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Liver Cancer: A Better Way to Treat this Deadly Disease

Liver Cancer is the Most Common Cancer Worldwide  

Most Americans are shocked to learn that primary liver cancer – also called hepatocellular carcinoma or HCC-is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.

And it is becoming more common here in America.  Why so?  Because a number of risk factors are on the rise, like hepatitis C, cirrhosis from alcoholism, diabetes, and obesity.

Although surgery is the first choice for patients with primary liver cancer or HCC, most patients are not surgical candidate at the end of the day.  But hope is on the way. 

The Best Way to Treat Liver Cancer 

In a breakthrough study from the University of Michigan, Dr. D.R.  Wahl and colleagues found that stereotactic radiosurgery, like that delivered by Cyber Knife, is better than radiofrequency ablation or RFA, especially for primary liver cancers that are bigger than ¾ of an inch (2 cm). Radiosurgery was the same as radiofrequency ablation for liver cancers less than 2 cm. Their study was published in the prestigious  Journal of Clinical Oncology, February 10, 2016 issue. 

With stereotactic surgery, like that delivered by Cyber Knife, primary liver cancer control was very good: 97.4% at 1 year and 83% at 2 years for primary liver cancers greater than 2 cm. 

The Cyber Knife Advantage  

Cyber Knife is real breakthrough technology.  Cyber Knife is the only radiosurgery system that continuously tracks your tumor’s motion.  And liver tumors move a lot with breathing-sometimes 2 inches or more.  So Cyber Knife can spare more normal liver because Cyber Knife is the only radiosurgery system that breaths with you. 

If you have any questions about your liver cancer or cancer that has spread to your liver, please feel free to call me, Dr. Edward Hughes, at 855-DAYTON1