Disease Spotlight: What You Need to Know About Liver Cancer

Though the liver is required daily to perform vital digestive processes, symptoms of liver cancer can be difficult to detect until the disease has reached an advanced stage.

According to the American Liver Foundation, approximately 30,000 Americans are expected to receive a liver cancer diagnosis this year. Read on to learn more about the disease:

  • Liver cancer is most common when the liver is damaged by alcohol abuse, chronic infection from diseases such as hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Symptoms can include fatigue, feelings of fullness and jaundice.
  • Because the liver is among the most common sites for a primary disease to spread, most liver cancers are metastatic.
  • Physical exam, blood tests, a CT scan, MRI or an ultrasound test can confirm diagnosis of liver cancer.
  • Treatment options for liver cancer include transplant, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, such as stereotactic radiosurgery.

To learn more about liver cancer, visit the National Cancer Institute.

Illinois CyberKnife offers stereotactic body radiation therapy for liver cancer using CyberKnife® technology. It has the ability to treat tumors with precisely focused radiation and offers an important advantage for some liver cancer patients. Accurate to within less than a millimeter, radiosurgery has minimal effect on surrounding health tissue and is a nonsurgical procedure.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.