Liver Cancer: Myths vs Facts with Dr. Ian Chik

Learn about liver cancer in this edition of our Homage Web Series, where we debunk some myths surrounding this type of cancer.

by Deborah Yaw

Liver cancer, also known as hepatic cancer and primary hepatic cancer, is cancer that starts in the liver.

In Malaysia, liver cancer is the eighth most common cause of cancer for both genders and the fifth most common cause of cancer for males. Liver cancer is a cause of premature death in Malaysia: there was an observable upward trend from 1990 to 2010.

Learn about liver cancer in this edition of our Homage Web Series, where we debunk some myths surrounding this type of cancer.

Dr. Ian Chik is a lecturer at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and a general surgeon with subspecialty in hepatobiliary specialising in liver, pancreas and biliary systems in Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM).

[00:45] Does ethnicity or genetics play a role in the probability of someone getting liver cancer? | [03:08] Is liver cancer the hardest cancer to cure? | [06:29] Is it true that a person can live life as normal with just a part of their liver? | [10:23] Any advice for Malaysians out there?

Full transcript: here

Terminology:

  • biliary system: a system of the organs and ducts that are involved in the production, storing and transportation of bile.
  • hepatitis B: liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus.
  • hepatitis C: infection caused by the hepatitis C virus.
  • fatty liver disease (FLD):  a common condition caused by the storage and buildup of excess fat in the liver.
  • liver resection: the full or partial surgical removal of the parts of the liver with tumours.
  • ablation: treatment that destroys tumours without removing them.
  • liver transplant: a surgical procedure involving the removal of a liver that no longer functions properly and replacing it by implantation of the new organ.
  • cirrhosis: a complication of liver disease that involves poor liver function and scarring of the liver.

Disclaimer: The health information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional health advice. To seek further medical advice for your medical condition, do consult your doctor, therapist or go to the nearest health institution to get assistance. This video only represents the speaker’s views on liver cancer.


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