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HCC exception policy for liver transplant reduces survival benefit for patients with HCC

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Researchers from the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Washington, found that the hepatocellular carcinoma MELD exception policy reduces liver transplantation-related survival benefit in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, according to published findings. "Because patients with HCC are transplanted at significantly lower mean MELD score than patients without HCC, due to the HCC MELD exception policy, we hypothesized that patients with HCC might derive a substantially lower survival benefit," the researchers wrote. more

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