Hepatocellular carcinoma rupture 'not pivotal' to survival

The finding is from the first Australian study to consider the impact of rupture on prognosis

Patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tumour rupture should be treated with long-term survival in mind, say the authors of an Australian study.

CT scan liver cancer

Clinicians from six Melbourne hospitals retrospectively examined outcomes for 33 patients presenting with HCC tumour rupture between 2007 and 2018, comparing each with three closely matched patients with the cancer whose tumours remained intact.

Patients with ruptured tumours had a numerically longer median survival than those who did not (1.7 years vs 1.3 years), the