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Located in your upper abdomen, your liver has many jobs, including turning food into energy and filtering toxins from your body. Your liver makes bile, a compound that helps with digestion. When liver damage is caused by chemicals (such as those in some breast cancer medicines), it's called hepatotoxicity. Liver damage is serious but treatable.
Signs of liver problems may include:
swelling or pain in the abdomen
a yellow tint in the eyes or skin (jaundice)
swollen legs, feet, or ankles
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms of liver problems.
Some treatments for breast cancer can affect how your liver functions:
tamoxifen, a hormonal therapy
Some pain and anti-inflammatory medications may cause liver problems if taken for too long or if taken with alcohol. These medications include acetaminophen (a brand name: Tylenol), aspirin, naproxen (a brand name: Naprosyn), and Relafen (chemical name: nabumetone), as wel...
Definition A liver biopsy is a test that takes a sample of tissue from the liver for examination. Alternative Names Biopsy - liver; Percutaneous biopsy How the test is performed The test is usually done in the hospital. Before the test is done, you may be given a medicine to prevent pain or to calm you (sedative). If the biopsy is done through the abdominal wall, you will be lying on your back with your right hand under your head. It is important to be as still as possible. The health care provider will determine the correct spot for the biopsy needle to be inserted into the liver. The skin will be cleansed, and a small needle will be used to to inject medicine to numb the area. A small cut is made, and the biopsy needle is inserted. Ultrasound is usually used to guide the needle.You will be told to hold your breath while the biopsy is taken. This is to reduce the chance of puncturing the lung or tearing the liver. The needle is removed quickly. Pressure will be applied to stop the bleeding....
According to a new study published in t he medical journal, Rheumatology , taking two teaspoons (10g) of cod liver oil a day reduced the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) by as much as 30%. NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, have been around for decades and are commonly used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis to provide arthritis pain relief. However, long-term NSAID use has long been associated with gastrointestinal problems and other side effects. Cod liver oil contains omega-3 fatty acids , whose anti-inflammatory properties have been talked about a lot in recent press and new diet programs. Several studies in the past few years have indicated that the omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish and other foods help fight inflammation. Cod liver oil is also high in vitamins A and D. In this small study, 97 patients who took NSAIDs to treat arthritis were analyzed for 9 months. The patients were divided about in half into a group takin...
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