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Liver cancer, is a potentially life-threatening condition, it demands attention due to the rising cases in the UK and globally. This comprehensive guide aims to shed light on the various aspects of liver cancer, from its symptoms and causes to available treatment options. 

What is Liver Cancer?: 

Liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), occurs when abnormal cells in the liver multiply uncontrollably, forming a malignant tumour. As one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide, early detection and prompt treatment are crucial for improving prognosis and survival rates. 

Symptoms of Liver Cancer: 

Identifying liver cancer in its early stages can be challenging since symptoms often become clearer at later stages. Common symptoms include: 
Unexplained weight loss 
Loss of appetite 
Abdominal pain or tenderness 
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) 
Swelling in the abdomen 
Fatigue and weakness 
If you experience any of these symptoms persistently, you must consult a healthcare professional as soon as possible, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have liver cancer, but a healthcare professional can provide further evaluation and diagnosis. 

Causes of Liver Cancer: 

Several factors contribute to the development of liver cancer, including: 
Chronic Liver Disease: Long-term liver diseases such as hepatitis B or C and cirrhosis significantly increase the risk of liver cancer. 
Alcohol Consumption: Excessive alcohol consumption over a prolonged period can lead to liver damage and increase the likelihood of developing liver cancer. 
Obesity and Poor Diet: Obesity and a diet high in fat and cholesterol may elevate the risk of liver cancer. 
Genetic Factors: Inherited liver diseases and genetic mutations can predispose individuals to liver cancer. 
Understanding these risk factors can help individuals take preventive measures and adopt healthier lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of developing liver cancer. 

Treatment Options for Liver Cancer: 

The treatment approach for liver cancer depends on various factors, including the stage of cancer, overall health, and personal preferences. Treatment options may include: 
Surgery: Surgical procedures such as liver resection or liver transplant may be recommended for removing the tumour or replacing the diseased liver with a healthy one. 
Chemotherapy and Targeted Therapy: These treatment modalities involve the use of drugs to kill cancer cells or inhibit their growth. 
Radiotherapy: High-energy beams are targeted at the tumour to destroy cancer cells. 
Immunotherapy: This innovative treatment approach harnesses the body's immune system to fight cancer cells. 
In some cases, a combination of these treatment types may be employed to effectively manage liver cancer and improve outcomes. 
Liver cancer poses a significant health threat both in the UK and globally, but with awareness, early detection, and advances in treatment, there is hope for better outcomes. By understanding the symptoms, causes, and available treatment options, individuals can take proactive steps towards reducing their risk of liver cancer and seeking timely medical intervention if needed. 

How can we help: 

Academy Care, are a domiciliary care company, providing support to individuals whom for reasons of ill health or disability, could benefit from long or short-term domiciliary care services in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their own home. Our highly trained, passionate carers, support people daily in their own homes, to optimise both their independence and wellbeing. 
We create tailored care plans to meet the needs of all our clients, working with the client, their family and any medical or social services to ensure that the client gets the very best care for them. We also continuously monitor these care plans to ensure that they are up to date with the needs of the client, as needs can change very quickly. 
We will work with you, the client’s family to deliver the care, helping to ensure that everyone involved is happy with the care being provided and that the client’s needs are being met through our service. 
If you would like to discuss how we can help you, give us a call on 01924 925 244, alternatively look at our services here
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