As you know, my Patient Scrubs® business brings me in contact with many people who have terminal illnesses. Cancer is one disease that takes the lives of so many people. I’ve blogged before about being a breast cancer survivor. Today, I want to talk about liver cancer.
The largest organ in the human body is the liver. It’s responsible for filtering and processing chemicals in food, alcohol and medications. Your liver produces bile that aids in digestion and eliminates waste products.
Many liver cancers are related to the hepatitis B or C viruses. Bile duct cancer is another extremely aggressive cancer that affects the liver. In the early stages, few symptoms are evident. Yet, early intervention is important for treatment. If you experience any of the symptoms below, talk to your doctor immediately.
- Pain on the right side of your abdomen
- Easy bruising and/or bleeding
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Unintentional weight loss
While many liver cancers are outside of your control, you can take some preventative measures. Here are some ways that you can avoid weakening your liver.
- Avoid heavy alcohol use
- Maintain a healthy weight to reduce the risk of diabetes
- Get Hepatitis B vaccine
- Request Hepatitis C testing and seek treatment if positive
Doctors usually recommend chemotherapy and surgery for treatable liver cancers. Unfortunately, some cancers are too advanced for treatment upon diagnosis. At that point, palliative care may be the best option to keep the patient comfortable. Here at Patient Scrubs®, we are often involved on both sides. Our garments maintain modesty for all types of treatments. Plus, they offer ease of dressing for patients confined to bed.
One of my good friends has a beloved family member in the end stages of liver cancer. Right now, she concentrates on palliative care to make each day the best that it can be. Difficult decisions make for rough days. It’s important for caregivers to have a network of friends, family and support to keep it going. Thank goodness, she has many people to call on for support.
Reach out to the Patient Scrubs® lady if you have a loved one going through cancer. I’m happy to talk about the use of our garments and how they have helped many cancer patients. My one wish upon a star is that you can make each day the best it can be!