Liver cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the liver that is attributed to the uncharacteristic rise in cell reproduction. This treatment includes liver transplant and surgery that is performed when a part of the liver has been infected. Some cancers grow outside the liver and spread to the whole area. However, only cancers that start and develop in the liver are described as liver cancer. The liver is located below the right lung and under the ribcage, is one of the largest organs of the human body that has performs many functions, including removing toxins from the body, and is really important to survival. Just like other cancer treatments, Liver cancer treatment also depends on the stage of the condition.
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Liver cancer treatment is done in cases if the patients’s family has a history of liver cancer, excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking, diabetes, liver disease, low immunity etc. are also some causes of liver cancer. There are very rare visible signs in the early stages of primary Liver cancer. Once the treatment begins and a person has fallen sick critically owing to liver damage. The typical signs and symptoms of liver cancer may include the following-
- Jaundice is one of the most common indications that implies Liver cancer- Yellowing of the skin, eyes, and tongue.
- Pain in abdomen
- One my start losing weight all of a sudden
- Enlarging of liver causing swelling abdomen
- Vomiting sensation
- Constant fever is a usual sign that one shouldn’t ignore
Liver Cancer- Procedure
If you are detected with liver cancer your doctor will first recommend a few tests of blood, urine, and heart, etc considering the symptoms. Once the patient and donor’s liver matches, the the procedure of liver transplantation will take place. If you’re suitable for a liver transplant and once the good news of donor’s availability is confirmed, you’ll normally need to be placed on a waiting list until a donor’s liver becomes available for you. The normal waiting time for a liver transplant is 142 days for adults. Once the donor is available the specialist doctors sit with the family of the patients to explain the entire process and the risk associated with it. A written agreement is signed by the patient’s family. After completion of all the above formalities, the patient is kept on “Nil by Mouth” diet which means the patient can only intake fluid with the use of IV drip.