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How is primary liver cancer diagnosed?

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Typically, your doctor starts with a physical exam to check for lumps or anything else that seems unusual. You’ll also talk about your health history. Your doctor may then do:

  • Blood tests to look for signs of cancer
  • Imaging scans to look for tumors
  • A biopsy, where cells or tissues are removed to see if they’re cancerous

From: What is Primary Liver Cancer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: NIH, National Cancer Institute: “Adult Primary Liver Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) -- Patient Version.”

American Cancer Society: “What Is Cancer?” “What Is Liver Cancer?” “Liver Cancer Risk Factors,” “Tests for Liver Cancer,” “Liver Cancer Treatment,” “Tumor Ablation for Liver Cancer,” “Embolization Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Liver Cancer.”

Cancer Research UK: “Liver Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Liver Cancer,” “Hemochromatosis,” “Wilson’s disease.”

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Liver Cancer Facts.”

American Liver Foundation: “Liver Cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Liver Cancer -- Cancer Institute Overview.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 18, 2016

SOURCES: NIH, National Cancer Institute: “Adult Primary Liver Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) -- Patient Version.”

American Cancer Society: “What Is Cancer?” “What Is Liver Cancer?” “Liver Cancer Risk Factors,” “Tests for Liver Cancer,” “Liver Cancer Treatment,” “Tumor Ablation for Liver Cancer,” “Embolization Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Targeted Therapy for Liver Cancer,” “Chemotherapy for Liver Cancer.”

Cancer Research UK: “Liver Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Liver Cancer,” “Hemochromatosis,” “Wilson’s disease.”

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Liver Cancer Facts.”

American Liver Foundation: “Liver Cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Liver Cancer -- Cancer Institute Overview.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 18, 2016

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