Liver cancer: From diagnosis to personalized treatment
A well-functioning liver is of vital importance. Its varied functions include supplying the brain with glucose, filtering toxins out of the blood, producing proteins, and much more. Learn about interesting facts, diagnosis, and therapy options.
Facts & figures
A healthy liver is able to perform its normal functions effectively, for example aiding digestion and breaking down harmful drugs and poisons. Continuous inflammation of the liver can lead to fibrosis – a formation of scar tissue within the liver. And extensive scarring can block the flow of blood through the liver and cause liver function to deteriorate over time. This is called cirrhosis and may eventually lead to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
Several types of cancer can form in the liver. The most common type of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which begins in the main type of liver cell (hepatocyte). Other types of liver cancer, such as intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and hepatoblastoma, are much less common.
A silent killer
Liver disease can be diagnosed in various ways. As the scar tissue accumulates, the liver loses some of its elasticity and becomes stiffer. An elastography or ELF test can help diagnose and monitor liver disease or damage.
Early detection is invaluable, […]. That’s the single biggest thing a patient can do. If you’re aware of it early, you can take action early and hopefully stop the progression.
Tony Villiotti, liver cancer survivor, Founder of NASH kNOWledge
Imaging modalities for liver monitoring
Super selective and comprehensive chemoembolization
We should never forget about the quality of life of our patients."
Bernhard Meyer, MD, Head of Interventional Radiology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany
Digital twin: Modeling the human liver
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Chloé Audigier, Senior AI Research Scientist at Siemens Healthineers
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