Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Screen All New Cancer Patients for Hepatitis?

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Medscape Medical News
January 23, 2019

With no identifiable risk factors in most cases, universal screening before cancer therapy may prevent life-threatening complications.

Screen All New Cancer Patients for Hepatitis?
Kristin Jenkins
A new study has found "a large reservoir of patients with cancer and undiagnosed hepatitis virus infections" and has reignited the question of whether all newly diagnosed cancer patients should be screened for hepatitis.

The Viral Screening in Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients (S1204) study involved 3051 patients and found that 6.5% had previously been infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), 0.6% had chronic HBV infection, 2.4% had hepatitis C (HCV) infection, and 1.1% were infected with HIV.

The study was published online on January 17 in JAMA Oncology.

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