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Liver Transplantation for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Racial Disparities?

Freeman, Richard B., M.D.

American Journal of Gastroenterology: January 2008 - Volume 103 - Issue 1 - p 128–130

Liver transplantation for patients with early-stage hepatocellular cancer evidently represents an extremely effective treatment as compared to other modalities, at least by one analysis of a cancer database. However, less than one-fourth of the apparently acceptable candidates receive this treatment and African Americans are underrepresented in this group. The cause of these results, however, remains obscure with the need for a more in-depth confirmation of these findings readily apparent.

Division of Transplantation, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Reprint requests and correspondence: Richard B. Freeman, M.D., Division of Transplantation, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Box 40, 750 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111.

Received September 4, 2007; accepted September 12, 2007.

© The American College of Gastroenterology 2008. All Rights Reserved.
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