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All about Liver Cancer

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Posted in: Liver Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna

What is Liver Cancer?

Liver cancer is the cancer that starts in the cells of the liver. The most common type of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma, which begins in the main type of liver cell called hepatocyte.


What are the risk factors?

  • Few of the most common factors that increase the cancer risk include:
  • Chronic infection with Hepatitis B and C virus can lead to cirrhosis which increases the cancer risk
  • Excessive alcohol consumption (more than 5 units of alcohol per day can result in cirrhosis and increase the cancer risk)
  • Accumulation of fat in liver (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease)
  • People with blood sugar disorder like diabetes are at high risk of getting liver cancer
  • Inherited liver cancer diseases like hemochromatosis and Wilson's disease can increase the cancer risk
  • Obesity
  • Eating raw fish can result in the invasion of liver flukes in the liver which can increase the cancer risk
  • Family members suffering from liver cancer have double the risk to developing liver cancer than others
  • Long term exposure to chemicals like Vinyl Chloride which is used to make plastics, packaging and pipes can result in liver damage and cause cancer


What are the symptoms?

Liver cancer signs and symptoms usually do not appear in the initial stage. When symptoms appear they include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Discoloration of the skin (jaundice)
  • Abdominal pain and swelling

Doctor should be consulted if any of the signs and symptoms occurs frequently.


How is liver cancer diagnosed?

  • Blood test: alfa-fetoprotein (AFP) levels in the blood are checked. If the levels are high there can be chances of liver cancer
  • Scans: Imaging tests like CT scan and MRI are done to find the location and extent of blood supply to the cancer
  • Liver biopsy: Tissue samples are taken from the lesions in the liver which is viewed to find the disease


How can you prevent the disease?

  • Reduce the risk of cirrhosis by drinking alcohol in moderation (woman- not more than one drink per day and man- not more than two drinks per day)
  • Avoid eating raw fish
  • Get vaccinated for hepatitis B virus
  • Take proper measures to prevent hepatitis C virus by performing safe sex, using a clean needle, etc.


What are the treatment options?

Treatment options depend on the size and the location of the disease. Few of the most common treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, heating or freezing cancer cells and Immunotherapy.


What is immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy also known as biological therapy works by enhancing the body’s own immune system to fight cancer without any major side effects like hair loss, bone loss, damage to normal cells, nausea, body pain etc. To know more about it check the following link:

About The Author

Dr. Tarang Krishna - Cancer Specialist

Dr. Tarang Krishna

Dr. Tarang Krishna, Director at Cancer Healer Center, is the perfect epitome of perseverance and dedication.

He has an impressive educational background to his credit. He completed his under-graduation in Medicine and Surgery from Pune, India and did his MD (Hom) from Agra University, India.Thesis on MD was on "Treatment of cancer" where he presented cases of almost 100 patients and the response of the medicines in the treatment of cancer. He then completed his Ph.d in Oncology from the United Kingdom and his thesis on the ‘Efficacy of Medicines in the Treatment of Cancer’ is greatly commemorated and honored.

He befittingly represents alternate medicine and has contributed significantly towards the development and research of immunotherapy.

Through his nationwide chain of “Cancer Healer Center” clinics he strives to offer superior cancer treatment, using immunotherapy.

17 Jun, 2015
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