Healing Options for Liver Cancer

“Liver cancer, also known as hepatic cancer, is a cancer which starts in the liver, rather than migrating to the liver from another organ or section of the body. In other words, it is a primary liver cancer.
Cancers that originate elsewhere and eventually reach the liver are known as liver metastasis or secondary liver cancers, and are most commonly from cancer of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (colon cancer), lung cancer, renal cancer (cancer of the kidney), ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.
The liver, which is located below the right lung and under the ribcage is one of the largest organs of the human body. It is divided into the right and left lobes. Nutrient-rich blood is carried by the portal vein from the intestines to the liver, while oxygen-rich blood reaches the liver from the hepatic artery.
All vertebrates (animals with a spinal column) have a liver, as do some other animals. The liver has a range of functions, including detoxification (getting rid of toxins), synthesizing proteins, breaking down fats, and producing biochemicals that are essential for digestion. We cannot survive without a liver.” [1]

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Keywords: Liver Cancer Coding, Liver Cancer Yoga, Liver Cancer Uropathy, Liver Cancer Fasting, Liver Cancer Homeopathy, Liver Cancer Acupuncture, Liver Cancer Ayurveda,

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Conventional Treatment (7.3/10)

ICD-9-CM Code Assignment

“Primary liver cancer is classified to ICD-9-CM code 155.0. Secondary liver cancer, also called metastasis to the liver, is classified to code 197.7. If liver cancer is documented with no further specification stating primary or secondary, assign code 155.2. It is appropriate to query the physician for clarification if the cancer is not specified as primary or metastatic. Benign neoplasm of the liver is assigned to code 211.5.”

Signs and Symptoms

“Common signs and symptoms that may appear in a patient with liver cancer are a loss of appetite, weight loss, right upper quadrant abdominal pain (which may extend into the back and right shoulder blade), bleeding or bruising that occurs easily, nausea and vomiting, general weakness and fatigue, an enlarged liver, ascites, or jaundice.”

Diagnosis

“Most types of liver cancer are not diagnosed early since symptoms do not appear in the early stages and because liver cancers can grow quickly. If liver cancer is suspected, the physician may perform one or more diagnostic tests, including abdominal ultrasound, an abdominal CT scan, CT angiography, an MRI, a liver scan, liver enzyme testing (liver function tests), serum alpha fetoprotein testing, or a liver biopsy.” [2]

Potentially resectable or transplantable liver cancers (stage I and some stage II tumors)

“Potentially resectable: If your cancer is early stage and the rest of your liver is healthy, surgery (partial hepatectomy) may cure you. Only a small number of people with liver cancer are in this category. An important factor affecting outcome is the size of the tumor(s) and if nearby blood vessels are affected. Larger tumors or those that invade blood vessels are more likely to come back in the liver or spread elsewhere after surgery. The function of the rest of the liver and your general health are also important. For some people with early-stage liver cancer, a liver transplant could be another option.” [3]

“Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignancies leading to high mortality rates in the general population and the sixth most common cancer worldwide. HCC is characterized by deregulation of multiple genes and signalling pathways.“ [4]

Yoga (7/10)

1. Padangusthasana (Forward Fold, Or Hand To Toe Pose)

“Not only does this posture help to calm the brain and nervous system since your head receives a plethora of blood flow, it also stretches the hamstrings and relieves lower back pain. It aids with digestive ailments, and can improve prostate function, too. The best part, though, is that because the body is essentially folded over itself, the liver gets a little massage, which helps to get old, stagnant blood moving through its musculature.“ [5]

2. Ardha Matsyendrasana:

“This is a pose that is also known as the King of the Fish Pose. It is known to be highly beneficial for the liver. It helps in putting pressure on the liver, which in turn strengthens and stimulates the liver that is damaged by fibrosis, apoptosis, inflammation and stress.

This asana is performed by sitting cross-legged and crossing your left foot over the right one.

Your knees should be raised above the surface and pointing upwards.”

“Move your right hand over your left leg and hold your left foot.   – Next, press your left leg gently against your abdomen, turning your head to the right side at the same time.”

3. Dhanurasana:

“This is also known as the Bow Pose. This is an asana that works wonders for people who suffer from fatty liver disease. It stimulates, strengthens and stretches the liver, and the fat deposits in it are used up as an energy source for the body.

This is not a difficult to pose. Firstly, lie on your stomach and raise your legs and torso at the same time.

Next, hold your feet with your hands, making your body look like a bow with your arms acting as the bow strings.

You should remain in this pose for as long as you can.

Return to your resting position and repeat the exercise as many times as you can.” [6]

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Uropathy (6.8/10)

“Urine is not a dirty and toxic substance rejected by the body. Urine is a by-product of blood filtration, not waste filtration. Medically it is referred to as “plasma ultrafiltrate”. It is a purified derivative of the blood itself, made by the kidneys–whose principal function is not excretion but regulation of all the elements and their concentrations in the blood. Urine can be compared to leftovers from a meal, and this metaphor may help us understand why our bodies excrete elements that are valuable to our health and well-being.“ [7]

“Liver cancer is not the only type of cancer (or for that matter, disease) reportedly healed with urine therapy (compare Urine therapy as a cancer cure: testimonials – a survey of healing reports in the uropathy literature). Applicable both topically, by ingestion and enema and even in homeopathic preparation, urotherapy clearly can be (and frequently has been) “the body’s own best medicine” and has thus earned its rightful place in Healing Cancer Naturally’s “Greatest Hits” listing.” [8]

Fasting (5.3/10)

