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Is hepatoma (primary liver cancer) a particularly dangerous cancer?

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Dr. Francis Cannizzo
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Hepatocellular carcinoma is the 5th leading cancer worldwide. Risk factors are cirrhosis and/or hepatitis. Commonly asymptomatic, hcc is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage. Most patients are beyond cure at diagnosis. Many patients have poor liver function and cannot tolerate aggressive treatment. Survival rate can be >50% at 5 yrs for surgical candidates but is 1 year or less in most patients.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Hepatoma's dangerous: Best opportunity for cure is small tumor isolated to a resctable segment. While there are new agents, these are not highly responsive to chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

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