Understand Your Liver Cancer Diagnosis and What’s Happening to Your Body!

Liver cancer diagnosis

Tests to identify both primary and secondary liver cancers include:

  • Blood tests.

Blood tests can examine your blood clotting capacity, liver function, the presence of hepatitis B or C, genetic issues, and specific substances known as tumor markers.

  • Ultrasound.

Ultrasound is the most often used tool for detecting primary liver cancer. It creates images of the liver and can identify the amount and location of diseased tissue in your liver.

  • CT scan.

CT scans create three-dimensional images of many organs simultaneously and can help surgeons in planning procedures. It can also detect the spread of the disease.

  • MRI.

An MRI scan can show the amount of a tumor and if it has affected the major blood vessels around the liver by creating comprehensive cross-sectional images of the body.

  • PET-CT scan.

PET-CT scans generate three-dimensional, colored pictures that indicate the location of any tumors in the body and are more frequently employed for secondary tumors in the liver.

  • Biopsy.

A biopsy is the removal of a small sample of tissue for microscopic analysis.

A biopsy can be performed using either fine needle aspiration, which uses local anesthesia and a small needle to extract the cells, or laparoscopy, which is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia and enables the physician to view the liver and adjacent organs as well as collect tissue samples.

  • Other tests.

If you have secondary liver cancer, you might need further testing to determine where the primary cancer developed if this was not previously known.