Diagnosing Liver Cancer

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Liver cancer is a malignancy originating in liver cells. Early diagnosis is vital as it allows for timely treatment initiation, potentially improving patient outcomes. Detecting liver cancer promptly enables access to curative treatments and personalized care plans, reducing the disease burden and enhancing overall management. Regular screening in high-risk populations is crucial for early detection and intervention.

Tests and procedures used to diagnose liver cancer include:

  • Blood tests. Blood tests may reveal liver function abnormalities.
  • Imaging tests. Your doctor may recommend imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, CT and MRI.
  • Removing a sample of liver tissue for testing. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove a piece of liver tissue for laboratory testing in order to make a definitive diagnosis of liver cancer.

    During a liver biopsy, your doctor inserts a thin needle through your skin and into your liver to obtain a tissue sample. In the lab, doctors examine the tissue under a microscope to look for cancer cells. Liver biopsy carries a risk of bleeding, bruising and infection.

Determining the extent of the liver cancer

Once liver cancer is diagnosed, your doctor will work to determine the extent (stage) of the cancer. Staging tests help determine the size and location of cancer and whether it has spread. Imaging tests used to stage liver cancer include CTsMRIs and bone scans.

There are different methods of staging liver cancer. For example, one method uses Roman numerals I through IV, and another uses letters A through D. Your doctor uses your cancer’s stage to determine your treatment options and your prognosis.

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