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is cirrhosis of the liver cancer?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No it is not: Cirrhosis is not cancer.It is caused by chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by scar tissue and regenerative nodules leading to loss of liver function. You are at risk to develop liver cancer if you have liver cirrhosis.
Answered on May 2, 2019
Dr. Umut Sarpel
19 years experience Surgical Oncology
No, but raises risk: Cirrhosis describes the scarring that occurs when the liver has been damaged by hepatitis or alcohol use. Cirrhosis is not cancer, but it is a strong risk factor for the development of liver cancer. In fact, any person with cirrhosis should undergo regular screening to detect the development of cancer. Guidelines recommend a liver ultrasound every 6 months in patients with cirrhosis.
Answered on Apr 17, 2019
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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience Gastroenterology
The above is often supplemented by a blood test called AFP. BUT - this must be interpreted by someone who understands that negative screening tests are not perfect...
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