Liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), is a type of cancer that begins in the cells of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that plays a crucial role in filtering toxins from the blood, producing bile to aid in digestion, and storing nutrients. Liver cancer can develop when the cells in the liver begin to grow uncontrollably and form a mass or tumour.
The exact cause of liver cancer is not known, but certain risk factors can increase a person's
likelihood of developing the disease. These risk factors include chronic liver disease, such as
hepatitis B or C, heavy alcohol use, obesity, and exposure to certain toxins or chemicals.
In the early stages, liver cancer may not cause any symptoms. As the cancer grows and spreads, however, symptoms may include abdominal pain or swelling, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and nausea or vomiting.
Diagnosis of liver cancer typically involves a physical exam, blood tests, imaging studies (such as CT or MRI scans), and a biopsy to examine the cells in the affected area. Treatment for liver cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy. The specific treatment approach will depend on the stage and location of the cancer, as well as the person's overall health and other factors.
Dr. Harish Kancharla, a medical oncologist at Yashoda Hospital, Somajiguda, has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of liver cancer. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to care, working closely with a team of specialists to provide comprehensive, personalized treatment plans for each patient.
In addition to medical treatment, Dr. Harish Kancharla emphasizes the importance of supportive care for people with liver cancer. This may include dietary changes, pain management, and counseling to address emotional and psychological aspects of the disease.
Dr. Harish Kancharla stays up-to-date with the latest research and treatment advances in liver cancer, ensuring that his patients receive the most effective and innovative care available. He also prioritizes open communication with his patients and their families, taking the time to answer questions and address concerns throughout the treatment process.
If you have been diagnosed with liver cancer or are concerned about your risk of developing the disease, Dr. Harish Kancharla can provide expert guidance and support. Contact his office to schedule a consultation and learn more about your treatment options.