Published in Cancer Weekly, February 3rd, 2004
According to a study from Italy, "hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) frequently complicates hepatic cirrhosis secondary to viral infection or iron overload. Therefore, patients affected by thalassemia syndromes have a theoretically high risk of developing the tumor. We collected data on patients attending Italian centers for the treatment of thalassemia."
"Twenty-two cases of HCC were identified; 15 were male. At diagnosis, the mean age was 45±11 years and the mean serum ferritin was 1764±1448 microgram/l," reported C. Borgna-Pignatti and colleagues, University of...
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