Abdominal pain is generally the initial and most frequent symptom of liver cancer. While the pain my be severe in some instances, the pain is more likely to be a persistent dull ache, which intensifies in later stages. Weakness and weight loss are also common symptoms of liver cancer. Liver cancer is sometimes called a "silent disease" because in its early stages it often does not cause symptoms. But, as the tumor grows, liver cancer symptoms may include: Pain in the upper abdomen on the right side; nausea and vomiting; swollen abdomen (bloating); weight loss; loss of appetite and feelings of fullness; fatigue and weakness; yellow skin and eyes, and dark urine from jaundice; and lastly fever. Please note that a number of medical conditions can cause these symptoms, they are not exclusive to liver cancer. 
Liver Cancer Symptom And Natural Treatment Tips
Liver cancer cause
  • In the western world, most people who develop liver cancer usually also have a condition called cirrhosis of the liver. This is a fine scarring throughout the liver which is due to a variety of causes including infection and heavy alcohol drinking over a long period of time. However, only a small proportion of people who have cirrhosis of the liver develop primary liver cancer. 
  • Infection with either the hepatitis B or hepatitis C virus can lead to liver cancer, and can also be the cause of cirrhosis. 
  • Steroid abuse, smoking, and exposure to toxins are additional causes of liver cancer.
  • People who have a rare condition called haemochromatosis, which causes excess deposits of iron in the body, have a higher chance of developing liver cancer. 
  • In Africa and Asia a poison called aflatoxin, found in moldy peanuts and grain, is an important cause of liver cancer. 
  • High blood levels of the pesticide DDT are associated with an elevated risk of liver cancer.
  • Prevention
  • The most effective way to reduce the worldwide burden of liver cancer is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Some scientists believe that vaccinations and improved treatments for hepatitis could prevent about half of liver cancer cases worldwide. Researchers are studying ways to prevent or treat hepatitis infections before they cause liver cancers. Research into developing a vaccine to prevent hepatitis C is ongoing. Progress is also being made in treating chronic hepatitis.
Screening
Several new blood tests are being studied to see if they can pick up liver cancer earlier than using AFP and ultrasound. One that is promising is called.
Surgery
Newer techniques are being developed to make both partial hepatectomy and liver transplants safer and more effective.
Laparoscopic surgery
In laparoscopic surgery, several small incisions are made in the abdomen, and special long, thin surgical instruments are inserted to view and cut out the diseased portion of the liver. It does not require a large incision in the abdomen, which means there is less blood loss, less pain after surgery, and a quicker recovery.
At this time, laparoscopic surgery is still considered experimental for liver cancer. It is being studied mainly in patients with small tumors in certain parts of the liver that can be easily reached through the laparoscope.
Determining recurrence risk after surgery
After a partial hepatectomy, one of the biggest concerns is that the cancer might come back (recur). Knowing someone's risk for recurrence after surgery might give doctors a better idea of how best to follow up with them, and may someday help determine who needs additional treatment to lower this risk.
Researchers may have found a way to do this by testing the cells in the surgery sample. In a recent study, they looked at the pattern of genes in liver cells near the tumor (not the tumor cells themselves) and were able to predict which patients were at higher risk for recurrence. This is an early finding that will need to be confirmed in other studies before it is widely used.
Liver transplant
Only a small portion of patients with liver cancer may be candidates for a liver transplant at this time because of the strict criteria they need to meet (based mainly on the size and number of tumors). Some doctors are now looking to see if these criteria can be expanded, so that people who are otherwise healthy but have slightly larger tumors might also be eligible.
A major problem for patients needing a transplant is the lack of an available liver. Even for people who are eligible, there can be a long wait before a liver becomes available. Doctors are looking at using other treatments, such as ablation, to help keep the cancer in check until a new liver is available.
Radiation therapy
The main problem with using radiation therapy against liver cancer is that it also damages healthy liver tissue. Researchers are now working on ways to focus radiation therapy more narrowly on the cancer, sparing the nearby normal liver tissue. One approach being studied is called brachytherapy. In this treatment, catheters (thin tubes) are placed in the tumor and then pellets that give off radiation are put into the catheters for a short time. After the treatment, both the pellets and the catheters are removed. This allows radiation to be targeted to the cancer with less harm to the normal liver.

