By: Abby Brinson

Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer
Liver cancer is cancer in your liver. Because the liver continuously filters blood, many cells pass through the liver. So it would be very easy for a cancerous call to pass through. Most cancer does not start in the liver. It will start in a different part of the body and spread to the liver through the blood, or by cell.  Because the liver is made up of many different types of cells, so several types of tumors can form there.  Some are cancerous and some are noncancerous. Either way they can spread to other parts of the body.  Every type of tumor is treated differently, so the outlook is different for each tumor. Liver cancer is caused by, birth defects, alcohol abuse, chronic infection with disease such as hepatitis B and C, and cirrhosis.  

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There are 4 main stages of liver cancer. Stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, and stage 4. What is different about stage 4 is that it is divided in to 2 further stages. Stage 4A and stage 4B. The difference between 4A and 4B is that  stage 4A means that it has spread to Lymph nodes. Stage 4B means that it has spread to other organs. Metastasis is when the cancer spreads to other organs

If you are at an early stage of cancer and the rest of your liver is healthy, surgery my cure you (they will usually take the cancer out).  Clinic trials are researching weather or not patience who have partial hepatectomy will be helped by getting treatment with additional surgery. People with advanced cancer, sadly, cannot be cured with surgery because it is more wide spread. Even though surgery will not help treatments such as radiation (the emission of energy as electromagnetic waves) to help relieve the pain. If you have recurrent cancer it means that after treatment your cancer has reappeared. Treatment for liver cancer the has reappeared after initial therapy depends on many factors, including where it comes back.

The overall survival rate for people with liver cancer is 16%. For the 41% of people that have been diagnosed at an early stage, the five year survival rate is 29%. If the cancer has spread to the surrounding tissue or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes, the survival rate is five years. If your cancer is in remission it means that it can come back at anytime if it is temporary or permanent remission.  

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