Donate to Liver Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education
Liver cancer develops when cells begin to grow uncontrollably and form tumors. The liver performs critical functions that include removing and filtering toxins from the blood, regulating the kidneys and producing proteins and blood clotting cells, as well as aiding in digestion and regulation of the body’s immune system. While men are more prone to developing liver cancer, women are also at risk. Among the factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing liver cancer are: race, ethnicity, exposure to hepatitis, cirrhosis, heavy alcohol and tobacco use, obesity and diabetes. More than 700,000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer each year, and, more than 600,000 people die from the disease each year.
By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of liver cancer-related research and care at Northwestern Medicine, you will help our dedicated physicians and scientists to advance basic science research and clinical trials, and to enhance treatment approaches for people affected by liver cancer.
To reduce the risk of developing liver cancer, a person can take a variety of steps, such as limiting alcohol and tobacco use, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and well limiting exposure to certain chemicals and infections. Among the concerning symptoms that might indicate liver cancer are the following:
- Loss of appetite and weight
- Nausea, vomiting and abdominal swelling
- Enlarged liver and spleen
- Itching and yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Fevers, frequent bruising and severe bleeding from minor blemishes
While each of these symptoms alone does not necessarily indicate liver disease or liver cancer, a person who is experiencing one or more of these symptoms should consult his or her physician for a full medical evaluation. At Northwestern Medicine, our hepatologists, oncologists and other specialists are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating liver cancer. In order to determine if a patient has the disease, our physicians likely will order imaging tests to determine the presence and, potentially, the scope of cancer, lab tests and, if necessary biopsies of any identified lesions or tumors. If a patient is diagnosed with liver cancer, our team will work closely with him or her to develop a comprehensive, individualized treatment program.
Depending on the stage of liver cancer, whether it has metastasized and the age and health of the patient, a variety of treatment options may be available. These options may include surgery, tumor ablation, embolization therapy, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy. Because the side effects of some liver cancer treatments can be extreme, pain management and palliative care are essential components of the comprehensive care offered at Northwestern Medicine.
Liver Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to accelerate discovery, and you will facilitate important progress, in the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of liver cancer. Your support of liver cancer-related research and care at Northwestern Medicine will bring exceptional patient care, hope and improved quality of life to many patients and their loved ones.