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Liver cancer occurs when the genetic material of cells in the liver become damaged or changed, producing mutations that affect normal cell growth and division. The abnormal cells then replicate, causing cancer. If undetected, the cancer can spread beyond the liver and move to other parts of the body.
Despite being a common type of cancer worldwide, liver cancer is relatively uncommon in the UK, with just over 4,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The exact cause of liver cancer is unknown, but most cases are associated with damage and scarring of the liver known as cirrhosis. There are a number of causes of cirrhosis, including:
Liver cancer symptoms usually include:
If any of these symptoms apply to you, or if you have any concerns about similar symptoms, it is essential that you see your doctor at once, as your chances of recovery are much higher if your cancer is diagnosed early. Alternatively you can book an appointment with one of our specialists by completing this form online or by calling 020 8247 3351.
If you’re referred to CCL for diagnosis, your consultant or oncologist will advise you on which tests are relevant to your individual symptoms. A variety of different tests are used to diagnose liver cancer, including:
At CCL, patients with liver cancer are treated by a specialist multidisciplinary team. This team works together to create a treatment plan to suit the individual needs of the patient. Options for treating liver cancer vary from case to case, based on the general health of the patient and the stage of the cancer. Treatment could include:
At CCL we provide support that caters to both the physical and emotional needs of the patient, before, during and after treatment.
We offer a wide range of services for patients, as well as their loved ones, designed to make a very difficult time as easy as possible, and to give our patients the best treatment and support possible. Our support services include counselling, group sessions and much more. You can find the full range of our support services here. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
If you have any questions about liver cancer or would like to book an appointment with one of our liver cancer specialists, complete this form online or call 020 8247 3351.