Closing the Disparity Gap and Optimizing HCC Care in the Hispanic Community
Much progress has been made in the management of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), including improved screening and surveillance guidelines and greater understanding of the pathophysiology and molecular pathways in HCC that has led to targeted treatment. Despite such progress, significant race and ethnicity-specific disparities in HCC remain, particularly among Hispanics, who are more likely to present late and less likely to receive any HCC-directed treatment. This may be due to increased exposures to well known risk factors, such as excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, and diabetes mellitus, in turn resulting in the development of Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)/ Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) leading to HCC development; however, population genetics may predispose this unique cohort to a greater propensity of developing HCC compared to other race groups. Complex psychosocial factors that further complicate disparities seen in HCC include the degree of acculturation within subpopulations of the Hispanic community, access to healthcare, and provider-specific variables of HCC screening and surveillance of at-risk patients. Improved awareness in screening and surveillance modalities of HCC among Hispanics are important in guiding targeted preventive and therapeutic interventions. To optimize care, clinicians must be vigilant about recognizing and addressing these disparities in care; and must also ensure and work towards Hispanic patients with HCC benefiting from the growing range of HCC management options.
Medical oncologists, interventional radiologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists, hepatologists, and oncology advanced practice providers, as well as nurses and other professionals involved in the management of patients with HCC
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Recognize the burden of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) within Hispanic communities and factors leading to HCC-related healthcare disparities
- Identify the risk factors for HCC among the Hispanic population that play an important role in the development of HCC, such as hepatitis C virus (HCV), nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), environmental exposures, and population genetics
- Propose better community preventative and surveillance strategies to improve health outcomes within Hispanic populations
Julio Gutierrez, MSc, MD
Center for Organ and Cell Transplant
Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center
San Diego, CA
Dr. Gutierrez has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, FACP
President & CEO
National Hispanic Medical Association
Dr. Rios has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Rita Lepe, MD
Director, Health Care Disparity Studies
Texas Liver Institute
San Antonio, TX
Dr. Lepe has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
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Supported by an educational grant from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.
Jointly Accredited by the UT Health San Antonio Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine and Haymarket Medical Education (HME) in collaboration with National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA).
AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
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ANCC Contact Hour
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This activity is awarded 1.00 contact hour (based on 60 minutes per contact hour).
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- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.00 ANCC
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