Liver Tumors

Liver Tumors Overview

Your liver serves an important function: to filter out waste and toxins from the bloodstream and prepare those for excretion. The liver is such a vital organ – and being largest organ inside your body – you cannot live without it. Any sign of a tumor presenting itself on your liver should be examined closely at a Palmer cancer center to determine what you are dealing with and how to treat it. The sooner you act on the presence of a liver tumor, the better.

Two Main Tumor Categories

There are two ways that tumors can appear in the liver: they either travel there from another part of the body or grow in the liver from the start. Tumors that travel from elsewhere in the body are known as metastatic tumors. They are secondary tumors that can get into the liver via the bloodstream. Metastatic tumors could indicate a serious issue stemming from another part of the body and require a thorough inspection to form a treatment plan.

Tumors that originate in the liver are known as primary tumors. Some may be benign, or noncancerous, but others could be cancerous and require aggressive treatment. While liver cancer accounts for up to half of cancer diagnoses in undeveloped countries, it is relatively rare in the United States, accounting for about 2 percent of cancers. The average age for those diagnosed with liver cancer is about 67 in the U.S. Men are two times more likely to contract liver cancer than women.

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Outlook for Treatment

Liver tumors are often tricky to diagnose because they may not present any symptoms at first. Liver cancer often doesn’t show symptoms until the disease has reached advanced stages. The outlook for treatment and recovery after a liver cancer diagnosis depends largely on the type of tumor and how far the cancer has spread, but early diagnosis often provides a better outlook. For more information regarding Palmer liver tumor treatment, contact Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center at 907-707-1333.