Liver cancer difficult to diagnose early: Experts | Hyderabad News
âUntreated hepatitis B and C are the most common causes of liver cancer and are rarely detected at an early stage. If caught early, surgery can be done, while at an advanced stage a transplant can be done, âsaid Dr K Sreekanth, surgical oncologist, Yashoda Hospitals.
Although these days are also detected in younger people, liver cancer is common in those 50 and older. âNowadays, we see more and more patients with cirrhosis related to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) (metabolic syndrome – diabetes, obesity and fatty liver). Most of them come to an advanced stage and in such cases, palliative treatment to prolong survival for 1 to 2 years is the only option. If they happen early, a liver transplant can be done, âsaid Dr Sachin Daga, senior consultant in liver surgery and transplant specialist, Medicover Hospitals. Patients with hepatitis B or C should have regular ultrasound screening of the abdomen and alpha fetoprotein once a year.
Symptoms of liver cancer can be nonspecific, making diagnosis difficult. âSeveral factors can increase the risk of liver cancer. The most common risk factor is a long-standing infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV). Other risk factors could be age, cirrhosis of the liver, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity and type 2 diabetes, âsaid Dr Palanki Satya Dattatreya, of Renova Hospitals.