According to recent studies, a drug "sorafenib" can improve the chances of survival among patients with primary liver cancer.
The study led by the Barcelona Hospital Clinic has shown that patients with primary hepatocarcinomas (liver tumours) taking the drug are likely to live 40 pct more on average compared to those not taking it.
Hepatocarcinoma is the most frequent hepatic tumour, fifth in overall worldwide cancer rates and the third cause of cancer deaths in the world
Sorafenib has been the first to demonstrate its efficacy and the European Medicines Agency has recently authorised its use for this tumour, given that it can prolong patient survival at the cost of some side effects, which, in 80% of cases, are manageable with a number of preventative or therapeutic measures.
The study also included researchers from the University Hospital of the University of Navarra, together with other hospitals in Spain.