• By Laurel Kelly

Living With Cancer: Understanding hepatocellular carcinoma

March 1, 2019

a medical illustration of a normal liver, a cirrhotic liver, and one with end-stage cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinomaHepatocellular carcinoma 
Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common type of primary liver cancer. It occurs most often in people with chronic liver diseases, such as cirrhosis caused by hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection. Treatment depends on the size and location of the cancer, how well your liver is functioning and your overall health. Find out about the treatment options for hepatocellular carcinoma and what your health care provider may recommend for you.

Video: 'Weight Loss After Breast Cancer' 
Research shows that a majority of breast cancers are fueled by estrogen, and estrogen is synthesized in fat. For this reason, Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a Mayo Clinic general internal medicine physician and past director of the Mayo Clinic Breast Diagnostic Clinic, recommends all her patients maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Hear the story of Teresa Narveson, a breast cancer survivor who made some lifestyle changes that helped her lose weight, feel better and reduce her risk of the cancer coming back.

Get ready for possible side effects of chemotherapy 
Chemotherapy works by killing rapidly dividing cancer cells. As it wipes out cancer cells, though, chemotherapy also can destroy fast-growing healthy cells. This may cause you to experience side effects, including fatigue, diarrhea, hair loss and mouth sores. It's important to ask questions and work with your health care team to prepare for chemotherapy so that you know what side effects to expect and how to manage them. Here's some information you may find helpful as you prepare for chemotherapy.