The liver plays a vital role in the body by removing waste, filtering chemicals in ingested materials, and producing bile which helps aid in the digestive process. Cancer of the liver, also known as hepatic cancer starts when cells of the liver grow in an uncontrolled fashion. View our Liver Cancer Providers
Factors that increase the risk of primary liver or hepatic cancer include:
In the early stages of primary liver cancer, signs and symptoms are not clearly evident. However, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, contact your physician for an evaluation.
A doctor will most commonly search for alpha-fetoprotein in the blood. This protein is found in healthy adults in extremely low levels, unless the patient is pregnant. An elevated amount in the blood may indicate the presence of liver cancer.
A CT scan is often the most reliable imaging test to discover the extent of liver damage, but an ultrasound or angiogram (which focuses on the patient’s blood vessels in the case of potential instances of angiosarcoma) may be performed as well.
The doctor will remove a piece of liver tissue using a needle. The sample of tissue will be sent to a laboratory to be tested by a pathologist. The test will determine if cancerous cells are present.
We provide treatment options for:
Cancers of the liver can start in the liver cells themselves (hepatocellular carcinoma), in the cells of the bile ducts (cholangiocarcinoma), or other tissues (i.e. sarcomas) within the liver.
Treatment is individualized based on the characteristics of the liver cancer and the patient themselves. However, the most common treatment options include:
To request an appointment or obtain a second opinion on your diagnosis, please call the CareMount Medical Cancer Center referral line at 1-844-484-3292.