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Risks and prevention
Know your risks to help prevent liver cancer
Your lifestyle and other conditions can impact your risk for liver cancer.
Talk with your doctor about your risk factors, which can include:
Drinking large amounts of alcohol
You can make changes to prevent liver cancer:
Avoid heavy alcohol consumption
Eat a healthy diet
Get a hepatitis B vaccine
Get treatment for a chronic hepatitis B infection
Maintain a healthy weight
Symptoms and diagnosis
How we diagnose liver cancer
Liver cancer includes hepatocellular carcinoma and bile duct cancer. You might experience symptoms including:
Discomfort in your upper abdomen
Easy bruising or bleeding
Hard lump on your right side, below your rib cage
Loss of appetite
Nausea or vomiting
Pain near your right shoulder blade or in your back
Pale, chunky bowel movements
Unusual tiredness or weakness
Weight loss for no known reason
There is no standard screening for liver cancer. If your risk is high enough with hepatitis B or C, regular imaging may be helpful. Your doctor may notice changes in your liver function from routine blood work. If you show signs of liver cancer, certain tests can help make a diagnosis.
Your doctor may order:
Imaging tests, such as CT or MRI scans
Liver function test
Serum marker test
Tumor marker test
Treatments and research
Advanced liver cancer treatments
Your liver cancer team provides treatment options for your specific type of cancer. Whenever possible, we perform surgery to remove tumors from the liver. In very selected cases, liver transplant is possible. If surgery or transplant is not possible, we offer care to shrink or destroy the cancer cells.
Your treatment might include:
Chemoembolization or radioembolization
Microwave or radiofrequency ablation
Improving care with research
Our liver cancer doctors study new treatments and prevention methods to improve care for you. If you are a candidate, your doctor will talk with you about taking part in a clinical trial.
To help you feel comfortable during your stay at the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center, we invite you to learn about our facility and the services we offer.
Meet our team
Cancer experts on your team
Liver cancer care locations
The specialists at the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center provide complete liver cancer care.
Patient and support services