What is Liver Cancer?


Liver cancers are malignant tumors that grow on the surface or inside of the liver. Liver tumors are discovered on medical imaging equipment (often by accident) or present themselves symptomatically as an abdominal mass, abdominal pain, jaundice, nausea or liver dysfunction. Liver cancers should not be confused with liver metastases, which are cancers that originate from organs elsewhere in the body and migrate to the liver.

Understanding Risk Factors for Liver Cancer

Cirrhosis, excessive alcohol consumption, or chronic Hepatitis B infection can lead to liver cancer. Also, men are more likely than woman to have liver cancer, and liver cancer tends to occur at a younger age – between 20 and 50.

Symptoms of Liver Cancer

Symptoms are as follows: Sweating, jaundice, abdominal pain, weight loss, hepatomegaly, abdominal mass, emesis, anemia, back pain, itching, and fever.

Diagnosis of Liver Cancer

An ultrasonographic examination or CT scan with or without contrast of the liver is an excellent screening tool. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can also provide detailed information. Biopsies give the most accurate diagnosis.

Treatment Options for Liver Cancer at Premier Cancer Center:


Most Common Side Effects of Radiation Therapy to the Liver

• Fatigue
• Nausea