Miskawaan Integrative Cancer Care

Liver Cancer

Of all the cases of cancerous cells detected in the liver, less than half originated there. The majority started in another organ and spread to the liver, making diagnosis and treatment a complicated affair.

Liver Cancer


The liver is the largest internal organ in the human body. It is responsible for filtering blood and utilizing nutrients absorbed by the intestines. 

Tumors that begin growing in the liver before anywhere else are referred to as primary liver cancer. Secondary liver cancer describes tumors that spread to the organ after originating elsewhere in the body.

Although there are known risk factors, a significant number of people who lead healthy lifestyles are also diagnosed with primary liver cancer.

Liver Cancer Statistics

Global statistics about liver cancer is somewhat unreliable because of inconsistent reporting with regards to primary and secondary diagnoses. But in the US, outlooks have improved in recent years:
  • In 2016, the incidence rate declined for the first time in 15 years
  • In 2017, the survival rate increased for the first time in 18 years
  • The average age of diagnosis is 63 years old

Liver Cancer Causes

The main causes of liver cancer take decades to develop into a tumor or malignant growth. That’s why it’s so important to understand and manage risks such as:
  • Obesity
  • Hepatitis B or C
  • Cirrhosis of the liver

Liver Cancer Symptoms

Signs of liver cancer are the same for primary and secondary diagnoses. In most cases, they are hard to spot unless the cancer has advanced to later stages. Symptoms may include:
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Darkened urine
  • Intense itching all over the body

Liver Cancer Diagnosis

Patients who are classified as high risk should be screened every six to twelve months. Screening involves scanning the liver (ultrasound, CT, or MRI) or testing a patient’s blood for a certain type of protein produced by the liver.

If screening indicates a high likelihood of liver cancer, a tissue sample will be taken to look for either a primary or secondary diagnosis and evidence of how far it has progressed.

Liver Cancer Treatment

When liver cancer is detected early, it can be removed with surgery. If surgery is not a viable option because of a patient’s poor overall health or there is no available replacement liver, chemotherapy may shrink the tumor and decrease symptoms.

Hyperthermia treatment kills cancer cells with extreme heat and is another alternative to surgery. Our specialists also recommend high doses of glutathione and vitamin C for a powerful antioxidant and liver detoxification regimen.

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