“In previous studies, we reported that fasting/refeeding has a role in sustaining the initiation of liver cancer by a subnecrogenic (noninitiating) dose of diethylnitrosamine (DENA). This research investigated whether the metabolic alterations imposed by fasting/refeeding provide an imbalance between the generation of carcinogenic molecules and the scavenger defense mechanisms in rat liver. Metabolism of DENA, levels of reduced glutathione (GSH) and GSH transferase (GST) activity, as well as basal and stimulated malondialdehyde (MDA) production, were examined. Rats fasted for 4 days showed a decrease in the liver levels of GSH, GST activity, monounsaturated fatty acids and % of labeled nuclei. After 1 day of refeeding, at which point DENA was administered, the levels of GSH recovered, GST activity remained below control values, basal and stimulated MDA production and content of total polyunsaturated fatty acids in liver phospholipids decreased. One day after DENA treatment, MDA production further decreased, although the % of labeled nuclei increased. No significant changes in the content of arachidonic acid, the main target of peroxidation, were observed at any time. The results indicated that the induction of the hepatocellular carcinoma was associated with a depression of GST activity and lipid peroxidation when rats were given 20 mg/kg of DENA after 1 day of refeeding after 4-day fasting.” [9]

“When the body is not directing its energy towards digestion, it uses that extra power to clean our internal abode. When fasting (whether it is just water or liquids), the body starts to use stored fat as a source of energy. In the beginning, it will rid itself of diseased tissues, excess nutrients, and accumulated wastes and toxins. This process creates an environment for the body to begin healing by repairing and regenerating different areas of the body, including the digestive and immune system.” [10]

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Homeopathy (3.7/10)

“Liver cancer treatment with homeopathy – Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat liver cancer but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned; several well-proved medicines are available for treatment of liver cancer symptoms that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies are given below for liver cancer treatment:

Nux vomica, Phosphorous, Natrum Sulph, Taraxacum, Silicea, Arsenic Album, Lycopodium, Chelidonium, Lachesis, Bryonia etc.” [11]

“Treatment of liver Cancer: – Treatments for primary liver cancer depends upon the stage of the disease as well as age and overall health of individual. Treatment includes:”

“Partial Hepatectomy: -Partial Hepatectomy is nothing but the removal of small portion of Liver. It is a surgery to remove the liver cancer and a small portion of healthy tissue that surrounds it if the tumor is small and liver function is good.”

“Liver transplant surgery: – During liver transplant surgery, the diseased liver is removed and replaced with a healthy liver from a donor. Liver transplant surgery may be an option for certain people with early-stage liver cancer.”

“Injecting alcohol into the tumor: – During alcohol injection, pure alcohol is injected directly into tumors, either through the skin or during an operation. Alcohol causes the tumor cells to die.” [12]

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Acupuncture (3.3/10)

“In another study, scientists in China treated sixty patients who had cancer of the liver from metastasis with several different points. Here are some acupressure points and their location in the body:”

ST 36 (Stomach 36, called the Three Mile Point)

“To locate this point, find the bottom of your kneecap first and use it as a marker. Place your hand underneath your knee and point your fingers horizontally. Count four fingers down. The point is located in a depression on the fibula. Hold the point for between one and five minutes.”

SP 6 (Spleen 6, called the Three Yin Intersection)

“This is an important acupressure point at the intersection of the kidney, liver and spleen meridians. SP 6 is used as an important acupressure point for many diseases.

Here’s how to find the SP 6: find your anklebone (medial malleolus) on the inside of your foot. Then follow the tibia bone up with your fingers, three finger widths up from the medial malleolus.”

PC 6 (also known as the Neiguan spot)

“The Chinese believe that this point modulates the autonomic nervous system. It’s a good point for anxiety and heart pain. This point is located in the center of the forearm close to the wrist, two finger widths above the wrist crease between the tendons in that area.”

ST 37 (Stomach 37, called the Upper Great Hollow)

“Touch the point where your tibia connects to your femur in the joint space, on the side of the small lower leg bone called the fibula. Once you’ve found this point, measure six finger widths down. The point is in the center of the leg on the shinbone. This point is used in targeting abdominal pain, bloating and distention.”

LI 4 (Large Intestine 4, called Joining Valley)

“This point is located on the back of the hand, between the first and second metacarpal bones. It lies in the middle of the second metacarpal bone, on the thumb side.

This acupressure point helps liver cancer in that it alleviates constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, body aches and pains, strengthen immunity and expel gas.“ [13]

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Ayurveda (3.3/10)

“Ayurvedic medicines are often considered effective for treating chronic and lifestyle-related diseases only and have not been thoroughly evaluated for treating acute or terminal illnesses. A prospective evaluation of Ayurvedic intervention was proposed for a patient who had metastatic liver disease with abnormal liver functions. The reason given for this was that no other conventional therapies were feasible in this case, and the family and caregivers were not willing to opt for any other intervention.” [14]

Recent research

2014 Korean Liver Cancer Study Group-National Cancer Center Korea Practice Guideline for the Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

The guideline for the management of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was first developed in 2003 and revised in 2009 by the Korean Liver Cancer Study Group and the National Cancer Center, Korea. Since then, many studies on HCC have been carried out in Korea and other countries. In particular, a substantial body of knowledge has been accumulated on diagnosis, staging, and treatment specific to Asian characteristics, especially Koreans, prompting the proposal of new strategies. Accordingly, the new guideline presented herein was developed on the basis of recent evidence and expert opinions. The primary targets of this guideline are patients with suspicious or newly diagnosed HCC. This guideline provides recommendations for the initial treatment of patients with newly diagnosed HCC.[15]

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