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A 43-year-old male asked:

Is stag 1 cirrhosis of the liver (due to alcohol) considered cancer. my meld (model for end stage liver disease) score is 9-10 according to my doctor?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Walter Klein
Pathology 22 years experience
No: Cirrhosis is not cancer. It is considered an end-stage fibrotic (scarring) process of liver following injury due to a variety of causes (alcohol, hepatitis c or b, biliary disease and a few other less common causes. It does put you at risk though of getting liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma). I am confused though by what you state: do you have stage 1 fibrosis or stage 4 (cirrhosis)?
Dr. Andres Katz
Surgery - Vascular 50 years experience
No: Liver cancer is a complication of hepatitis whether alcohol, infectious or other source. Nodular hyperplasia is a result of liver damage and difficult to differentiate from hepatocellular carcinoma. There are markers in the blood and ct/mri tests that can help. Eventually a biopsy may clarifiy the diagnosis.

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