The liver is a large vital organ located in the upper-right area of the stomach. It is a part of the digestive system, and its main functions are to filter blood from the digestive tract, detoxify chemicals, and help metabolize drugs.
Liver cancer or hepatic cancer is a cancer that originates in the liver. There are several different types of liver cancers, with the most common being hepatocellular carcinoma.
At The Hyperthermia Cancer Institute, our goal is to help improve the effectiveness of liver cancer treatments by utilizing the proven benefits of hyperthermia treatments. Our experienced team understands patients’ needs and provides targeted treatments to help resolve their health issues.
Liver Cancer Overview
Liver cancers are malignant tumors that grow on the surface or inside the liver. They are formed from either the liver itself or from structures within the liver, including blood vessels or the bile duct. Liver tumors are discovered on medical imaging equipment (often by accident) or present themselves symptomatically.
Common symptoms of liver cancer include:
- Swelling in the abdominal region
- Pain in the abdominal region
- A decrease in appetite
- Jaundice (a health condition marked by a yellow or greenish tint in the skin and the whites of the eyes)
- Liver dysfunction
Liver cancer forms as a results of mutations within the DNA of liver. The leading cause of liver cancer is viral infection with hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus. The cancer usually forms secondary to cirrhosis caused by these viruses. For this reason, the highest rates of liver cancer occur where these viruses are endemic, including East-Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Liver cancers should not be confused with liver metastases, also known as secondary liver cancer, which are cancers that originate from organs elsewhere in the body and migrate to the liver. Liver metastases are actually more common than liver cancer and can occur as a result of colon cancer, breast cancer, and lung cancer when they are spreading.
Improving Treatment of Rectal and Colon Cancer with Hyperthermia
Hyperthermia is a type of cancer therapy that can make cancer cells more susceptible to other treatments such as chemotherapy. During hyperthermia treatments, the cells that make up the tumor are gently heated using ultrasound energy. This disrupts the cell membranes, which makes the cancer cells more vulnerable to treatment and increases blood flow in the treated region.
The heat generated by hyperthermia causes the targeted cells to produce specialized proteins called heat shock proteins (HSPs). These are produced under highly stressful conditions. HSPs alert and activate the immune system, which identifies damaged proteins and triggers the initiation of apoptosis (cell death).
- Promotes DNA repair, offering healing on a cellular level
- Breaks down cellular proteins within cancer cells
- Prevents cancer cell building block production
- Improves the body’s immune system
If you are suffering from liver cancer and would like to learn more about the life changing benefits that hyperthermia can provide contact us to schedule an appointment and find out more about hyperthermia treatment options. You can also learn more using hyperthermia in conjunction with your current treatment plan for other types of cancer.
Our entire team at The Hyperthermia Cancer Institute is dedicated to providing personalized high-quality oncology treatments. We give our patients the exceptional professional medical care they need.