Liver Cancer Diagnosis
It is predicted that in 2021, over 42,200 adults will be diagnosed with liver cancer.
As cancer strikes the liver, it kills liver cells and impairs the organ’s ability to function normally. Primary and secondary liver cancers are the two types of liver cancer. Primary liver cancer starts in the liver cells. If cancer cells from another organ migrate to the liver, it is known as secondary liver cancer.
How to Check for Liver Cancer
The following liver cancer tests are used for the diagnosis of liver cancer:
- Blood Tests: Blood samples are among the methods and treatments used to detect liver cancer. Most people wonder if liver cancer shows up in blood tests, then yes – abnormalities in liver function can be discovered by blood testing.
- Imaging Tests: Imaging scans produce images of the body’s interior using x-rays, gravitational fields, or sound waves. A liver scan helps doctors in locating the cancer’s exact position.
- Ultrasound: Ultrasound is sometimes used as the first procedure to examine the liver. It creates an image on a computer screen using sound waves. This examination will reveal tumors in the liver, which can then be checked for cancer if necessary.
- Computed Tomography: A CT scan is a form of x-ray that produces clear photographs of the body. A liver CT scan can aid in the detection of a variety of liver tumors. It may reveal the scale, shape, and position of any tumors in the liver or other parts of the abdomen, as well as surrounding blood vessels. CT scans may also be used to direct a biopsy needle through a suspicious tumor with pinpoint accuracy (called a CT-guided needle biopsy). If you have liver cancer, a CT scan of your chest can be performed to check for cancer spread to your lungs.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging: MRI scans, including CT scans, provide clear photographs of the body’s soft tissues. MRI scans, on the other hand, use radio waves and powerful magnets instead of x-rays. When it comes to examining liver tumors, MRI scans can be very useful. They will also distinguish between benign and malignant tumors. These can also be used to see if there are any blockages in the blood vessels in and around the liver and see if the liver disease has spread to other areas of the body.
- Biopsy: A slice of liver tissue is removed for examination. To make a conclusive diagnosis of liver cancer, it could be important to take a fragment of liver tissue for laboratory examination.
If you or a loved one have liver cancer – or any other kind of cancer – contact our office at All American Hospice. Our expert caregivers are trained in providing support, treatment, and empathy during such times.