Liver, gall bladder, bile duct & pancreatic tumor surgeries can be performed by conventional open method or by laparoscopy. Laparoscopic or Keyhole cancer surgery has several advantages over conventional open surgery with same cure rate. Only surgery is curative in these tumors and cancers. Additional therapies (chemotherapy & radiotherapy) are mostly supportive. But, many patients and their relatives try to avoid surgery for the fear of the immense trauma for their loved ones, resulting in patient getting wrong or less effective treatment. With laparoscopy the trauma is much less and makes the treatment more acceptable. The Team MACS precisely addresses all these issues and works relentlessly for a better life.
The early cancer of liver and gall bladder notoriously do not produce any symptoms. They are most curable when they are detected before causing symptoms. Most of the early and treatable cancers are detected during routine ultrasound scans or scans done for other reasons. However, when symptoms start, most common symptom of tumor of liver & gall bladder are:
- Unexpected weight loss& loss of apatitecould be one of the earliest symptoms. This occurs because of changes in digestion.
- Vague pain in the upper part of abdomen could be the only symptom of liver cancer.
- Jaundiceis when eyes turn yellow. This occures very late in liver and gall bladder cancers. However, it occures early in case of cancers of common bile duct and pancreas.
The diagnosis is reached based on investigations which include various blood tests including liver functions tests and imaging tests like CT scan and MRI scan. If the investigations shows a cancer far too progressed for a curative procedure, then only a needle biopsy is planned.