Research Mentor(s): Neehar Parikh, Assistant Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Internal Medicine Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Michigan Medicine
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 6 (4pm-4:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 10
Hepatocellular Carcinoma(HCC), a liver cancer that is linked with hepatitis A and B which are caused by liver cirrhosis, is an increasingly prevalent cancer that affects many people across the globe, majorly in the United States, Asia, and Africa. Treatments and remedies are currently very limited with nothing holding the capabilities of fully healing affected patients. The purpose of this research is to record and analyze the treatments currently used over the course of five years and create a database for future patients who face the cancer. Patients are searched for by project managers and are selected if they have HCC and commit to the project. The chosen patients undergo a health background check and provide documentation of their treatment and checkups every three months for a year and every six months for four more years. Over the course of five years, the patients are monitored and their medical documentation is used as data for the database. The database will allow physicians to categorize the effects of different treatments with the different types of patients to find the best solutions for future patients. After five years, the goal is not necessarily to find a cure or remedy, but rather to have an established database of information to allow doctors to better treat patients with HCC and create research further creating potential for a cure or remedy. The database’s main goal is to allow other researchers to take advantage of the material published and explore different methods of HCC treatment. Currently, the project remains partially complete and will require several years before the database becomes available for publication.