Have you ever held a rugby ball? Impressively, a rugby ball is the same size as your liver1, making the liver the second largest organ in the body2. But size is the only thing a rugby ball and liver have in common. The liver is an organ that really impresses. With over 500 functions 1, it has a lot of work to do, such as cleansing the blood of toxins2. Its weight ranges from 1.3 kg (for women) to 1.8 kg (for men). 1
At the same time, the liver is also threatened by disease. With 830,000 deaths, liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide in 2020.3 But how can the cancer burden be reduced?Screening, early detection, new forms of treatment and increase patient awareness are trends driving increased survivorship in cancer.
Countries with well implemented screening and algorithms of treatment allocation exhibit significantly longer survival of patients. In Japan, for example, where 60% of cases are diagnosed in an early stage the 5 year survival rate for HCC is a 44% compared to 11-15% in the US. 5
Patients with longer survival are also likely to require repeated treatments for recurrences or other cancers – an important reason to use techniques such as minimally invasive treatments that preserve options for future procedures.5
Still, challenges remain: How can access to screening and diagnostic tools be enabled for a broad patient population? How to provide adequate treatment to all patients? And how can sufficient treatment capabilities for a changing patient population be provided?With our portfolio, we at Siemens Healthineers want to make an important contribution to the fight against liver cancer. Discover our Siemens Healthineers portfolio and further information here