October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month and for those who have been diagnosed or have loved ones facing a diagnosis, it’s important to understand the disease and gather information on treatment options.
Characterized by symptoms like abdominal pain, anemia and weight loss, most primary malignant liver cancers are classified as hepatocellular carcinoma, or hepatomas. Treatment options can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or stereotactic radiosurgery depending on the size and location of the tumor.
Austin CyberKnife treats liver cancer with stereotactic radiosurgery using CyberKnife® technology. The procedure delivers high-dose radiation beams with sub-millimeter accuracy to liver tumors, reducing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. To learn more about the treatment process, visit our conditions treated page.
The Desert Southwest Division of the American Liver Foundation offers local support to communities in Texas with programs like the Liver Walks and educational conferences.
Take time this month to meet with your doctor or learn more about liver cancer. For a list suggested questions to ask at your next appointment, click here.