Fibrolamellar cancer: symptoms & diagnosis
What are the symptoms of fibrolamellar cancer?
Many people with early fibrolamellar cancer have no signs or symptoms of the condition. When symptoms are present, they are often non-specific and blamed on other conditions.
Signs and symptoms of fibrolamellar cancer may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- A mass that can be felt on a physical examinations.
How is fibrolamellar cancer diagnosed?
For most patients, a diagnosis is made following an ultrasound, CT scan and/or MRI of the abdomen. The imaging will often reveal a large liver mass. The diagnosis of fibrolamellar cancer is then confirmed by a biopsy or following surgery to remove the mass.
Treatment for fibrolamellar cancer
Fibrolamellar cancer is most commonly treated by surgical resection. This can be considered even if there is evidence that the disease has spread beyond the liver. The liver has the capacity to regrow after surgery and liver function should be preserved after surgery.
In rare circumstances, a liver transplant may also be considered.
If surgery can’t be performed, drug treatment may also be considered. There is no standard drug treatment but chemotherapy is most frequently used. Clinical trials may be offered to explore new treatments and provide better evidence for treatment of fibrolamellar cancer.
You can read more about other possible treatments for fibrolamellar cancer in our fibrolamellar cancer factsheet.
Please visit the support section of our website for information on Support groups in your area.
Call our helpline or visit our online forum.Visit