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When detected early, Liver Cancer is usually small, localised, and easier to treat.
Survival rates are better too when detected early.
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What is liver cancer?
Liver cancer refers to the growth and spread of malignant (cancerous) cells in the liver. The liver is an essential organ located in the upper right part of the abdomen, responsible for several crucial functions in the body, including detoxification, metabolism of nutrients, and the production of proteins necessary for blood clotting.
There are two primary types of liver cancer:
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC): This is the most common type of liver cancer and originates in the hepatocytes, which are the main functional cells of the liver. HCC is often associated with underlying liver diseases, such as cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis B or C infection, or alcohol-related liver damage.
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma: This type of liver cancer starts in the bile ducts within the liver. It is less common than HCC but can still be quite aggressive.
Treatment in the early stages provides the best chance of cure.
What are the symptoms of Liver Cancer?
The symptoms of liver cancer can vary depending on the stage of the disease and its progression. In the early stages, liver cancer may not cause noticeable symptoms, which is why regular medical check-ups and screenings for individuals at risk are important for early detection. In fact, the majority of patients with liver cancer have no symptoms. It is very often detected by chance as a result of an ultrasound test or CT scan for other unrelated problems.
However, as the cancer advances, the following symptoms may develop:
Unexplained Weight Loss
Loss of Appetite
Nausea of Vomitting
Enlarged Liver or Spleen
Pale Coloured Stools
Easy Bruising or Bleeding
Changes in Bowel Habits
What treatments are available for Liver Cancer?
The choice of treatment for liver cancer depends on several factors, including the stage of the cancer, the patient's overall health, and the underlying liver condition. Treatment options for liver cancer can include:
Resection: Surgical removal of the tumor and a portion of the healthy liver tissue around it. This is often an option for early-stage liver cancer when the tumor is small and localised.
Liver transplant: In some cases, a liver transplant may be recommended, especially when the liver cancer is confined to the liver and a suitable donor organ is available.
Ablation therapies (Microwave, Radiofrequency, Ethanol, Cryotherapy)
Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE)
Transarterial radioembolization (TARE)
External beam radiation therapy (EBRT)
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
Dr Lee Chin Li
Director, Consultant & General Surgeon
MB BCh BAO, LRCP & SI (NUI), IMRCS (Ire), MMED (SURG), FRCS (Ed)
With more than 20 years of experience under his belt, Dr Lee Chin Li was the founding Head of Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery and Consultant General Surgeon, Juronghealth Campus, National University Health System (NUHS). He was instrumental in building up the unit to provide comprehensive general surgical and complex Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary services.
Dr Lee is described as many to be empathetic and pleasant, and constantly seeks to provide the best quality of care to his patients.
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Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre (Orchard)
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