Liver cancer usually has no initial symptoms, but it may eventually cause:
Swelling, pain or tenderness in the upper right section of the abdomen
In the advanced stage, symptoms may also include:
Appetite and weight lose
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of libido
The liver filters the circulating blood, it then converts the nutrients and the drugs absorbed in the digestive tract into chemicals that the body can use straight away. It also removes toxins and other chemical waste products from the blood and gets them ready for excretion. All the blood in the body has to pass through the liver, because of this it is very accessible to cancer cells that travel in the blood stream. Unfortunately the liver is unable to cleanse itself of cancer. It is very rare for cancer to start in the liver, usually liver cancer is secondary (cancer originated elsewhere in the body).
When cancer does originate in the liver, it is usually because the liver was damaged by congenital defects or diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis B and C. Most people who are diagnosed with primary liver cancer already suffer with cirrhosis. Some carcinogens have been linked with primary liver cancer. These are some cholesterol lowering drugs, herbicides and other chemicals such as arsenic and vinyl chloride. If you have any reason to believe that you are in a high risk group, it is important that you speak with your doctor and he can then perform a liver test on you.
Drink alcohol in moderation, immunize yourself against hepatitis B, do not use anabolic steroids unless they are prescribed by your doctor, before taking iron supplements, you should check with your doctor to make sure you really need them as overdosing on them has been linked to liver cancer.
When to seek further professional advice
If you develop symptoms that suggest liver cancer.
Some Complementary therapies that may help relieve some of the pain include massage, acupuncture, relaxation techniques and hypnotherapy.
Liver cancer is not easy to treat or to cure as most cancers are diagnosed to late or else the cancer has spread too much and the liver is to badly diseased to be saved.. Primary liver cancer is usually not detected in its early stages, and this is when it is most treatable. Secondary liver cancer has already spread so it is also difficult to treat. Most therapy centres focus on improving the patient’s quality and length of life. If the tumor is caught early enough, it is possible to have surgery, this is the best chance of being cured. Chemotherapy and radiation are often used to reduce the size of the tumors, to a size which can be operated on. Patients who in remission have to be monitored closely in case of a recurrence.
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