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Multi-parameter prediction model for detection and management of liver cancer

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Overview

The multi-parameter prediction model based on liquid biopsy could guide hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) detection and clinical management. The model has good performance in early detection, disease monitoring, companion diagnostic tumor profiling and patient prognostication of HCC.

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Problem addressed

There is no comprehensive examination of integrative genomic landscape of ctDNA and utilizing it in HCC. There is no practical guideline to advise procedures in adopting liquid biopsy for HCC detectiona and clinical management.

Innovation
  • The multimodal genomic investigations include tumor mutation burden (the number of somatic mutations per 1Mb sequenced) in blood, somatic mutations, and hepatitis B virus genomic integrations, using the targeted-panel sequencing to examine ctDNA and delineate their holistic genomic landscape, which provide superior performance than considering individual hallmarks alone.
Key impact
  • Translational applications of liquid biopsy allows early detection of HCC, which often presents at advanced stages and hence is inoperable.
  • An noninvasive and promising approach for HCC disease monitoring and particularly useful when liver needle biopsy or repeated biopsy sampling is not feasible, as in HCC due to the risk of bleeding.
Application
  • For HCC detection, disease monitoring and prognostication.
  • As a measurement for HCC drug treatment efficacy.

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