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.
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.Find a Doctor
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.Find a Doctor
Diagnosing cancer of the liver includes blood tests, imaging, and biopsy.
Treating liver cancer depends on the state of the cancer and may include:
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.Find a Doctor
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.
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.