Chemotherapy
New forms of systemic and regional chemotherapy combined with other treatments are being tested in clinical trials. A small number of tumors respond to chemotherapy, although it has not yet been shown to prolong survival.
Chemotherapy drugs, such as oxaliplatin, capecitabine, gemcitabine, and docetaxel, are being tested against liver cancer in clinical trials. Oxaliplatin has shown promising results in early studies when given in combination with doxorubicin and also when given with gemcitabine and the targeted therapy drug cetuximab.
If you’d like more information on a drug used in your treatment or a specific drug mentioned in this section, see our Guide to Cancer Drugs , or call us with the names of the medicines you’re taking.
What if treatment for liver cancer is no longer working?
  • No matter what you decide to do, it is important that you feel as good as you can. Make sure you are asking for and getting treatment for any symptoms you might have, such as nausea or pain. This type of treatment is called palliative care.

  • How does having liver cancer affect your emotional health?
  • During and after treatment, you may find yourself overcome with many different emotions. This happens to a lot of people.
  • The cancer journey can feel very lonely. It is not necessary or good for you to try to deal with everything on your own. And your friends and family may feel shut out if you do not include them.
Tips On Fighting Liver Cancer
 Eliminate sugar. 
If a cancerous tumor is a deadly "fire" in your body, then the sugar in your diet is like gasoline. Cancer cells feed on simple sugars, but there's more to the story than that. Sugar causes the body to release growth-promoting hormones as well as insulin when the blood sugar level spikes. Since simple sugars are bad (and found in sweets like soda, candy or other juice drinks) doesn't that mean there are good sugars, too?
Yes! complex sugars, also known as complex carbohydrates, are needed for survival as well since they contain essential vitamins, minerals, proteins and fibers. Stick to fruit, vegetables and grains for cancer-fighting diets.
Reduce Sodium Intake:
Many liver cancer patients have pre-existing cirrhosis of the liver as well, which is a scarring of the tissues that cause many more complications.
One of the worst symptoms is Ascites and/or Edema. Ascites is the swelling of the abdomen, and heavy fluid-retention, whereas Edema is the swelling of the feet, ankles and legs, and is generally pitted. These conditions should be treated with diuretics, however, consuming excess sodium in your diet will reduce the effectiveness of the diuretics and can cause further or prolonged swelling, which is very dangerous. Prolonged swelling can lead to strokes, heart attacks and rupturing of veins.
Stop Drinking:
If your cirrhosis and subsequent liver cancer was brought on by alcoholism, then this may be very difficult. However, great discipline and strength of mind is needed within all liver cancer fighters. If the liver is impaired or compromised in terms of it's efficiency, then adding alcohol to the body will only further exacerbate the problem. As the liver weakens, it becomes unable to process and rid itself of alcohol. These toxins will be recycled into the bloodstream, where they can only cause further damage as opposed to being filtered and excreted in an otherwise healthy body.

Tips for liver detox
Our resident naturopath Mim Beim shares her best liver cleansing advice.
Herbal bitters
Bitter medicines are beloved by herbalists. The bitter taste stimulates digestive processes, including the liver's production of bile. Bile, part digestive juice, part waste product, is made by the liver and excreted via the bowel.  Herbal bitters are also known as Swedish Bitters..
Brussels sprouts
The brassica family including cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, contain glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are sulphur containing (hence the boarding school corridor smell) compounds that protect the liver from damage and improve its ability to eliminate toxins and excess hormones.
Crab apple
The Bach Flower, Crab Apple, is for people who feel ashamed of their physical appearance, and may themselves feel toxic. Although Bachs are mostly recommended for emotional purposes, Crab Apple, fits the bill nicely to be used for dexox purposes.
Water
Drinking sufficient fluids such as water, tea and herbal tea, improves the flow of nutrients to, and waste products from, the liver. Not drinking enough may increase the risk of gallstones, which is when bile becomes too concentrated in the gall bladder.
Zinc
Zinc is important in many enzyme reactions throughout the body. In particular, zinc is needed by the liver enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase, to break down alcohol into less toxic substances. If you drink, you need zinc.
Dandelion Root
A long history of healing ailing livers. Dandelion root coffee is black and bitter, making it an excellent coffee alternative if you are keen on improving liver health.
Methionine
An essential amino acid, methionine is vital for several detoxification processes performed by the liver. It also forms part of a compound known as glutathione, which is an antioxidant, protecting liver and other cells from damage.
Awesome Foods for Naturally Detoxing Your Liver

