Hepatocellular Carcinoma Research Paper

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Adult Primary Hepatocellular Carcinoma • 2 Introduction Hepatocellular carcinoma is a tumor that is relatively uncommon in the United States; however, it is the most common cancer in some other parts of the world. Hepatocellular carcinoma is potentially curable by surgical resection, but surgery is the treatment of choice for only the small fraction of patients with localized disease. (a) Prognosis depends on the degree of local tumor replacement and the extent of liver function impairment. Therapy other than surgical resection is best administered as part of a clinical trial. Such trials evaluate the efficacy of systemic or infusional chemotherapy, hepatic artery ligation or embolization, and radiolabeled antibodies, often in conjunction…show more content…
gov/cancertopics. experience, you don't usually go to the doctor until it is probably too late for any type of surgical procedure to remove the tumor/s. By this time either the pain has increased so significantly you are rushed by squad and the only means is palliative. Of course you go through all the tests such as liver function, complete blood counts, ultrasounds, many, many ultrasounds. Then there will be a biopsy to determine between a primary and a cancer that has spread from another organ. Chemotherapy may result in tumor shrinkage, but does not prolong survival. There are many investigational drugs, but you have to fit into a very tight fit of criteria to receive these drugs. While you are waiting, your liver is not functioning at full capacity due to the tumor taking up space. It pushes against the arteries in the liver. In which causes the bile to accumulate in your stomach. You then go weekly at first, outpatient, whereas a needle is placed in the abdomen with a tube connecting to a large type mayonnaise jar that by the same means that blood is drawn, the fluid is drawn out. Usually it starts out one to two jars and can go as high as nine or ten that I have seen. By time you have to do this two to

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