Genetics of Ancestry in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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Genetics of Ancestry in Hepatocellular Carcinoma


What is Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)?

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of primary liver cancer. HCC occurs most often in people with chronic liver diseases. This includes cirrhosis caused by hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection.


How was the research done?

Researchers plan to use results to help build new ideas and questions about genetic ancestries from many countries. As well as the genetic ancestry of certain patterns linked with common liver cancer genes. They will link this data with patient details from Vanderbilt’s Cancer Registry. They want to understand the relationship between genetics and how liver cancer develops.


What is the importance of this study?

Researchers study genes and physical traits to understand the risk for liver cancer. This can help them predict how the disease might progress. They need data about the variation in certain genetic patterns linked to liver cancer in different groups of people. This will help make a model that can predict the risk of liver cancer.