Liver Cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma)
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
- Liver cancer facts
- Where is the liver located?
- What is liver cancer?
- What is metastatic liver cancer?
- What causes liver cancer?
- What are the risk factors for liver cancer? Is liver cancer hereditary?
- What are liver cancer symptoms and signs?
- How do health care professionals diagnose liver cancer?
- How is liver cancer staged?
- What are the types of liver cancer and liver tumors?
- Is liver cancer curable?
- What is the medical treatment for liver cancer?
- What is the follow-up after treatment for liver cancer?
- What is the prognosis of liver cancer? What are the survival rates for liver cancer?
- Are there alternative and complementary therapies for liver cancer?
- Is it possible to prevent liver cancer?
- Where can you learn more about liver cancer?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
Liver cancer facts
- Most people who get liver cancer (hepatic cancer) get it in the setting of chronic liver disease.
- Incidence rates of hepatocellular cancer are rising in the United States due to increasing prevalence of cirrhosis caused by chronic hepatitis C and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
- There are many treatment alternatives for liver cancer. The treatment chosen depends upon how much the cancer has spread and the general health of the liver and the overall health of the patient.
- The type of physician that treats liver cancer is a specialist called an oncologist, an internal medicine doctor with a board certification in oncology.
Where is the liver located?
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, which can progress to scarring (fibrosis) or liver cancer. Hepatitis can be caused by toxic substances, infection, or autoimmune diseases. Common viruses that cause hepatitis are referred to as types A, B, C, D, and E. It's possible to prevent hepatitis with a vaccine available for types A, B, and E.
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