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Surgical Management of Localized Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Times of Crisis: A Strategic Approach to Resource Utilization

Authors Tran Cao H, Tzeng CW, Chun YS, Aloia T, Vauthey JN

Received 8 June 2020

Accepted for publication 9 September 2020

Published 28 September 2020 Volume 2020:7 Pages 155—158

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JHC.S266681

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr David Gerber


Hop Tran Cao, Ching-Wei Tzeng, Yun Shin Chun, Thomas Aloia, Jean Nicolas Vauthey

Department of Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

Correspondence: Hop Tran Cao
Department of Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1400 Pressler St, Unit 1484, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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Email hstran@mdanderson.org

Abstract: The management of localized hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is complex and requires multidisciplinary consideration. In times of crisis when resources are limited and the health of patients might be compromised, as is the case with COVID-19, a strategic approach that takes into account tumor characteristics, patient factors, and available treatment options can optimize patient outcomes while balancing resource utilization. Herein, we detail our group’s management strategy for patients with localized HCC during the global pandemic that carefully considers individual patient needs and those of the institutional workforce, the local healthcare system, and the greater patient community we serve.

Keywords: hepatocellular carcinoma, COVID-19, resources, multidisciplinary, hepatectomy

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