Fiona Stanley Hospital partners with ECU to improve outlook for liver disease sufferers

Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Fiona Stanley Hospital.

IMPROVING the outlook for people with liver troubles is the focus of a new partnership between Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) and Edith Cowan University (ECU).

FSH’s Gastroenterology and Hepatology lead John Olynyk said chronic liver disease and its complication of primary liver cancer were major health care problems globally.

“The goal (of iCOILD – Improving Cancer Outcomes in Liver Disease) is not just mapping the prevalence of liver cancer but improving identification of those at risk and ultimately clinical trials for prevention treatment,” Professor Olynyk said.

“Preliminary discussions have already been completed for the development of the first national study in 2018.”

Young clinicians will develop research training skills and a real-time registry will be developed to track treatment results.

The iCOILD initiative will also establish national trials and strategies to prevent, rather than simply treat, liver disease.

“Unfortunately, treatment is rarely curative, is often expensive and has marked impact on both quality and quantity of life,” Professor Olynyk said.

More than 100 patients are undergoing treatment for primary liver cancer at FSH at any one time.

The iCOILD initiative will launch in mid-2018.

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