Slide Shows

Module 1: Understanding Liver Cancer

Understanding Liver Cancer
Liver cancer is cancer that starts in the liver cells. It is called primary liver cancer or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This slide show provides an overview of liver cancer including the different types, risk factors, symptoms, prevention, outlook, and more. If you or someone you love has liver cancer, understanding the disease is the first step in your journey to treatment. It's important to stay informed, get support, and work closely with your doctor and medical team. The outlook will depend on many factors, including the stage and type of liver cancer and your overall health, including liver function. In general, earlier detection means a better outlook, including a higher chance of curative treatment. Talk with your healthcare team to understand your treatment options and what you can expect. If there's anything you don't understand, ask for further explanation.
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Module 2: Screening and Diagnosing Liver Cancer

Screening and Diagnosing Liver Cancer
This slide show will help you understand screening and diagnosis of liver cancer. The goal of liver cancer screening is to find liver cancer early in people who are at risk when treatment is more likely to achieve a cure. Click through to learn about risk factors for developing liver cancer, how liver cancer screening is conducted, symptoms to be aware of, and the tests used to diagnose liver cancer, including imaging tests, liver function tests, biopsy, and staging. Staging refers to how large the cancer is and whether it has spread outside the liver. Your doctor will use your combined test results to determine the cancer stage. Since liver cancer does not always cause symptoms, it's important to know if you are at risk and need regular screenings. Talk with your doctor about your risk for liver cancer.
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Module 3: Treating and Managing Liver Cancer

Treating and Managing Liver Cancer
This slide show provides an overview of the treatment and management of primary liver cancer or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Your liver cancer treatment will depend on the cancer's size, location, and whether it has spread outside the liver. The best treatment also depends on the health of your liver, your general health, and personal preference. Your liver is indispensable to your body, and this makes treating liver cancer complex. Your treatment will probably involve multiple specialists. Click through to learn about treatments including surgery (hepatectomy, or liver resection), liver transplant, ablation, radiation, embolization (including chemoembolization or radioembolization), targeted therapy, immunotherapy, palliative care, and clinical trials. No matter how your liver cancer is treated, it's important to play an active part in making decisions. Sharing your goals for health and quality of life will increase your confidence during treatment. New drugs and treatments are constantly improving the outlook for liver cancer, so don't hesitate to ask questions.
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This educational activity has been developed by Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association in collaboration with Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca, Eisai, Exelixis, Merck, and Genentech.

Thank you to the funders of You And Liver Cancer. All content is developed independently by Blue Faery and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., in collaboration with an Expert Faculty group; funders are allowed no influence on the content of You And Liver Cancer: An Animated Patient® Guide to Liver Cancer.

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