Treatment of hepatocellular cancer in sub-Saharan Africa: balancing ideals, realities and challenges

Abstract

This issue of the journal contains the first report on the outcome of liver transplantation for hepatocellular cancer (HCC) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre.1 The few previous reports from the African continent on transplantation for HCC have been from Egypt. While the authors are to be commended on their results, the fate of the vast majority of patients presenting with HCC in Africa remains dismal. A critical evaluation of the current situation and important future initiatives to improve outcome of patients diagnosed with HCC in SSA are warranted.

Author Biography

Eduard Jonas, University of Cape Town

Head, Surgical Gastroenterology Unit, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

Published
2019-07-17
How to Cite
Jonas, E. (2019). Treatment of hepatocellular cancer in sub-Saharan Africa: balancing ideals, realities and challenges. South African Journal of Surgery, 57(3), 2-4. Retrieved from http://sajs.redbricklibrary.com/index.php/sajs/article/view/3129
Section
Editorial