Posted in: Liver Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
Unlike other types of cancers, signs of liver cancer do not generally appear in the early stages. As a consequence, it tends to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage.
Since there are no routine screening tests for liver cancer, people who are at high risk of the disease should take steps that monitor or reduce their risk. People with a high risk of developing liver cancer are recommended alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) blood tests and ultrasounds every 6-12 months.
Symptoms of Liver Cancer
The symptoms of liver cancer can be different for each person and these symptoms may also be caused due to other benign conditions, not related to liver cancer.
Common liver cancer symptoms may include:
• Weight loss not related to changes in diet
• Decrease in appetite
• Vomiting and nausea not related to any other known condition
• General fatigue and weakness that is persistent
• Fever unrelated to any other condition
• Pain in the upper abdomen, on the right side or close to the right shoulder blade
• Enlarged liver (hepatomegaly) felt under the ribs on the right side, as a mass
• Enlarged spleen under the ribs on the left side
• Abdominal swelling (ascites) or bloating that occurs as a mass form
• Jaundice, which appears as yellowing of eyes and skin
Many of these symptoms are similar to other kinds of benign liver infections and diseases. But, in case of liver cancer, the symptoms continue to evolve and worsen. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis if you see any of the above symptoms of liver cancer.
Liver cancer care involves different types of doctors who work together to create an overall treatment plan that incorporates different kinds of treatment. The team is known as multidisciplinary team, which includes other healthcare professionals as well, including physician assistants, social workers, oncology nurses, councilors, pharmacists, dietitians and others.
Liver cancer treatment depends upon the following factors:
• How much of the liver is affected due to the cancer
• Overall health of the patient
• Whether the cancer has spread
• Whether there is any damage to the remaining cancer free area of the liver
If the tumor is found at an early stage and the liver is working well, the treatment aims at trying to eliminate the cancer. The care plan will include treatment for symptoms as well as side effects. If the cancer is found at a later stage and the liver is not working well, the doctor and patient discuss goals that is recommended in each treatment. At this point, the goal is merely to focus on slowing the cancer growth and relieving symptoms that may improve the quality of life.
Cancer Healer Center, one of the best cancer hospitals in India, have experts in diagnosing, screening, staging and treating liver cancer. Offering advanced, low cost liver cancer treatment, the center uses Cancer Healer Therapy that is a type of Immunotherapy, to treat liver cancer. The treatment aims towards a future for the patients that has a long, healthy life, free of cancer.