Liver Cancer Symptoms
Very rarely do I offer my opinion on diet plans but this liver cleansing diet worked great for me.
Liver cancer is a disease where liver cells that tend to become abnormal become cancerous and form in liver tissues. This type is the fourth most common cancer in the world. The liver is an organ where a lot of other types of cancers like breast cancer and colon cancer will spread to. Metastatic cancer of the liver begins in another part of the body and then spreads to the liver.
The primary liver cancers begin in liver cells, which in the medical jargon is called hepatocytes. This kind of liver cancer is termed hepatocellular carcinoma or the malignant hepatoma. It is not unlikely that children may also develop childhood hepatocellular carcinoma or hepatoblastoma.
In understanding the mechanism of liver cancer, one has to have a background on the largest internal organ of the body. The liver is located behind the ribs on the right side of the abdomen. Its two parts are the right lobe and the left lobe, which is smaller one.
The liver, although most of the time taken for granted has to perform many important functions that keep a person healthy. It is responsible for removing harmful material such as bacteria, viruses, foreign bodies and other waste products from the blood. It also produces enzymes and bile that aids in food digestion.
So, what are the factors that contribute to having liver cancer?
Research says that having hepatitis, history of cirrhosis or scarring of liver being male and having a low weight at birth contributes to having liver cancer aside from the obvious reason of being neglectful on one’s own body.
The disease is silent and one can only notice liver cancer symptoms when the disease has already progressed in advanced stages. Usual liver cancer symptoms can include pain on the right side of the abdomen, jaundice or yellowing of the skin, swollen abdomen or bloating, rapid weight loss, loss of appetite accompanied by feelings of fullness, weakness and easily getting tired, nausea, vomiting and high fever.
In diagnosing the treatment, the physician gets the medical history of the patient and does a regular physical examination. The physician then recommends laboratory exams such as series of blood tests, computer tomography or CT scan, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging or MRI, angiogram, laparoscopy and biopsy.
In treating liver cancer, the options include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, injection or liver transplantation. These however, do not guarantee to cure the disease and can only prolong the life of the sick individual depending on the person’s response to treatment.
Aside from the cost of the medication, liver cancer not only shortens the quality of life of the patient but also affects the family and loved ones of the person afflicted with the disease. It is best therefore to be serious in changing bad lifestyle habits since it can directly cause not only liver cancer but many types of diseases as well. Regular check-up is recommended because, aforementioned, the disease is a ‘traitor’ and one will not feel liver cancer symptoms unless it is already in later stages and medication is less effective.