Cancer Center in Los Angeles, CA
At Pasadena CyberKnife Center, we’re proud to provide world-class cancer treatment to patients throughout the greater Los Angeles area – but more than anything, our mission is to provide hope in the fight against cancer. Our state-of-the-art cancer treatment center in Pasadena, CA offers cutting-edge CyberKnife treatment, a revolutionary form of radiation therapy that provides a noninvasive solution for cancer treatment. We strive to be a comprehensive resource for cancer care and patient education, so we’ve compiled a few common questions about liver cancer alongside their answers.
Common Questions About Liver Cancer
What is liver cancer?
Liver cancer refers to any cancerous growth or tumor that forms in the liver, a large organ located on the right side of the abdomen.
What causes liver cancer?
Liver cancer may have a number of causes, and research has outlined a number of specific risk factors: variables that increase the likelihood of any one individual developing liver cancer over the course of their lifetime. By far, the most significant risk factor for liver cancer in the US is liver cirrhosis, a condition where scar tissue develops in the liver. Cirrhosis is commonly caused by heavy alcohol use, which makes alcohol a strong risk factor for liver cancer. Other major risk factors include infection with hepatitis B, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and some rare diseases.
What symptoms does liver cancer cause?
Symptoms for liver cancer may be difficult to place, and liver cancer may not produce symptoms until an advanced stage. However, if liver cancer does produce symptoms, they may include any of the following:
- Weight loss
- Sudden appetite loss or feeling full after eating only a small meal
- A lump on the right side of the stomach
- Stomach aches or pain in the abdomen
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
What are the potential treatments for liver cancer?
The ideal treatment course for liver cancer depends entirely upon the patient and their specific case, and your doctor will talk with you to outline a treatment plan. For early-stage liver cancer, surgery is a common treatment. Radiation therapy methods such as CyberKnife are also commonly used to treat liver cancer. Other treatments may include chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or immunotherapy. Often, a cancer doctor will opt to combine multiple treatments to achieve the best outcome.
Schedule a Consultation with Your Pasadena Radiation Therapy Center
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with liver cancer, we understand that you may feel overwhelmed – but we’re here to help. The world-class cancer doctors and radiation oncologists at Pasadena CyberKnife Center have helped countless patients overcome liver cancer and reclaim a normal life. Don’t wait: call us today at 626.768.1021 to learn more about our treatment options and schedule your treatment consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you beat cancer through high-quality treatment!