Liver cancer can either originate in the
liver, or be carried in the bloodstream
original site to the liver.
One of the most serious forms of cancer, liver cancer
that begins in the liver itself is known as "primary"
Since the liver is also the body's main organ for filtering out harmful wastes from the bloodstream, however, it is also the area where cancer has often metastasized,
or spread from another part of the body.
Common symptoms of liver cancer begin as tenderness around the abdomen, (especially the upper right part where the liver is located.)
As the disease progresses, a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes becomes a clear signal of jaundice - a condition signaling a backup of bile that the liver is normally capable of processing.
The most common
form of liver cancer in adults is called hepatocellular
carcinoma which begins in the hepatocytes, or main type of liver
cell. Treatment of
liver cancer depends on how early the disease is diagnosed, the
size of the tumor, or whether cirrhosis is a complicating factor.
small liver tumors - and without the added burden of cirrhosis -
are more easily treated with modern techniques such as radio-frequency
ablation (RFA) and other therapies.
On the Web,
find out more about liver cancer diagnosis and screening, symptoms
and prognosis, treatment options & current survival rates, plus
information on current clinical trials that are bringing new hope
to liver cancer patients and their families ....
Cancer - A guide to the topic from the American Cancer Society
with information on causes, risk factors and treatment, survival
rates, questions to ask your doctor, follow-up care and links to
Biopsy - Brief, illustrated fact sheet with information
on the diagnostic procedure plus advice on preparation and recovery
time, with related links.
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.