Liver Cancer: Symptoms, Causes, Prevention and Treatment

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Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer is among the most dangerous cancers, being incredibly tricky to diagnose, as well as treat. Hepatocytes, which are liver cells, begin to multiply differently inside the liver, and later begin to spread around the body as well, to the breast, lungs, stomach, and other areas. Metastatic liver cancer is the diagnosis of liver cancer that originated in another region, such as the lungs, uterus, stomach, etc. The most common being hepatocellular carcinoma, other types of liver cancer are hepatoblastoma and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Though rare, liver cancer, once diagnosed must be immediately treated, to prevent further spreading of the disease to other organs.

Liver Cancer Symptoms

Even though the liver cancer symptoms are quite rare, any symptoms occurring in groups might indicate a larger issue that should be looked into.

  • Extreme or sudden weight loss
  • Unexplained weakness
  • Frequent upper abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chalk shaped or colored stool
  • Jaundice

Liver Cancer Causes

While the main cause of cancer is a genetic mutation of cells, there are a few factors that may add to the risk of developing liver cancer.

  • Excessive consumption of alcohol leading to liver cirrhosis can add to the risk of liver cancer
  • Chronic Hepatitis B virus infection may be a cause
  • Hereditary diseases play a part in adding to the risk of liver cancer
  • Increase in blood sugar may play a part in liver cancer
  • Accumulation of fat in the liver increases the risk of developing the condition

Liver Cancer Prevention

Preventing liver cancer is fairly hard, as the exact cause is unknown. However, some preventative measures can be undertaken to minimize the risk of liver cancer.

  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid hepatitis B and C virus infections
  • Maintain a nutritious diet

Liver Cancer Diagnosis

Liver cancer diagnosis can be tricky, as it is among the rarer forms of cancer which diagnosed generally at advance stages. There are a few tests that can diagnose the condition accurately.

  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasounds
  • MRI
  • Liver biopsy
  • CT scan
  • PET CT

Liver Cancer Treatment

The appropriate liver cancer treatment plan is created only after the patient’s health and the progression of cancer is determined. The oncologist may use one or more treatment methods for liver cancer.

  • Surgery
    The doctor removes the cancerous tissue, in case of preliminary stage cancer
  • Hyperthermia
    The doctor uses heat therapy to kill the cancerous cells
  • Percutaneous ethanol injection
    Alcohol is injected into the tumor to destroy it
  • Radiation therapy
    High energy X rays are used to kill cancer cells.
  • Chemotherapy / Target therapy
    Chemotherapy and target therapy drugs are used to kill cancer cells.

Why MPCT Hospital?

MPCT Hospital’s Cancer Institute is renowned for best liver cancer treatment in India of excellent quality, to tackle a variety of cancer that affects patients. Our surgeons and oncologists work in cohesion with physicians across various departments, to form comprehensive treatment plans that give patients the highest chance of a positive outcome. We use the latest cutting-edge technology and advanced techniques, delivering seamless treatments that offer high quality and effective solutions under one roof. MPCT hospital  in Mumbai administers safe, effective treatments, blended with compassionate care.

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