Liver Cancer

Liver can be affected by primary liver cancer, which arises in the liver, or by cancer which forms in other parts of the body and then spreads to the liver. Most liver cancer is secondary or metastatic, meaning it started elsewhere in the body.
Symptoms
  • Weight loss( without trying ).
  • Loss of appetite (hunger).
  • Feeling very full after a small meal.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • An enlarged liver, felts as a mass under the ribs on the right side.
  • An enlarged spleen, felts as a mass under the ribs on the left side.
  • Pain in the abdomen.
  • Swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen.
  • Itching.
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes ( jaundice ).
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Cause
  • The exact cause of primary liver cancer is still not known, but it is linked to liver damage from cirrhosis, alcohol abuse, non alcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis.
  • Another risk factor is genetic condition
Treatment

Any liver cancer is difficult to cure.Primary liver cancer is rarely detectable early, when it is most treatable. Secondary or metastatic liver cancer is hard to treat because it has already spread. The liver’s complex network of blood vessels and bile duct makes surgery difficult.

  • Patients with early stage tumors that can be removed surgically have the best chance of long term survival.
  • In some patients chemotherapy is given
  • Cryotherapy.
  • Radiation therapy.
  • Radioembolization.
  • Liver transplant.