepatitis B-related liver cancer who receive antiviral drugs after curative surgery have a lower risk of recurrence compared to those who do not receive antiviral therapy, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the... Continue Reading

Nexavar Superior to Sutent in Liver Cancer (June 23, 2011)

Nexavar® (sorafenib) provides superior overall survival to Sutent® (sunitinib) in the treatment of hepatocellular (liver) cancer. These results were presented at the 2011 annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting. Hepatocellular carcinoma... Continue Reading

Combination Chemotherapy Improves Survival with Biliary Tract Cancer (May 17, 2010)

According to the results of a Phase III clinical trial, treatment of locally advanced or metastatic biliary tract cancer with a combination of Gemzar® (gemcitabine) and cisplatin results in better survival and a lower risk of cancer progression than... Continue Reading

Avastin® plus Tarceva® Shows Promise in Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma (March 8, 2009)

Avastin® plus Tarceva® Shows Promise in Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma According to the results of a Phase II clinical trial, the combination of two targeted therapies-Avastin® (bevacizumab) and Tarceva® (erlotinib)-has anticancer activity in patients... Continue Reading

Nexavar® Effective for Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Asians (March 8, 2009)

Nexavar® Effective for Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Asians Researchers from 23 medical centers in Asia have reported that Nexavar® (sorafenib) is effective in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer). The results of this study were... Continue Reading

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