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The dawn of a universal language for an emerging malignancy

Authors: Junichi Shindoh

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With developments in diagnostic modalities and treatment options for cancers, general rules for cancer staging have repeatedly been revised with the times according to the anatomic site, biological behavior, and pathological characteristics of tumors. Compared with the other type of malignancies, hepatobiliary cancers are relatively rare and often considered as orphan diseases. However, the incidence of hepatobiliary cancers is rising, and accordingly, there is an urgent need for practical staging to guide treatment selection.

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