There are several herbs and foods that can help keep your liver detoxified. Here are 4 of them:
Milk Thistle
Silymarin, a substance within milk thistle, works to increase protein synthesis very important to liver health and much more. Studies have indicated milk thistle is a viable treatment for liver diseases, bile duct inflammation, and damage due to alcoholism. It may also be effective at protecting the body from pollutants in the air and food supply.
Turmeric
A wonder herb, turmeric is able to assist the enzymes responsible for flushing carcinogens and other toxins present in our food. As Anthony Gucciardi reports in his article “4 Natural Liver Cleansing Foods‘, it is able to protect against liver cancer and even regenerate cells damaged by liver disease.
Licorice Root
Used for centuries in folk medicine, licorice root is a valuable tool in total body detoxification. Containing something known as glycyrrehntinic acid, licorice root works to neutralize strong chemical reactions in the liver and protect the organ overall. Taken as a tea, tablet, or extract, licorice root offers many liver-health benefits.
Dandelion
Perhaps the easiest liver-detoxification herb to find, dandelion roots and leaves have many valuable medicinal properties. Dandelion leaves can be used in salads and are a natural diuretic, which is good for the liver. The roots can be made into a tea. Check out this article to see other awesome dandelion benefits.
Liver health is total body health. By caring for your liver naturally, you can increase your immune function and your digestive health as well. These herbs, along with a diet rich in natural plant foods, are a perfect start to natural liver health. And if you want to take things a step further, you can also take a liver-cleansing supplement to hasten the cleansing process.
The role of Coffee
It is possible that those who drink coffee could lower their risk.
Amla or Gooseberry
The Indian gooseberry or amla is known as one of the richest sources of vitamin C. What is less well-known is its ability to keep the liver functioning at optimal levels. This herb has been used extensively in Ayurveda for treatment of a sluggish liver; now researchers are finding in laboratory studies that extracts from amla have liver-protective function. However, there is no clear indication of whether it is useful to treat hepatitis B infection. Amla is one of the important components in Chyawanpraash that has immunity boosting, digestive and liver-protective action. The best way to consume it is raw as small pieces in your salad or by making a raitha with grated amla and curd. Here are amazing health benefits of amla.
Jethimad or Licorice
People with non- alcoholic fatty liver disease show increased levels of the transaminase enzymes called ALT and AST. Studies have found that the use of licorice (Jethimad or Mulhati in Hindi) extracts led to reduced concentrations of these enzymes indicating that licorice has beneficial effects on the liver. Although licorice is more well-known for its sweet taste and anti-ulcer action, it has been used in Ayurvedic remedies to cure liver ailments. Licorice is available at stores selling Indian medicinal herbs; get the root, powder it at home and make a tea by pouring boiling water into the powder, steeping for a few minutes and then straining the liquid.
Amrith or Guduchi
Yet another herb that Ayurveda considers to have rejuvenating properties, Amrith is commonly grown in many kitchen gardens. It is said to have the ability to clear toxins from the liver as well as strengthen its functioning; more importantly, it does not cause any significant complications even on using long-term. However, Ayurvedic physicians warn that using this herb can precipitate a liver crisis if the patient has a large amount of toxins in the liver; therefore, it is best to use this only under an Ayurvedic practitioner’s guidance. 
Haldi or Turmeric
Full of valuable antioxidants, turmeric is an important herb that improves liver health. No wonder then that people in Asian countries use it so extensively in their cooking. Now, it is being recognized even in western countries for its liver-protective value. Some studies have also found that the antiviral action of turmeric is effective in preventing the multiplication of the viruses causing hepatitis B and C. The easiest way to take turmeric is to include it in your cooking; you can also make it a practice to drink a little turmeric-flavoured milk on a regular basis to get its benefits. Here are more health benefits of turmeric.
Flaxseeds
Certain receptor sites normally bind hormones and keep them circulating in the blood. This puts a strain on the liver which has to filter out these excess hormones. Studies have found that the phytoconstituents in flaxseeds have the capacity to bind with such receptor sites and this prevents hormonal binding, and this means less work for the liver. Just sprinkling a few crushed or whole flaxseeds on your toast, salad or cereals can help you make use of their liver-protective effect. Read more health benefits of flaxseeds.
Vegetables
Certain vegetables contain ingredients that help the liver secrete greater concentrations of important enzymes; in turn, these enzymes help to excrete potential carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) from the body. Beet, cabbage, carrot, broccoli, onion and garlic are important vegetables with such an action. Broccoli, onion and garlic are believed to provide sulfur to the body; this helps in the detoxification reactions the liver carries out and prevents damage to the liver. Read more about foods that can keep your liver healthy.

