Cancer of the Liver
Liver cancer is the fourth-most common cancer in the world. It is sometimes called a "silent disease." This is because there are usually no early symptoms.
If symptoms are present, they may include the following:
- A hard lump on the right side just below the rib cage
- Discomfort in the upper abdomen (stomach) on the right side
- Pain around the right shoulder blade
- Unexplained weight loss.
Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and percutaneous ethanol injection are some of the treatment options available for this type of cancer. However, liver cancer must be detected early in order to be treated with surgery.
Factors that affect a person's prognosis include:
- The stage of the cancer
- How well the liver is working
- The person's general health, including whether there is cirrhosis of the liver.
(To learn more about this disease, including a list of factors that increase your risk for it, click Liver Cancer.)