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Liver CancerA cancer that begins in the tissue of the liver, an organ in the digestive system, is primary liver cancer. When cancer from the colon, lung, breast or other parts of the body spreads to the liver, it is known as secondary liver cancer. Some non-cancerous (benign) tumors can also form in the liver.
SymptomsOften, liver cancer symptoms do not occur until late stages. Some symptoms may include: If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.
Causes & PreventionThe causes for liver cancer are unknown. By avoiding hepatitis infections, moldy grains, limiting alcohol use and not smoking you can help reduce your risk for liver cancer.
Risk FactorsYou are at a greater risk for liver cancer risk if you:
DiagnosisAfter a physical exam and blood tests, diagnostic images such as ultrasound, CT scan or MRI can be preformed to view the liver. A biopsy may be taken so that a pathologist can examine the liver tissue under a microscope to determine if cancer cells are present.
StagingIf cancer is diagnosed and before treatment begins, additional tests are performed to determine the stage of the cancer and to see if it has spread to other parts of the body.
TreatmentsMemorialCare’s experienced team of oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and surgeons conduct roundtable discussions (tumor boards) of newly diagnosed patients to make recommendations for the best course of treatment.