Health Watch: Liver Cancer rare in United States - WRBL

Health Watch: Liver Cancer rare in United States

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It's estimated about 23,000 men and 8,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed this year with primary liver cancer. Primary liver cancer originates in the liver.

Unfortunately, it's not something doctors routinely screen for, unless there are underlying conditions that put a patient at risk for liver cancer. Oncologist Dr. Wassim McHayleh of West Georgia Health lists those conditions.

"Cirrhosis of the liver, so a diseased liver, usually due to alcohol is one of the reasons, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and some inherited diseases such as Hemochromatosis or Wilson's Disease," said Dr. McHayleh.

Some of the signs of liver cancer include weight loss, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, and bleeding.

Once symptoms appear, the patient likely is in the advanced stages. But Dr. McHayleh says there are good treatment options available.

One oral treatment is Sorafenid. Dr. McHayleh says Sorafenid is the first drug to show improvement in the survival of patients with advanced liver cancer.

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