The most common type of liver cancer is the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The common causes of HCC can be high consumption of alcohol, injecting drugs by sharing the needles and unprotected sex. A new research has discovered a new compound called Factor Qunolinone Inhibitor 1 (FQI1) that kills hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and works by inhibiting an oncogen, reported Cancer News.
The initial symptoms of liver cancer can vary from person to person and most of them don't have any symptoms. But gradually as the cancer develops, the symptoms of liver cancer start to appear and they may include loss of appetite, losing weight, nausea, vomiting, upper abdominal pain, enlarged liver, abdominal swelling, jaundice, white chalky stool and general weakness.
Liver cancer is categorized into four stages, this staging is an important factor for the treatment of liver cancer. The different stages of liver cancer are classified as:
Stage 1 – The tumor is present just on the liver and nowhere else.
Stage 2 – There are many small tumors which are present on the liver or a single tumor that has reached the blood vessel.
Stage 3 – There can be many large tumors on the liver or just a single tumor that has reached the main blood vessel.
Stage 4 – In this stage the liver cancer spreads to other parts of the body.
The treatment of liver cancer mainly depends on the extent of cancer, age, your medical history and finally on your personal preference. The treatment for liver cancer may include liver transplant surgery, surgery to remove the affected portion of the liver, freezing cancer cells, heating cancer cells, radiation therapy, injecting chemotherapy drugs into the liver and targeted drug therapy. The alternate treatment for liver cancer to relive the pain, when the cancer is at advance stages is acupuncture, acupressure, listening to music, deep breathing and massage.
The medication for liver cancer are Sorafenib (a chemotherapy medication), Doxorubicin (antibiotic) and Cisplatin (chemotherapy drug utilized to manage liver cancer). The medications for liver cancer are given mainly to treat the symptoms of cancer.
A new study has determined a relationship between vitamin E and liver cancer. The study was published in Journal of the National Cancer Institute and states that having a lot of vitamin E either in the form of food or in the form of supplements can help in lowering the risk of liver cancer, reported Diet and Nutrition News.
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