Liver cancer

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(Malignant Hepatoma; Hepatocellular Carcinoma; Primary Liver Cancer)

Liver cancer – Definition

The liver is located in the right side of the abdomen. It stores and metabolizes nutrients, and filters and stores blood. Liver cancer is the growth of cancer cells in the liver.

Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide without control or order. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably, a mass of tissue forms. This is called a growth or tumor. The term cancer refers to malignant tumors. They can invade nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body.

Liver Cancer Due to Cirrhosis

Jaundice

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(Yellowing of Skin)

Jaundice – Definition

Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the skin, mucus membranes (tissue including that which lines the mouth), and whites of the eyes.

Jaundice – Causes

Jaundice occurs when excess bilirubin builds up in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow-brown colored substance in bile. Bile is a liquid that carries waste products (including bilirubin) away from the liver. It also helps break down fats in the small intestine. It is formed during the body’s normal process of breaking down red blood cells.

Liver, Gallbladder, and Bile duct

Hepatitis B

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Hepatitis B – Definition

Hepatitis B is a liver disease. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus. Most hepatitis B infections clear up within 1-2 months without treatment. When the infection lasts more than six months, it can develop into chronic hepatitis B, which can lead to:

  • Chronic inflammation of the liver
  • Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver failure
  • Death