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Liver cancer is a common type of cancer we frequently see among 9/11 responders and survivors. Turley Hansen has represented many liver cancer clients before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

As the body’s largest internal organ, the liver is responsible for many vital functions in your body. It breaks down and stores your body’s nutrients as well as helps with the removal of waste. The liver also makes a fluid called bile, which aids digestion and also makes proteins that control bleeding from cuts or wounds.

Although each year as many as 16,000 to 20,000 Americans are diagnosed with primary liver cancer, (where the cancer begins in the liver itself), it’s more common to develop liver cancer that has spread or metastasizes from somewhere else.

Liver cancer tends to occur in people 60 to 70 years of age and is more common in men.  Liver cancer is growing as more Americans have common health conditions that affect the liver and increase the risk for cancer like chronic hepatitis C.

There are several types of liver cancer, and each is different in the way it develops and changes over time, as well as how it should be treated. In creating a cancer treatment plan, important factors to consider include the stage (extent) of the cancer and the health of the rest of your liver.  You will also want to take into account any possible cancer treatment side effects, your overall health and the chances of curing, extending life or relieving symptoms.

Research studies accepted by the federal government show that liver cancer can be caused by exposure to dust, fumes and other toxic contaminants in lower Manhattan in the months after 9/11.

Should you have questions about medical care or an a medical award for liver cancer from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-353-4907.