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When it comes to primary liver cancers, there are two types patients should be aware of: hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma.  Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the more common of the two and it is typically (though not always) caused by either long-term alcohol abuse and Hepatitis C.

HCC Dangers

The biggest risk posed by HCC is the fact that it often develops without any symptoms until its later stages, which can make it difficult for patients to access some treatments during their most effective window for combatting cancer. Therefore, treatment options tend to vary depending upon what stage the cancer is in when it is discovered. They include:

  • Surgery, in which a portion is cut away

Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), in which small beams of precise radiotherapy are delivered to the tumor

  • Radiofrequency ablation, in which microwaves are used to kill the tumor
  • Chemotherapy

Cholangiocarcinoma Dangers

The second form of primary liver cancer is a fast-moving form called cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer. It grows from the liver’s bile ducts, and while it is rare, it is aggressive. As your Anchorage cancer center, we are ready to fight this cancer with treatments like:

  • Liver resection
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), in which small beams of precise radiotherapy are delivered to the tumor
  • Chemotherapy

Anchorage Liver Cancer Treatment

Alaska Cyberknife Center is dedicated to pursuing the best course of treatment for all patients.. The sooner patients seek out treatment, the more options there are available, which is why our doctors are ready to move fast. When you have a confirmed liver cancer diagnosis, you need help from experienced doctors and medical professionals who can provide you with the highest level of care. If you have questions about your diagnosis, or if you want to make an appointment for an initial consultation, contact us.

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