Hepatic cancer is also known as liver cancer and primarily originates in the liver which has not spread from another organ to the liver. When cancers that have developed elsewhere settle in the liver, they are known as liver metastases or secondary liver cancer. Primary liver cancers erupt in the liver only. Secondary liver cancers are caused by the spread of lung cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer and ovarian cancer. HCC or hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common type of liver cancer. It predominantly affects the males and is known to form due to excessive alcohol consumption.
HCC is characterized by several events:
Surgical resection (removal)of either the part of the liver or in its entirety is an option for curing the disease. Liver transplant also is an option depending on the number and size of the tumor. Liver surgery is a very complex operation which requires expertise, specialized instruments and a multidisciplinary team consisting of the surgeon, anaesthetist, hepatologist, interventional radiologists etc. Non-curable cancer is treated with targeted radiotherapy, ablative therapy and interventional radiological methods.
Consult us today for the diagnosis and staging of liver cancer. We have experience in liver resections and other multimodality treatments.Authored by Dr. Deepak Varma, MBBS, MS (General Surgery)
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