Liver cancer can be of multiple types such as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), fibrolamellar HCC, angiosarcoma or hemangiocarcinoma, secondary liver cancer or liver cancer metastasis. Patients who have a history of chronic hepatitis B or C infection and liver cirrhosis have a higher chance of developing HCC. Bile duct cancer is a rare type of cancer and liver cirrhosis is a major risk factor for this type of cancer. Liver cirrhosis is a common result of alcohol abuse. Having ulcerative colitis and other liver conditions are also risk factors for developing liver cancer in the long term.
In Liver Cancer, cancer cells form in the liver tissue.
The liver is a very important organ in the body and as we know, almost everything that’s put inside the body, first gets processes through the liver. Liver protects us from all the harmful components of the blood by filtering it and allows this waste to go out of the body through urine and stools. The liver also helps us digest fat by producing bile. It also helps in providing energy to the body by storing glycogen. Another important factor about this large organ is that it allows to repair itself unlike any other organ in the body. Liver can repair its damaged cell or tissues if toxic substances are not allowed to pass through it. Apart from excessive alcohol, medications, fatty and processed foods also contribute to liver damage. Detoxing also helps liver tremendously, however, once there is cancer, it requires to be treated in a different way.
Liver Cancer Symptoms & Diagnosis
Tumors in the liver do not produce any specific or serious symptoms until they progress to an advanced stage. If, and when symptoms appear, can be similar to other abdominal cancers and they include appetite loss, weight loss, jaundice, stomach pain, swelling, nausea, vomiting. Other liver disease symptoms such as rash, itching, body swelling, persistent bowel changes, digestion problems, urine changes, fatigue etc. may also appear.
Liver cancer can be diagnosed through biopsy, imaging tests such as CT scan, MRI and PET/CT scan. Bone scan may also be used to determine the spread of the disease. Other lab tests may also be required to determine the functioning of the liver and other areas. Tumor marker tests are also important for liver cancer diagnosis. Alpha-Fetoprotein Tumor Market test is a preferred test to diagnose and check the progression of liver and other specific cancers. It is also used to monitor the treatment for liver cancer and many other cancers.
Liver Cancer Treatment Options
Very few liver cancer patients are eligible for surgeries and liver transplants. This is possible mostly if the cancer is in initial stages. Unfortunately, most patients get diagnosed with liver cancer when they start experiencing liver failure symptoms and at this stage, they mostly have cancer and cirrhosis which makes them ineligible for surgery and transplant. Although targeted therapy, interventional radiology, immunotherapy, chemotherapy and radiation can be the common forms of treatment, at Gentle Wellness Center, we take an alternative but integrative cancer treatment route through IPT, low dose chemotherapy, along with naturopathic medicine, herbal medicine, oxygen therapy and much more. Such treatments produce minimal side effects and allow the patient to continue with their normal life.