 Natural Home Remedies for Hepatitis
When your liver gets inflammed, you suffer from hepatitis. While the causes of the different types of hepatitis (A, B, C and so on) differ from each other but they all lead to inflammation of liver cells. Viral hepatitis are caused by virus attacks. The most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C from among which hepatitis A is the least threatening one. When you feel the symptoms of hepatitis such as loss of appetite, heaviness on the right side of your abdomen, tiredness, itching, pale and grayish stool and even jaundice, you should immediately apply some home remedies. Consulting your physician in a day or two when you are not able to control the disease is a wise thing to do so as to save your liver as well as yourself
Carom Cumin Seed Remedy for Hepatitis
Get this:
• Carom seeds- 1 tsp
• Cumin seeds- 1tsp
• Rock salt- a pinch of it
Do this:
• Dry roast carom seeds and cumin seeds
• Ground the two roasted seeds to get their powder.
• Mix them well and add a pinch of rock salt to this. Mix well again.
• Have this spice mix twice a day. You can have them in powdered form swallow them with water.
Licorice Honey Remedy for Hepatitis
Get this:
• Licorice powder- 1 tbsp
• Honey- 2 tsp
Do this:
• Add the licorice powder with honey.
• Mix well and have it.
• Have this daily till you get rid of hepatitis.
Garlic Remedy for Hepatitis
Garlic is a superfood that not only purifies your blood but also eliminates toxic wastes from your body.
Do this:
• Take 1-2 garlic cloves, peel them and chew them on an empty stomach in the morning daily.
• Include crushed garlic in your dishes daily.
 Natural Home Remedies for Liver Cirrhosis

Papaya Seeds- Lemon Juice Remedy for Cirrhosis
Get this:
• Crushed papaya seeds- 1 tbsp
• Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
Do this:
• Place the crushed papaya seeds into a sieve and extract its juice.
• Add lemon juice with juice of crushed papaya seeds.
• Mix well and drink it.
• Have this twice a day for one month.
Buttermilk Remedy for Cirrhosis
Get this:
• Buttermilk- 1 glass
• Cumin seeds powder- 1 tsp
Do this:
• Add cumin seeds powder with buttermilk
• Mix well and drink it.
• Have this spiced buttermilk daily.
Lemon-Salt Remedy for Cirrhosis
Get this:
• Plain water- 1 glass
• Lemon- half lemon
• Salt- 1 tsp
Do this:
• Add the juice of half lemon in water.
• Add the salt to this.
• Mix well.
• Have this salty lemon juice thrice a day.
Carrot-Spinach Remedy for Cirrhosis
Get this:
• 1 carrot
• Few leaves of spinach
Do this:
• Wash the carrot well and chop it.
• Soak the spinach in water for few minutes. Take out the leaves and discard water. Repeat for one more time. This ensures you discard all the soil and dust in the leaves.
• Now grind both carrot and spinach leaves and take out their juice.
• Drink this carrot spinach juice daily.
Milk Thistle Remedy for Cirrhosis
Milk thistle herb is not only good for cirrhosis but for overall health of liver. It can not only cure but even restore the lost vigor of your liver. Make milk thistle tea as a liver tonic.
Get this:
• Milk thistle seeds- 2 tsp
• hot water- 1 cup
• Mortar and pestle
Do this:
• Crush the milk thistle seeds with the help of mortar and pestle.
• Place the crushed seeds in a cup.
• Pour hot water over it.
• Let steep for 30 minutes.
• Drink this milk thistle tea daily.
• One cup a day is good for liver.
However, don’t forget that healthy diet along with regular exercise is a key to a healthy liver devoid of any disease! Remember all the remedies given here ultimately work to make your liver healthy and disease free no matter at what stage your liver diseases are! Then also, it is recommended to take expert medical help along with these home remedies if a liver disease is diagnosed. After all, we cannot be casual with as important an body organ as liver!
 Tips Improve Liver And Liver Enlargement
The liver is the largest single gland in the body. It is located on the right side of the abdomen under the lower ribs and just under the diaphragm which divides the chest from the abdomen. Liver performs a number of vital functions in the body. When the liver is healthy it works very smoothly. But the liver can be affected by a number of serious disorders, such as virus infections, parasites, and disturbances of the circulation, stone formation in the bile ducts, injuries due to poisonous substances, and various kinds of tumors. 
Tips To Improve Liver: 
Starting with lemon juice drinking! I’ve written articles containing the benefits of lemon juice in the past and I’ll mention it again. Lemon juice helps detoxify your liver rapidly and goes beyond that by helping your digestive tract. 
Use Neem. 
Also renowned as Azhadirachta Indica, it has cleansing properties and can reduce toxicity levels in your liver and bloodstream. It can also reduce excessive bile secretions. On of the excellent things about herbal liver remedies is that they don’t just help that organ stay healthy. They prevent loads of other symptoms and diseases that result because of the poor health of this organ. 

