SELiNa - The detection of Small Early Liver cancer with Natural history follow up
The SELiNa Study aims to identify novel blood biomarkers and to use new imaging techniques to detect HCC at the earliest possible time points so that treatments that may cure HCC can be given.
The study will recruit 200 HCC patients with cirrhosis and 50 without cirrhosis from NHS sites throughout the UK. Blood, urine and liver tissue samples will be collected for analysis. In a subgroup of patients, Magnetic Resonance liver Imaging will be performed.
Participants will be followed-up via face-to-face visits and clinical records for up to 4 years. During this active follow-up period data will be collected covering their HCC, treatment and well-being either by online questionnaire, in person at a study visit coinciding with their clinical follow up appointment or over the phone at the anniversary of their enrolment.
A passive follow-up phase of at least 10 years will be conducted by the research teams by obtaining relevant medical information about participants from NHS digital. The findings of the SELiNa study will identify biomarkers that can be used to detect liver cancer at the earliest possible time, and so increase the survival rate of HCC.