New Findings Released at Annual Digestive Disease Week Meeting
Dr. Anders Nyberg, Gastroenterologist, Kaiser Permanente
(Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 19, 2015) – The 3.2 million Americans living with chronic hepatitis C face many serious complications.
Dr. Anders Nyberg, a gastroenterologist at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA, discovered something significant by studying cancer rates in hepatitis C patients, according to research presented during Digestive Disease Week (DDW).
WHILE IT’S KNOWN CHRONIC HEPATITIS C IS LINKED TO LIVER CANCER, OUR TEAM FOUND OTHER KINDS OF CANCER WERE MORE PREVALENT IN HEPATITIS C PATIENTS THAN IN THE GENERAL POPULATION. IN ADDITION TO LIVER CANCER, WE FOUND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CANCERS AND NON-HODGKINS LYMPHOMA WERE SIGNIFICANTLY ELEVATED IN HEPATITIS C PATIENTS.
OUR FINDINGS SUGGEST HEPATITIS C PATIENTS NEED TO WORK WITH THEIR DOCTOR TO GET TREATMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE ARE NOW LOOKING AT WHAT MIGHT EXPLAIN THE HIGHER RATES OF CANCER IN HEPATITIS C PATIENTS. HOW MUCH IS CAUSED BY HEPATITIS C VERSUS OTHER RISK FACTORS SUCH AS SMOKING OR DIABETES.
DDW is the largest gathering of physicians and researchers in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. To learn more about this and other important research being presented at Digestive Disease Week, visit ddw.org.