Treating Liver Cancer at CHRISTUS Health
It is important to catch liver cancer early for the best chance at successful treatment. If you have any signs or symptoms, speak with your healthcare provider. They can help determine the cause and provide appropriate medical care.
Early detection and prompt medical care can make a significant difference in the outcome of liver cancer. See a healthcare professional if you are concerned. Take care of your liver and know the risks of liver cancer to help prevent it from occurring in the first place. Stay informed and stay healthy.
Common Signs and Symptoms
The most common signs and symptoms of liver cancer include:
- abdominal pain or discomfort
- a lump or mass in the abdomen
- unexplained weight loss
- yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- white nail beds
- swelling in the legs and abdomen.
Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common type of liver cancer. It usually occurs in people with chronic liver disease or cirrhosis. Other risk factors include being male, having older age, having a family history of liver cancer and having hepatitis B or C virus infection.
Testing for Liver Cancer
Diagnostic tests for liver cancer may include imaging studies such as CT scans or MRI, biopsy, blood tests, and ultrasound. Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, ablation and radiation therapy. It is important to work with your healthcare team to determine the best treatment plan for your situation.
When is surgery needed for liver cancer?
Surgery will depend on the individual case and the stage of cancer and may be an option for some people with liver cancer. Other options may include chemotherapy, targeted therapy, ablation, or radiation therapy. It is crucial to work with your healthcare team to come up with a personalized treatment plan. Please consult with your healthcare provider for more information.