Liver cancer is different from many other cancers as it develops in a liver that is already diseased. The primary causes of liver disease that can lead to liver cancer include alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Prolonged liver damage from these conditions can lead to cirrhosis, a condition where scar tissue replaces a large part of the liver. If left untreated in the early stages, these conditions can result in liver cancer and liver failure.
What are some symptoms of liver cancer?
Dr. Arvinder Singh Soin, Chairman, Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine, Medanta, Gurugram explains the main symptoms of liver cancer:
Feeling generally ill or experiencing flu-like symptoms
Pale skin and eyes, jaundice (yellow and itchy skin, dark urine and pale stools, loss of appetite, or weight loss