U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Gulf Breeze, Florida
A 30-year-old female asked:

Husbnd has stg 4 cirrosis liver cncer, i know the cirrosis is stage 4 but confused about how severe (what stage) liver cancer is?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Hard to say: Typical staging of cirrhosis is by a, b, c and not numbers. There might be another scale that they are using. Liver cancer is associated with cirrhosis. Stages are 1-4. I think that the best way to know is to clarify with the GI doctors to get a clear idea.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 25 years experience
Cirrhosis/cancer: fibrosis is scarring, stages on scale of 0-4 or 0-6. at the last stage, it's called cirrhosis - no letters or numbers. people with cirrhosis are at risk for cancer. liver cancer is staged by TNM and indeed can be assigned I-IV - yet in real life no one uses that staging as the underlying liver function and tumor size is much more important in terms of outcome. We use Barcelona staging for that.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Dec 26, 2016


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.