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Liver Cancer Santa Monica, CA

Early detection of liver cancer holds the most promise for treatment for this chronic condition. Unfortunately, it is not usually discovered until later. Doctors determine the best treatment options by identifying how far the cancer has advanced. The system used categorizes liver cancers in this way:

  • Potentially resectable or transplantable – this is a stage at which a patient may be eligible for a liver transplant or the cancer may not be very advanced, and surgery may remove all the cancer. Some stage 2 tumors also fit into this category.
  • Unresectable – At this stage, safe removal of the tumor is unlikely, or it is in a part of the liver that makes it difficult to remove. A liver that has several tumors or cancer throughout the liver is also in this category.
  • Inoperable with only local disease – In these situations, the patient isn’t healthy enough for an operation, but the cancers are small enough and in the right place for removal. Alternative treatment options are considered.
  • Advanced liver cancer – At this stage, the cancer has spread to lymph nodes or other organs and cannot be treated with surgery. Some treatments may help slow the spread of the disease and controlling the growth of the cancer.

Even though early diagnosis is difficult, the earlier liver cancer is detected, the better the options for treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of Liver Cancer

Liver cancer shares signs and symptoms with other conditions and is difficult to diagnose, especially in the early stages. However, if you have any of these symptoms, it is best to get examined to identify the cause:

  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Feeling full after a small meal
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • An enlarged liver (a full feeling under ribs on the right side)
  • An enlarged spleen (full feeling under ribs on the left side)
  • Pain in the abdomen or near the right shoulder blade
  • Itching
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes

Abnormal bleeding or bruising, fever and enlarged veins on the belly are additional symptoms of liver cancer.

Any decline in your normal state of health should be checked out by your doctor. Contact Dr. Michael if you have health concerns or are experiencing any of the symptoms listed.

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

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Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

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