Causes of Liver Problem 
The Mayo Clinic define the liver as “an organ about the size of a football that sits just under your rib cage on the accurate side of your abdomen.” 
The liver is like a filter: it helps digest food by filtering out terrible chemicals and matter from the food we eat. 
It is a vital part of our digestive system, and one of the most vital organs in our body. 
But, the liver is also prone to hurt. There are many causes of hurt to liver, from chemical to disease. 
Symptoms of Liver Problem 
Feel tired and uninhibited when you wake up 2. Energy levels fluctuate throughout the day, with your tiredness becoming worse around mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon 3. Difficulty losing weight 4. Normal headaches 5. Terrible breath, digestive problems, bloating, gas, dyspepsia 6. Allergies and intolerances to foods that are deterioration as time goes on 7. Reactions to many chemicals counting cleaning products, gas, paint, perfumes, bleaches, etc. 

Tips for liver detox
Our resident naturopath Mim Beim shares her best liver cleansing advice.
Herbal bitters
Bitter medicines are beloved by herbalists. The bitter taste stimulates digestive processes, including the liver's production of bile. Bile, part digestive juice, part waste product, is made by the liver and excreted via the bowel.  Herbal bitters are also known as Swedish Bitters.
Lemon juice
The juice of half a lemon in hot water first thing in the morning is a time-honoured way to start the day, and is an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of lemons triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system. Very helpful for those who suffer from sluggish bowels.
Brussels sprouts
The brassica family including cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, contain glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are sulphur containing (hence the boarding school corridor smell) compounds that protect the liver from damage and improve its ability to eliminate toxins and excess hormones.
The Bach Flower, Crab Apple, is for people who feel ashamed of their physical appearance, and may themselves feel toxic. Although Bachs are mostly recommended for emotional purposes, Crab Apple, fits the bill nicely to be used for dexox purposes.
Awesome Foods for Naturally Detoxing Your Liver
milk thistle detox Awesome Foods for Naturally Detoxing Your Liver Detoxification is one of the main purposes of your liver. It’s the body’s filtering system, working to filter the blood after it exits the digestive system and before it moves on to the rest of the body. It removes potentially harmful chemicals from the body and metabolizes drugs. When your liver is out of whack, your whole body can suffer. An occasional liver detox can do wonders for your total body health. In addition, a diet regularly supplemented with liver-cleansing herbs and foods can keep everything working smoothly in the between-times.
There are several herbs and foods that can help keep your liver detoxified. Here are 4 of them:
Milk Thistle
Silymarin, a substance within milk thistle, works to increase protein synthesis very important to liver health and much more. Studies have indicated milk thistle is a viable treatment for liver diseases, bile duct inflammation, and damage due to alcoholism. It may also be effective at protecting the body from pollutants in the air and food supply.
Turmeric
A wonder herb, turmeric is able to assist the enzymes responsible for flushing carcinogens and other toxins present in our food. As Anthony Gucciardi reports in his article “4 Natural Liver Cleansing Foods‘, it is able to protect against liver cancer and even regenerate cells damaged by liver disease.
Licorice Root
Used for centuries in folk medicine, licorice root is a valuable tool in total body detoxification. Containing something known as glycyrrehntinic acid, licorice root works to neutralize strong chemical reactions in the liver and protect the organ overall. Taken as a tea, tablet, or extract, licorice root offers many liver-health benefits.
Dandelion
Perhaps the easiest liver-detoxification herb to find, dandelion roots and leaves have many valuable medicinal properties. Dandelion leaves can be used in salads and are a natural diuretic, which is good for the liver. The roots can be made into a tea. Check out this article to see other awesome dandelion benefits.
Liver health is total body health. By caring for your liver naturally, you can increase your immune function and your digestive health as well. These herbs, along with a diet rich in natural plant foods, are a perfect start to natural liver health. And if you want to take things a step further, you can also take a liver-cleansing supplement to hasten the cleansing process.

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