Diagnosis of liver cancer
When a tumor is suspected, in addition to the physical examination, other tests are performed:
Image exams such as:
- Computed tomography,
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging,
These tests are not only useful for determining the size and location of the tumor, but can also help determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
1. The biopsy is the removal of a piece of tissue from the tumor for analysis in the laboratory.
This analysis helps doctors to make a correct diagnosis and choose the right treatment.
The biopsy is often the surgical technique performed by laparoscopy, a little invasive for the patient.
2. Blood tests that reveal the health status of the liver and other organs (when and how they are working). If it is suspected that the cancer is related to a genetic disease, the doctor may prescribe some genetic tests to make a correct diagnosis.
High levels of alpha-fetoprotein in the blood (greater than 200 ng / ml) may indicate the presence of a liver tumor. This examination is not conclusive, as only 20% of patients with liver cancer have very high blood values.
The blood transaminase (GOT and GTP ) values are higher, but this test is not very specific.
Treatment of liver cancer
When the liver stops working properly, it can not perform its metabolic and detoxifying functions of the body, but the tumor can be inoperable if it is too large.
For some situations, surgical treatment is the most appropriate.
Treatment for localized resectable cancer (if no metastases)
The liver resection is a surgical procedure that removes part of the liver where there is a tumor, the surgeon can remove an entire lobe or even the entire organ, in this case a transplant is needed .
The treatment options for non-operable cancer are:
- Chemoembolization : Inject small particles called microspheres into the hepatic artery to stop blood flow to the tumor and to attack the mass with chemotherapy drugs locally;
- The liver transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves replacing the diseased liver for a whole liver (of a deceased donor) or a portion of a healthy liver (from a living donor, often a family member)
- Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive (percutaneous) treatment that involves the use of instrumental analysis (ultrasound, CT or magnetic resonance imaging) to guide an electrode to the needle in the tumor.
The needle has very small dimensions, about 1/2 millimeters. There is no need for incisions or cuts and can be made for tumors smaller than 3 cm.
- The microwave ablation is a treatment for advanced liver cancer. It involves inserting the needle under the ultrasound guidance into the lump of the liver. The needle generates microwaves that warm tumor tissue to necrosis. The duration is about 10-15 minutes. The patient has to be hospitalized for a day or two.
- The alcoholysis is a treatment in which the ethanol is injected into the liver using a very small needle to kill tumor cells using an endoscopic probe to locate the area to be treated.
The cost of this therapy is very small, but the size of the tumor should be small, the removal of tumor cells may not be complete and ethanol can reach the healthy cells.
- The radiation is a form of cancer treatment that uses high-energy waves that damage or destroy cancer cells.
Medical treatments and diagnostic tests involve the use of medications. They are usually supervised by a hepatologist, a doctor who specializes in liver diseases.
Diet and food
According to conventional medicine, among the causes of liver cancer is consumption of alcohol, fatty foods, junk food and excesses that cause obesity.
There are two types of food that have been able to cure diseases without the use of drugs: the blood type diet and Lezaeta’s natural medicine or Shelton’s Hygiene.
Depending on the blood type diet of Dr. D’Adamo / Mozzi, there are some foods that cause the illnesses and symptoms of patients with one blood group but are harmless to others and vice versa.
According to this type of food, some foods are harmful to everyone and can promote the formation of liver carcinoma: dairy, gluten, sweet, fried, and pork.
According to natural medicine and natural hygiene, cancer is caused by a body’s defense mechanism that puts all the toxins in that mass instead of leaving them free in the body’s bloodstream.
In this way, you can avoid worse damage and delay the symptoms and illnesses.
Hygienists recommend fasting (if the patient has no contraindications, such as pregnancy, advanced cancer and diabetes , tuberculosis and heart disease).
The patient can only drink water, but not more than 1.5 liters.
A fast that can last for a few days or a few weeks is helpful because the body is forced to find the nutrients inside the body.
The first tissues that “eat” are masses of fat and tumor (if the cancer is not very advanced).
After diguno, natural medicine recommends that you follow the diet for the tumor with fruits, vegetables and vegetables that creates a hostile environment for cancer cells as it leaves the blood more basic. Avoid meat, milk, dairy products and sugars that promote tumor growth.
Among natural remedies against liver cancer, saffron may have anti- cancer, anti-oxidant and natural anti-inflammatory properties .
How much do you live? The prognosis
The life expectancy for people with liver cancer depends on several factors like the size of the tumor, the number of masses, spread beyond the liver and the general health of the patient.
The overall five-year survival rate for all cases of liver cancer is 15%.
It should be noted that this percentage is low because patients with this disease also have other diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver.
What is survival?
|Type of cancer||5 year survival rate|
|Liver cancer localized (confined to the liver)||28%|
|Regional liver cancer (spread to nearby organs)||7%|
|Liver cancer with metastasis (terminal phase)||2%|
|Liver cancer in general (includes all types)||15%|
|Liver cancer surgically removed||50%|
|Liver cancer after transplantation (treated in the early stages)||70%|