Types of Cancer
The liver is a football-sized organ that lies under the right portion of the abdomen above the stomach. Several types of cancer can form in the liver. The main type of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma. Other types are intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and hepatoblastoma which are less common liver cancers. Overall, liver cancer is less common than cancers from other parts of the body such as the lung, breast, or colon which metastasize and then move to the liver.
What you should know
Several risk factors can increase the likelihood of liver cancer. Lifestyle causes include smoking, heavy alcohol consumption and obesity. Exposure to certain toxins from molds that grow on peanuts and corn increases risk. Chronic viral hepatitis infection, cirrhosis of the liver, and diabetes are medical conditions that raise risk factors as well.
In early states, liver cancer symptoms are not noticeable. In advanced stages, pain and discomfort in the abdomen, weight loss, jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, and an enlarged liver, and white stool can point to the existence of the cancer.
Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are common conventional treatments for liver cancer which can be very aggressive on the body. Other less invasive therapies to consider include more innovative methods that include immunotherapies. Schedule a consult with our medical staff to better understand how Dayspring Cancer Clinic can help you with your therapy options.