Things You Need To Know About Liver Cancer
October 12, 2019
What is liver cancer?
Liver cancer is the growth and spread of unhealthy cells in the liver. Cancer that starts in the liver is primary liver cancer. Cancer that spreads to the liver from another organ is metastatic liver cancer.
Risk factors for primary liver cancer
Liver cancer is one of the few cancers on the rise and it is about twice as common in men than in women. Risk factors include liver diseases, mainly cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Symptoms of Liver Cancer
Symptoms of liver cancer may include fatigue, bloating, pain on the right side of the upper abdomen or back or shoulder, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, weakness, fever and jaundice.
Detection of Liver Cancer
Doctors often recommend regular liver cancer screenings for those at increased risk. Liver cancer may be diagnosed by a physical examination, imaging tests, blood tests or a biopsy.
How is liver cancer treated?
The treatment of liver cancer depends on number of factors such as:
- Size of the tumour
- Number of tumours
- How much the cancer has spread outside the liver,
- patient’s age and overall health.
Treatment options include a liver transplant, the removal of the tumour from the liver by surgery, cryosurgery (freezing and destroying cancer cells), radio frequency ablation (destroying cancer cells with heat), chemotherapy or radiation, or the use of medication for advanced cases of primary liver cancer.
Are you at risk?
If you think you are at risk of liver cancer, regularly see a doctor who specializes in liver disease. Take steps to avoid other types of liver disease. And do whatever you can to avoid obesity, diabetes and alcohol consumption.
ALWAYS Rela Hospital
Rela Hospital has always been a pioneer in liver cancer treatment. It is one of the best liver transplantation hospitals in India. It is also one of the largest and most technologically advanced liver cancer treatment hospitals in Chennai. We have the most renowned liver cancer specialists in India, in fact we have the best liver transplant surgeons in the world.