Liver cancer care in Chesterfield County

At Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital, our gastrointestinal (GI) oncologists are experts at treating liver cancer. Our highly skilled team is with you throughout your journey, helping you through your diagnosis and ensuring you receive the best treatment options and cancer support services available.

For more information about our liver cancer care team, call (804) 320-3627.

Risk factors for liver cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, liver cancer develops about three times more often in men than in women. Other factors that can increase your risk for liver cancer include:

  • Family history of metabolic disease
  • Race
  • Chronic viral hepatitis
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Smoking

While experiencing any of the above factors does not automatically mean you will develop liver cancer, it is important to ask your doctor about your potential risk and what screening options are available.

Signs of liver cancer

Liver cancer can be difficult to detect early because symptoms tend to not appear until the cancer is in its later stages. However, the sooner you notice signs and discuss symptoms with your doctor, the better your chances for an early diagnosis.

Common liver cancer symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • A feeling of fullness under the ribs on the right side (enlarged liver)
  • Stomach pain
  • Swelling or fluid buildup in the stomach
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Itching

Liver cancer diagnosis

Your doctor may use a variety of diagnostic methods to determine whether you have liver cancer. Aside from standard tests, such as an examination of your medical history or a physical, medical imaging tests such as CT scans, MRIs and biopsies can provide your physician with important information about your health.

If liver cancer is detected, rest assured you can receive compassionate, comprehensive care right here in Richmond at our Accredited Cancer Center.

Treatment for liver cancer

Treatment for liver cancer depends on the stage of the cancer. Treatment options may include ablation, radiation therapy, surgery or a liver transplant.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Johnston-Willis Hospital is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

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