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A Survey of Liver Cancer Specialists’ Views on the National Liver Cancer Screening Program in Korea
Won Sohn, Young-Sun Lee, Jae Geun Lee, Jihyun An, Eun Sun Jang, Dong Ho Lee, Dong Hyun Sinn
J Liver Cancer. 2020;20(1):53-59.   Published online March 31, 2020
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17998/jlc.20.1.53
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Background/Aims
To reduce the cancer burden, the Korean government initiated the National Cancer Control Plan including the National Liver Cancer Screening Program (NLCSP). Ultrasonography examinations and α-fetoprotein tests at six-month intervals are currently offered for high-risk individuals. High-risk individuals are identified by reviewing the National Health Insurance Service claims data for medical use for the past two years using International Classification of Diseases Codes for specific liver disease. We surveyed the attitudes and opinions towards the NLCSP to understand the issues surrounding the NLCSP in Korea.
Methods
Altogether, 90 Korean Liver Cancer Association members participated in online and offline surveys between November and December 2019.
Results
Approximately one-quarter (27%) of the survey participants rated the NLCSP as very contributing and about two-thirds (68%) as contributing to some extent toward reducing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)-related deaths in Korea. Most (87.8%) responded that the current process of identifying high-risk individuals needs improvement. Many (78.9%) were concerned that the current process identifies individuals who use medical services and paradoxically misses those who do not. When asked for the foremost priority for improvement, solving ‘duplication issues between the NLCSP and private clinic HCC screening practices’ was the most commonly selected choice (23.3%).
Conclusions
The survey participants positively rated the role of the NLCSP in reducing liver cancer deaths. However, many participants rated the NCLSP as needing improvement in all areas. This survey can be a relevant resource for future health policy decisions regarding the NLCSP in Korea.

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    Sujeong Shin, Won Sohn, Yoosoo Chang, Yoosun Cho, Min‐Jung Kwon, Sarah H. Wild, Christopher D. Byrne, Seungho Ryu
    Hepatology Research.2024; 54(6): 551.     CrossRef
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    Yuri Cho, Bo Hyun Kim, Young-Suk Lim
    Digestive Disease Interventions.2024;[Epub]     CrossRef
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    Myung Ji Goh, Dong Hyun Sinn, Jong Man Kim, Min Woo Lee, Dong Ho Hyun, Jeong Il Yu, Jung Yong Hong, Moon Seok Choi
    Clinical and Molecular Hepatology.2023; 29(2): 197.     CrossRef
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    Journal of Liver Cancer.2023; 23(1): 189.     CrossRef
  • Selecting the Target Population for Screening of Hepatic Fibrosis in Primary Care Centers in Korea
    Huiyul Park, Eileen L. Yoon, Mimi Kim, Seon Cho, Jung-Hwan Kim, Dae Won Jun, Eun-Hee Nah
    Journal of Clinical Medicine.2022; 11(6): 1474.     CrossRef
  • Fibrosis Burden of Missed and Added Populations According to the New Definition of Metabolic Dysfunction-Associated Fatty Liver
    Huiyul Park, Eileen L. Yoon, Mimi Kim, Jung-Hwan Kim, Seon Cho, Dae Won Jun, Eun-Hee Nah
    Journal of Clinical Medicine.2021; 10(19): 4625.     CrossRef
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Multicenter Planning Comparison of Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Major Portal Vein Tumor Thrombosis (KROG 16-17)
Bae, Sun Hyun , Kim, Mi Sook , Jang, Won Il , Kim, Jin Ho , Kim, Woo Chul , Kim, Jin Hee , Jeong, Bae Kwon , Kim, Yong Ho , Jo, Sunmi , Choi, Chul Won , Park, Younghee , Cho, Kwang Hwan
J Liver Cancer. 2018;18(2):130-141.   Published online September 30, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17998/jlc.18.2.130
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Background/Aims
To evaluate the technical feasibility of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with the major portal vein tumor thrombosis (PVTT).
Methods
Ten institutions affiliated with the Korean Stereotactic Radiosurgery Group were provided the contours of four cases: the first case was the first branch PVTT with sufficient normal liver volume (NLV), the second was the first branch PVTT with insufficient NLV, the third was the main trunk PVTT at confluence level, and the fourth was the main trunk PVTT with entire length. The institutions were asked to make SBRT plans according to their current treatment protocols and to complete facility questionnaires.
Results
Based on institutional protocols, SBRT was feasible in nine institutions for the first case (32-60 Gy in 3-5 fractions), in eight institutions for the second case (32-50 Gy in 3-5 fractions), in seven institutions for the third case (35-60 Gy in 3-5 fractions), and in four institutions for the fourth case (35-42 Gy in 4-5 fractions). The other institutions recommended hypo- or conventional fractionation due to insufficient NLV or gastrointestinal organ proximity. With analysis of the SBRT dose to the central hepatobiliary tract, the major PVTT could theoretically be associated with a high risk of hepatobiliary toxicity.
Conclusions
Although SBRT is a technically feasible option for HCC with the major PVTT, there was a variability among the participating institutions. Therefore, further studies will be necessary to standardize the practice of SBRT for the major PVTT.

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  • Current status of stereotactic body radiotherapy for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma
    Jongmoo Park, Jae Won Park, Min Kyu Kang
    Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine.2019; 36(3): 192.     CrossRef
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