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Four HCC characteristics typically inform tumor behavior: maximum tumor size, number of nodules, portal vein thrombosis and serum AFP level. The sum of these parameters was recently published as an HCC Aggressiveness Index. We aimed to validate this index retrospectively in a larger and independent HCC cohort of 2706 Italian HCC patients, and to evaluate a possible relationship between the index and liver function parameters. The scores in the HCC Aggressiveness Index were again found to significantly relate to patient survival. Furthermore, in a multiple logistic regression model of the Aggressiveness Index score categories, there were significant differences in several liver parameter terciles amongst the score categories, suggesting a relationship of liver function to tumor aggressiveness. It was concluded that a prognostically significant Tumor Aggressiveness Index was validated and was found to be related to levels of some common liver function parameters.
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Author(s): Brian I Carr, Vito Guerra, Edoardo G. Giannini, Fabio Farinati, Francesca Ciccarese, Gian Ludovico Rapaccini, Maria Di Marco, Luisa Benvegnù,Marco Zoli, Franco Borzio, Eugenio Caturelli, Alberto Masotto and Franco Trevisani
HCC, Aggressiveness index, Survival, Liver function, Integrative Oncology, Molecular Oncology, Clinical Oncology