The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 40,000 new cases of liver cancer will be diagnosed in 2017. Swedish Medical Center is a leading facility in the treatment of liver disease and liver cancer through our Center for Diseases of the Liver & Pancreas.
Our multidisciplinary team of experts is experienced in the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of liver cancer. We utilize cutting-edge imaging technology and advanced surgical procedures to treat these complex tumors and provide the best possible outcome for our patients.
Liver Cancer Risk Factors and Symptoms
We recognize warning signs and symptoms to diagnose liver cancer early, utilizing advanced diagnostic tools, plus expertise in risk factors and symptoms, to ensure early detection and treatment of liver cancer.
Common risk factors of liver cancer include obesity, heavy alcohol use, Type 2 Diabetes and chronic viral hepatitis (Hep-B or Hep-C). For patients with these risk factors, our physicians examine each patient to determine whether any symptoms of liver cancer are present.
Some of the most common symptoms of liver cancer are:
- An enlarged liver or spleen
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain in the abdomen
- Swelling or fluid build-up in the abdomen
- Unexplained weight loss
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
For patients with early symptoms of liver cancer, our team works quickly and efficiently to confirm the diagnosis.
Early Screening and Diagnosis
We use several different methods to reach a liver cancer diagnosis, including imaging tests and minimally invasive exams. These can include:
- Blood tests
- CT scan
- Medical history and physical exam
At Swedish Medical Center, our team catches certain cancers at earlier stages than the state average. The cancers include liver, intra- and extra-hepatic bile duct, gallbladder, pancreas and other parts of the biliary tract.