Liver Cancer : Causes, Symptoms and TreatmentShivraj
What is Liver Cancer?
Cancer starts when cells grow abnormally in any part of body. Cancer can spread in other areas of body. Cancer that starts in liver is called as primary liver cancer. The cells of liver changes in appearance and behavior. These cancer cells can destroy adjacent normal tissues also and spread into other areas of liver and organs outside of the liver.
The cancer cells that develop in normal cells of the liver is called hepatocellular carcinoma and cancer which starts in ducts of liver is called cholangiocarcinoma.
Factors responsible for liver cancer are:
Chronic viral hepatitis (Hep-B or Hep-C) –
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Primary biliary cirrhosis
Inherited metabolic diseases
Heavy alcohol use
Type 2 diabetes
Exposure to Vinyl chloride and thorium dioxide (Thorotrast)
Symptoms of liver cancer:
Usually, symptoms of liver cancer are not noticed in first stage. But if any of the symptoms are noticed you should visit liver specialist immediately. Doctor can help you in selecting best treatment option. It is helpful to treat liver cancer. The most common symptoms of liver cancer are:
Nausea or vomiting
Increased size of liver
Swelling in abdomen
Loss of appetite
How to reduce risk of liver cancer
Get vaccinated for hepatitis B infection
Check for hepatitis C infection
Avoid consumption of alcohol in excess
Treatment for Liver Cancer:
Treatment of liver cancer depends on what percent of liver is affected by cancer, weather it is spread in surrounding areas and patients preferences. When cancer is detected in early stage and patients liver works normally then treatment is given to eliminate cancer. Whereas when liver cancer is detected in later stages and liver does not work normally then the treatment is given to reduce the growth of cancer and symptoms to improve quality of life. Therefore it is very important to take advice of a liver specialist.
If you are looking for a best liver specialist in Pune, you can contact Dr Bipin Vibhute. He has huge experience in this field.