10 Symptoms of Liver Cancer

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Liver cancer or hepatic cancer, as the name suggests, is cancer that originates from the liver. Like all cancers, liver cancer may spread to other parts of the body. This is known as metastasis. The main cause of liver cancer is cirrhosis due to prolonged excessive alcohol consumption, hepatitis B infection, and hepatitis C infection. Other causes that can lead to liver cancer are non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, aflatoxin, and liver flukes. 80 percent of liver cancer are hepatocellular carcinoma. The diagnosis of liver cancer can be achieved through blood tests, tissue biopsy, and medical imaging. Some of the preventative efforts of liver cancer involves immunization against hepatitis B infection and providing treatment to those with hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection.

Treatment options available are radiation therapy, surgery, targeted therapy, embolization therapy, ablation therapy, and liver transplantation. Liver cancer is the fifth commonest cancer and the third leading cause of death from cancer worldwide. Liver cancer is more common in men and it is usually diagnosed in person’s aged between 55 to 75 years old.

Symptom #1: Abdominal Mass

This is usually due to the enlarged liver or also known as hepatomegaly. They may also feel a lump under the ribs on the left side which refers to an enlarged spleen or splenomegaly.

As the disease progresses, the liver enlargement may cause pain or tenderness in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen but this is not a common finding.

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