Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer

Several times a year I listen to CancerCare telephone workshops on different aspects of cancer research and treatment.  Today’s workshop was an “Update on the Treatment of Liver Cancer.” One of the speakers discussed the various risk factors for liver cancer. Cirrhosis underlies 50 to 60 percent of all the liver cancer cases in the United States. Hepatitis C and alcohol abuse are the most frequent causes of cirrhosis. According to the speaker, one can never ignore the degree of underlying damage to the liver when considering treatment for liver cancer. A patient would have the symptoms from the cirrhosis, such as ascites and varices, as well as the cancer symptoms. A few years ago, I wrote a post, “Your Liver on Drugs” which looked at some of the issues connected to maintaining good liver health. I am linking to it again because it still seems relevant.

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