Cancer is the result of when cells in the body grow out of control. Nearly any part of the body can contract cancer, to which it can manifest to other parts of the body. For cancers in the liver and pancreas, there are several options you can consider.
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What are the types of liver cancer?
- Benign liver tumors can occasionally grow large enough to be a danger, but they tend to not spread to other parts of the body.
- Primary liver cancer starts in the liver. There are several different types of primary liver cancer that include hepatocellular cancer (beginning as a single tumor and growing or as many cancer nodules), bile duct cancer (cancer that starts in the bile duct), angiosarcoma/hemangiosarcoma (rare forms of cancer that start in the lining of the liver’s blood vessels), and hepatoblastoma (a rare form of cancer usually found in children younger than 4 years old).
- Secondary liver cancer (metastatic liver cancer) is when cancer is present in the liver, but it originated from another part of the body.
What are some signs and symptoms of liver cancer?
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Weight loss
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Abdominal pain
- Feeling very full, even after eating very little
What surgical options can treat liver cancer?
There are two surgical approaches that can treat liver cancer: partial hepatectomy and liver transplant. A partial hepatectomy is the removal of the portions of the liver that are affected by the cancer. This approach is best for removing single tumors. A liver transplant is optimal in scenarios in which there are several tumors that may be in more difficult locations to be removed or if the liver is too ill for the patient to only remove portions of it. With a liver transplant, the chances of the cancer returning are greatly reduced. To find out which approach may be best for you, consult with Dr. Steljes today.
What are the types of pancreatic cancer?
- Exocrine cancers are the most common types of pancreatic cancers. They can start in the ducts of the pancreas (pancreatic adenocarcinoma), or where the bile duct and pancreatic duct meet (ampullary cancer).
- Pancreatic endocrine tumors are uncommon and can either be cancerous or noncancerous.
- Benign and precancerous growths in the pancreas may start out as noncancerous, but may become malignant over time if they aren’t removed.
What are some signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer?
- Yellow of the eyes and skin
- Dark urine
- Light-colored excrement
- Back pain
- Abdominal pain
- Unplanned weight loss and little or no appetite
- Significantly increased or decreased blood sugar levels
What surgical options can treat pancreatic cancer?
There are two surgical approaches to treat pancreatic cancer: potentially curative surgery and palliative surgery. Potentially curative surgery is best for when examination results suggest that the cancer can be removed in its entirety. Palliative surgery is an optimal option for when examination suggests that the cancer has spread to greatly to be removed. The purpose of palliative surgery is to alleviate symptoms and to prevent future complications such as an obstructed intestine or bile duct.
If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of liver or pancreatic cancer, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment right away so Dr. Steljes and her medical team can help you determine your best course of action.