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.
Reno 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 Northern California/Nevada Division of the American Liver Foundation offers support to local communities with programs like the Love Your Liver Program, Liver Matters Education and youth education.
Take time this month to meet with your doctor or learn more about liver cancer. For a list of suggested questions to ask at your next appointment, click here.