Although liver cancer is considered a rare form of cancer, Michael Buble’s 3-year-old son Noah was diagnosed with the serious illness earlier this month. And while the entire Buble clan is ‘devastated’ by the heartbreaking diagnosis, they’re also confident Noah will be a survivor. Find out more about his disease here, including treatment options.
Michael Buble, 41, and his Argentinian wife Luisana‘s, 29, oldest son Noah, 3, received a liver cancer diagnosis on Nov. 1, according to Gente, an Argentinian magazine. Days later, on Nov. 4, the couple announced the tragic news to their fans via Facebook, revealing they were “devastated,” but at the same time hopeful.
“Cancer is a horrible illness but we have faith in Noah being able to overcome this,” Luisana’s elder sister Daniela told the magazine on Nov. 8. and Michael’s dear friend and producer, David Foster, 67, agrees. “He’s in good shape,” he told ET Canada on Nov. 10.
“He’s got good doctors around him. We will hope and pray for a good outcome, which I believe that they will have.” But even still, any type of life-threatening diagnosis is terrifying — especially when given to such a young child. Find out more about liver cancer below and how it can treated.
1. There are different types of liver cancer.
Also known as hepatic cancer, liver cancer is a cancer that starts in the liver, rather than migrating to the liver from another organ or section of the body, according to cancer.org. In other words, it’s called primary liver cancer, which is what little Noah has. Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common type of liver cancer, however, there’s also bile duct liver cancer among other forms.
2. There are various risk factors for liver cancer.
Risk factors for liver cancer include: gender (it’s more common in males than females), obesity, race/ethnicity (in the U.S., Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have the highest rates of liver cancer, followed by American Indians/Alaska Natives and Hispanics/Latinos), various diseases, heavy alcohol use, and tobacco use. Experts say that common causes of liver cancer are regular high alcohol consumption, having unprotected sex, and injecting drugs with shared needles.
3. Liver cancer can be treated in a variety of ways.
Depending on the stage of the cancer and the health of the patient, treatment options may include: surgery (partial hepatectomy or liver transplant), tumor ablation, tumor embolization, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, or chemotherapy. Noah is reportedly undergoing chemotherapy with the possibility of surgery down the road.
4. Liver cancer is considered rare.
Liver cancer only effects around 30 people per every 100,000, and there are fewer than 200,000 cases every year in the U.S.
5. Signs and symptoms of liver cancer tend not to be felt or noticed until the cancer is well advanced.
Symptoms are uncommon in the early stages of liver cancer. Later, symptoms may include weight loss, belly pain, vomiting, and yellowed skin, fever, general itching, and/or fatigue. Noah’s liver cancer was discovered after his mom took him to the hospital with a high fever. At first she believed he had the mumps, but after several tests, a tumor was found on his liver.
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