Napa Valley Liver Cancer Treatment

We treat liver cancer in patients of all ages

The liver plays many roles: cleaning toxins from the blood, creating bile for digestion, regulating blood clotting and transforming sugar into energy. Liver cancer will interfere with all of these functions given enough time.

There is no denying that liver cancer is difficult to treat, but do not despair. It is possible to survive liver cancer. There are many treatments available that can help you manage symptoms and maintain comfort.

Ways you can help prevent liver cancer

If someone in your family has had liver cancer, then your risk factors will be slightly higher. However, there is no reason to live in fear it will someday affect you. There are many things you can do to lower your risk of developing liver cancer.

While we do not know exactly what causes liver cancer, we do know several things that increase the likelihood of development. One of them is chronic hepatitis infections.

Measures you can take to lower your risk of liver cancer include:

  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis B
  • Practice safe sex to prevent hepatitis C
  • Never use unsanitary needles for an injection to prevent hepatitis C
  • Reduce alcohol consumptions
  • Talk to your doctor about liver cancer screening and how often you should get one
  • Use caution if you handle chemicals at school or work
  • If you have diabetes, practice appropriate diabetes management

Treatment options

There are not many treatment options for liver cancer. Surgery to remove the liver is the most common treatment, if the cancer is caught early enough, but this is a difficult operation to perform due to the complexity of the liver. Liver transplants are also a possible treatment for some patients.

Some nonsurgical treatment options include heating or freezing the cancer cells to kill them, injecting pure alcohol into the tumor to kill it or using chemotherapy. Most patients with liver cancer are recommended palliative care where they can get ongoing support to help manage their symptoms.