Our goal is to end the epidemic of liver cancer and failure in Texas through early detection and treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV), a leading cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Through one-time screening for all adults aged 18-79 for HCV, education, community collaboration, practice transformation, and policy advocacy, we aim to Screen, Treat, Or Prevent (STOP) HCC and HCV.

STOP HCC-HCV is funded by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), to offer education about HCV and HCC, promote screening, and to support management of patients who are chronically infected.

Our program operates in primary care settings across South Texas and the Dallas region, helping practices to screen for HCV and deliver high-quality care for those with chronic HCV infection.

STOP HCC-HCV offers healthcare providers and staff education and resources about HCV and HCC. We offer effective tools and strategies for HCV screening and treatment including patients who are uninsured.

STOP HCC-HCV promotes public awareness about this common disease that causes liver failure and liver cancer with educational programs, presentations, and webinars across Texas.

Key components:

  • Interactive patient education about HCV epidemiology, risk factors, and healthy decisions using a mobile app in Spanish and English (link language to mobile app)
  • Personalized patient counseling about HCV and care navigation by a certified community health worker
  • Counseling services such as alcohol counseling and changing lifestyle to reduce liver disease risks
  • Liver disease staging and evaluation for primary care management and treatment of HCV with teleconsultation support by a hepatologist
Center for Research to Advance Community Health

The STOP HCC-HCV program is conducted through a partnership between the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) and theĀ School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio

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