Primary HCC – Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Cancer that originates in the liver is called Hepatocellular Carcinoma. This makes it different from other secondary liver cancers that originate in other organs and then spread to the liver. If detected early, Hepatocellular Carcinoma can be cured either with a liver transplant or surgery.
However, if the cancer is in an advanced stage, it cannot be cured, but with treatment and support, you can live longer and lead a good quality of life.
Though doctors are yet unsure of the cause of Hepatocellular Carcinoma, they have identified certain things that could increase your risk of suffering from it. They are:
- Hepatitis B or C: This cancer can develop years after one has had either of these liver infections. These cancers are passed through the blood when users share needles.
- Cirrhosis: When liver cells are affected and replaced with scar tissue, cirrhosis sets in. Cirrhosis could be caused due to hepatitis B or C infection, drug abuse, alcohol drinking, excess iron in the liver.
- Excessive alcohol habit: Having two shots of alcohol per day over many years can increase one’s risk for hepatocellular cancer. If the number of daily drinks increases, one’s risk for this cancer also increases.
- Obesity and diabetes: Both these conditions can raise your risk for liver cancer. Obesity leads to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, ending up in hepatocellular carcinoma.
- Iron storage disease: When there are excessive amounts of iron stored in the liver, it leads to hepatocellular carcinoma.
- Aflatoxin: This toxin is made from some varieties of mold on corn, nuts and grains, leading to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma.
In the early stages of this cancer, you might not display any symptoms, but as it grows, you could experience some or all of these:
- Stomach ache
- Loss of appetite
- Heavy feeling in the upper part of the stomach
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss
- Pale, chalky bowels and dark urine
Hepatocellular Carcinoma is diagnosed by the doctor asking questions about how he feels. Tests will also have to be undergone, which include a blood test, ultrasound, MRI, CT scan and a liver biopsy.
There are many forms of treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma. They include:
- Alcohol injection
- Targeted therapy
- Cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation
- Liver transplant
WHY Rela Hospital
When the doctor informs you that you’ve got cancer, it’s a life-changing moment. Everything seems to stand still until you accept the reality that faces you. But don’t worry, should this happen to you, you’ll be in very good hands at the Dr. Rela Hospital, Chennai, India, where a lot of care is taken of patients in such sensitive moments.
And once the treatment begins, again you will see the swift and expert minds and hands at work, each time doing things differently and well with your interests at heart. No wonder, the Dr. Rela Hospital is regarded as the Hepatocellular Carcinoma treatment hospital in Chennai.
It is home to the finest cancer specialists in the world who have trained under world-renowned cancer gurus. In fact, the founder of this hospital is also an internationally-renowned liver specialist who comes to you with his own impressive record of liver treatment. Apart from him, you can also approach any of our long list of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Treatment Specialists in Chennai India under our roof.
Our success in liver diseases and Hepatocellular Carcinoma is so well-known that after being committed to treating this disease for about two decades or more, we are better known as the Best Hepatocellular Carcinoma Hospital in India.
We welcome you to our hospital, should you ever need guidance or treatment.