Liver cancer is a type of cancer that originates in the liver, which is responsible for filtering toxins from the blood. It can be classified as primary, developing on the liver itself; or secondary, in which cancer that originates from another part of the body has metastasised or spread to the liver. There are many things that can cause liver cancer, from alcohol abuse to health conditions such as hepatitis B or C. Liver cancer is also one of the most common reasons why an individual may need to undergo liver surgery in Singapore.
The liver is considered one of the largest organs in the body with a size similar to a football. It is situated in the upper right area of the abdomen, below the ribs and above the stomach. Filtering blood, producing bile that aids in digesting vitamins, fats, and other nutrients, and regulating blood levels of amino acids are some of the bodily functions that the liver performs.
The following can increase one’s likelihood of developing liver cancer:
Upon graduating from the University of Leicester and completing his basic surgical training in the United Kingdom, Dr Wong went on to complete advanced training in Singapore before embarking on his HMDP clinical fellowship in Japan—specializing in living donor liver transplantation.
Prior to establishing his own practice, Dr Wong was previously a consultant with the Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary & Transplant Surgery at SGH, an adjunct assistant professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and a visiting consultant at the National Cancer Centre Singapore.Read more