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Liver Tumors – Detection & Treatment Options

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Detection & Treatment Options

Detection & Treatment Options for Liver Tumors

If you suspect you might have liver cancer symptoms, it is important to seek help from a physician at a Phoenix cancer center or other medical facility right away. Your doctor will perform an exam that involves feeling your abdomen to examine the organs, check for abnormal fluid retention, and look at your eyes and skin for jaundice. If your physician determines liver cancer is a possibility, some tests will be performed to check for sure.


There are a few different ways that your doctor may use to detect liver tumors. He or she may use one or a combination of the following:

· Biopsy. This involves the removal of a tissue sample that is tested to determine liver function. The sample may be removed by a thin needle, a thicker needle for core samples, laparoscopy, or surgical biopsy.

· Blood tests. When using a blood test, your doctor will like be looking for alpha-fetoprotein, or AFP. Some blood tests simply measure the functionality of the liver, but the presence of AFP could indicate liver cancer.

· Imaging tests. CT or CAT scans are used to determine how far the cancer has spread, if it has spread at all. This is the most reliable method for liver cancer detection, but your physician might also order an ultrasound or angiogram.

General Options for Treatment

The type of treatment you receive for liver cancer depends on the type and stage you are facing. When caught in the early stages, most physicians will seek aggressive treatment to totally remove the cancer. Every treatment option has particular advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to discuss your options thoroughly with your doctor. The most common treatments often involve a combination of the following.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Disease-directed treatments
  • Immunotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Targeted therapy

For more information on Phoenix liver tumor treatment and detection, contact Phoenix CyberKnife and Radiation Oncology Center at 602-441-3845.


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