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Liver Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment in Anchorage, AK

Liver Cancer Treatment in Anchorage, Alaska

The liver is the largest glandular organ located in the upper right side of your abdomen, above your stomach, and below your diaphragm. It produces bile to help digest fat and stores nutrients such as glucose to keep you nourished. Liver cancer occurs when the cells of the liver grow uncontrollably.

Types of Liver Cancer

Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) or Hepatoma
It is the most common form of liver cancer that develops in the hepatocytes (predominant liver cells) and can spread to other body parts, such as the stomach, pancreas, and intestines. People with severe liver damage caused by alcohol abuse are more susceptible to HCC.

Angiosarcoma
It is a rare tumor that forms in the liver's blood vessels and usually goes undetected until the cancer progresses to an advanced stage.

Cholangiocarcinoma/Bile Duct Cancer
It develops in the bile ducts that carry bile to the gallbladder, which assist in digestion. There are two types of bile duct cancer, including:

  • Intrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer - originates in the bile duct sections inside the liver
  • Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer - originates in the bile duct sections outside the liver

Hepatoblastoma
It is a rare form of liver cancer usually found in children below three years of age.

Liver Cancer Symptoms

Generally, liver cancer patients do not experience any symptoms in the early stages of primary liver cancer (that begins in the liver). However, symptoms that may be experienced in the later stages include:

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness

Treatment Options for Liver Cancer at Far North Surgery

At Far North Surgery, we can treat liver cancer in any of the following ways, depending on its severity and extent.

  • Hepatectomy

    Hepatectomy is the surgical method of removing either a part or all of your liver and surrounding healthy tissue. This procedure is possible only if the cancer is confined to your liver.

  • Ablation

    Ablation involves the use of heat or ethanol injections to destroy cancer cells. It is performed only if surgery is not possible for some reason.

  • Radiation Therapy

    High-energy X-ray beams are used to kill cancer cells and diminish cancer-related symptoms.

  • Embolization and chemoembolization

    These are surgical procedures to block the hepatic artery that supplies blood to the tumor. Chemotherapy drugs are injected into the hepatic artery after blocking it to keep them in the liver for a long period.

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy drugs are administered intravenously or orally to destroy cancer cells.

  • Targeted Therapy

    Specially designed cancer-killing medications are used to decrease blood supply to the tumor, thus preventing its growth.

Why Choose Far North Surgery for the Best Liver Cancer Treatment in Anchorage, AK

Far North Surgery, a trusted surgery center in Anchorage, Alaska, is committed to providing you personalized liver cancer treatment and care. Our surgeon, Dr. Madhu Prasad, has more than 30 years of experience and expertise in performing surgical oncology procedures with desired results. Our patient-centered care, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and advanced surgical procedures ensure competent and compassionate healthcare for all our patients.

Contact us today if you are looking for the best liver cancer treatment near you.

FAQs

Yes, there are several ways to remove a tumor from the liver. The best way to cure liver cancer is with a liver transplant or surgical resection (removal of the tumor with surgery). If the tumor is confined to a small part of the liver, the same may be treated with ablation or radiation.

Standard treatment options for curing a liver tumor include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Ablation
  • Embolization and chemoembolization
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