Metastatic liver cancer

Cancer affects thousands of people all around the world. There are many different types and stages of cancer that can occur within a human body and this article is written to give you some information into the signs and symptoms of metastatic liver cancer and what you need to look for if you suspect this disease. But first for those who do not know, what it this form of liver cancer.

Because the liver filters the toxins from the blood, when cancerous cells from the main cancer in the body breaks off, they usually go into the bloodstream and travel to the liver, thus causing this disease of the liver.

There are many different signs that can be seen when a person develops this disease. Some of the first symptoms that can be read include things like poor appetite, weight loss, and on occasion a fever. Most of the time the liver becomes enlarged and is hard when touched.

As the condition worsens, a person may start to look yellow or jaundice as the liver has harder trouble filtering the blood. As this disease progresses, a swelling of the abdominal cavity may appear, this is a result of fluid buildup. When a person is close to death, they may feel a little vague, drowsy and confused from the toxins that have built up within the body over the period of time which has moved through to the brain.

Diagnoses can be done by your doctor through the means of a simple blood test, although sometimes metastatic liver cancer cannot be found until it has evolved past the point of curing. On occasions when this condition is found, the individual who suffers from it does not know they have cancer until it is too late.

Treatment methods for this cancer and the success depend on the rate of development of the tumor, and the primary source of where it comes from. Some treatment methods include radiation to the liver, chemotherapy, and surgery.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, remember that it doesn’t mean you have this disease as these could be symptoms for some other underlying condition. Overall, if you suspect something wrong, it may be best to see your local doctor for advice. If you have cancer, and you find it hard to cope, then there may be local support groups that are in your area that you could attend.  Remember that the sooner you have it seen to, the better chances of survival there will be.