Have you received a recent diagnosis of liver cancer? There is no doubt that those are words you did not want to hear. The good news is that you may be able to be treated for it. It certainly is not always terminal. Research is ongoing in an effort to find more solutions to this type of cancer.
The Liver Is More Likely to Suffer from Cancer
Your liver is the largest organ in your body. Its purpose is to filter out poisons and other chemicals that enter into your bloodstream through the food you eat and water you drink. This means that all poisons in your body will eventually pass through the liver, and this is one of the causes that cancer may develop.
Statistics for Liver Cancer
In the United States, liver cancer is not seen nearly so much as in other countries. It accounts for only two percent of all cancers in the U.S., but occurs in as much as 50 percent of the cancers in other countries.
The Types of Cancer That May Develop
The liver is made up of a number of different types of cells. The result is that it is subject to several different types of cancer, including Focal nodular hyperplasia, Hepatic adenoma, Fibroma, Leiomyoma, cysts, Lipoma, and Hemangioma. Each of these types form cysts and can be removed by surgery.
The one kind that presents a greater danger is called Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This particular type is the third most common cause of cancer deaths around the globe, and it affects more than 500,000 annually.
The Causes of Liver Cancer
One of the primary causes of this kind of cancer is the abuse of alcohol, which is behind about 80 percent of the cases. After that come autoimmune diseases, Hepatitis B or C, an inflamed liver (long-term), and too much iron in the body.
Current Research to Treat This Type of Cancer
Several research projects are being looked at now. While most people with liver cancer are not candidates for a liver transplant, other new treatment forms may be available. One is a virus therapy, called JX-594. The basis of this new experimental vaccine was used years ago to develop the smallpox vaccine. It is injected straight into the cancer cells, which will then generate proteins that will cause the body’s immune system to attack, or it may kill the cells directly.
New forms of treatment continue to develop that may save your life. Some experimental treatments may be available through a clinical trial held in a hospital near you.