Fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma
|Fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma|
|Classification and external resources|
Fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (FHCC) is a rare form of hepatocellular carcinoma that typically affects young adults and is characterized, under the microscope, by laminated fibrous layers interspersed between the tumour cells. Approximately 200 new cases are diagnosed worldwide each year.
FHCC has a low age of onset (~27 years) when compared to conventional HCC. Also, unlike conventional HCC, patients most often do not have coexistent liver disease.
FHCC generally occurs in young adults without underlying cirrhosis. Compared to conventional HCC, FHCC grows slowly and has better prognosis, probably owing to its high resectability.
The histopathology of FHCC is characterized by laminated fibrous layers, interspersed between the tumor cells. Cytologically, the tumor cells have a low nuclear to cytoplasmic ratio with abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm. Tumors are non-encapsulated, but well circumscribed, when compared to conventional HCC (which typically has an invasive border).
FHCC has a high resectability rate, i.e. it can often be surgically removed. Liver resection is the optimal treatment and may need to be performed more than once, since this disease has a very high recurrence rate. Due to such recurrence, periodic follow-up medical imaging (CT or MRI) is necessary.
As the tumor is quite rare, there is no standard chemotherapy regimen.
The survival rate for fibrolamellar HCC largely depends on whether (and to what degree) the cancer has metastasized, i.e. spread to the lymph nodes or other organs. Distant spread (metastases), significantly reduces the median survival rate.
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