Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common type of liver cancer. It is often associated with underlying viral hepatitis or other forms of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.
Symptoms of hepatocellular carcinoma may include pain in the upper abdomen over the liver. The condition may be associated with jaundice or yellowing of the skin, fluid accumulation in the abdomen, fatigue and weight loss.
Hepatocellular carcinoma is typically diagnosed using an imaging study of the liver, such as ultrasound, CAT scan and MRI. Blood testing will often reveal elevated liver enzymes and abnormal levels of alpha fetoprotein. Biopsy of the tumor may be necessary.
Treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma is dependent upon the size of the tumor, the number of lesions, evidence of metastatic disease, age and overall health of the patient. Treatment options include surgical resection, removal of the tumor, chemotherapy or even liver transplantation.
Are you concerned about your risk for liver cancer? Please contact Regional Gi’s board certified GI specialists today.