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Review Article Strategies for the Curative Therapy of Early Stage HCC: First or SalvageTransplantation?
Nam-Joon Yi
Journal of Liver Cancer 2012;12(2):102-108
Published online: September 30, 2012
Division of HBP Surgery, Department of Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding author:  Nam-Joon Yi,
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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a major cause of cancer mortality worldwide, especially in Asian countriesas well as Korea, and liver transplantation (LT) has potentials to improve survival for patients with HCC. However, major hamper to LT for HCC has been graft shortage. To solve this problem, liver resection (LR) has to be rejuvenated in the general algorithm of HCC treatment in the light of salvage transplantation (ST) strategies. The LR followed by ST in case of HCC recurrence is an attractive concept in early stage HCC and cirrhosis with acceptable liver function. These challenges in technique, indications, pre-LT observation and treatments for recurred HCC, and prioritization policies of patients on the waiting list have to be precise through prospective investigations that have to include individualization of prognosis, biological variables and pathology surrogates as stratification criteria. Accepting this challenges have been part of the history of LT and will endure for the future. This article will focus on the ST after LR in terms of intention-to-analysis

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