A systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating two percutaneous ablation techniques – microwave ablation (MWA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) – showed that the former fared better than the latter in reducing local tumour progression (LTP) rates in individuals with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and/or liver metastases.
Any manner of early postoperative diet delivered into the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) following colorectal surgery will help stimulate gut motility, leading to an earlier return of bowel function and a shorter length of hospital stay (LOS), according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Among women with severe obesity, undergoing bariatric (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) surgery prior to conception was associated with a reduced risk of major birth defects in their infants, according to a matched cohort study conducted in Sweden.
Surgery may be a potential treatment for patients who have persistent heartburn due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) despite treatment with proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), according to a recent study.
The PD-1* inhibitor nivolumab showed significant survival benefit and a favourable safety profile than taxane chemotherapy in patients with unresectable advanced or recurrent oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) refractory or intolerant to previous fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-based chemotherapy, according to the findings of ATTRACTION-3** presented at ESMO 2019.
Treatment with the novel acid secretion inhibitor vonoprazan at 10 mg effectively maintains remission through 52 weeks in patients with proton pump inhibitor (PPI)-resistant reflux oesophagitis, according to the results of a trial from Japan.
Discontinuation of antitumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy for perianal Crohn’s disease is highly likely to lead to relapse, with some patients even requiring defunctioning surgery, according to a study conducted across Asia.