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Liver Care in Arizona

Concerned about liver disease?

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Your safety is our first priority.

Your liver helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. But it can become diseased due to viruses (such as hepatitis), or because of drugs, poisons or too much alcohol (fatty liver disease and cirrhosis).

In Arizona, liver cancer affects more than 700 adults each year. In the US, more than 39,000 people are diagnosed each year. At Dignity Health Arizona, we treat all liver disease including cancer. Find out more by scheduling an appointment with our liver experts.

Diagnosing & Treating Liver Disease

Causes & Risk Factors

  • Latino men & women, ages 40 – 45
  • Heavy alcohol & intravenous drug use
  • Tattoos or body piercings
  • Blood transfusion before 1992
  • Exposure to other people's blood and body fluids
  • Exposure to certain chemicals or toxins
  • Diabetes

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Diagnosis & Treatment

Finding the cause and extent of liver damage is important in guiding treatment. Diagnostic tests may include blood and imaging tests, and tissue analysis.

Treatment depends on diagnosis. Some liver problems can be treated with lifestyle modifications, such as stopping alcohol use or losing weight. Other liver problems may be treated with medications or may require surgery.

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Symptoms & Prevention

Symptoms of liver disease can vary, but they often include swelling of the abdomen and legs, bruising easily, changes in the color of your stool and urine, and yellowing of the skin and eyes. Sometimes there are no symptoms.

Preventing liver disease can include stopping heavy alcohol and drug use, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.

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Diagnosing & Treating Liver Cancer

Causes & Risk Factors

  • Men, ages 60 or older
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Chronic hepatitis B or C infection
  • Liver cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
  • Obesity & diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes

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Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosing cancer of the liver includes blood tests, imaging, and biopsy.

Treating liver cancer depends on the state of the cancer and may include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Tumor ablation & embolization

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Symptoms & Prevention

Early in the disease, there are rarely symptoms. However, they can include appetite changes, belly swelling, unintended weight loss & yellow skin.

It may be possible to prevent liver cancer by controlling risk factors like avoiding & treating hepatitis, limiting alcohol use, maintain a healthy weight, & stopping smoking.

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Liver Disease Treatment in Arizona

At Dignity Health Arizona, our hospitals are staffed with experts in diagnosing and treating diseases of the liver, from cirrhosis to liver cancer. We also treat bile duct and gallbladder cancer.

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Chandler Regional Medical Center

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Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

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Liver Experts in Arizona

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Receive advanced, personal care for diseases of the liver at Dignity Health. Our trusted doctors and staff will be with you every step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment. We take a collaborative approach to your treatment and use the latest advancements to provide you with exceptional care.