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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is cirrhosis of the liver cancer?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
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.
Dr. Umut Sarpel
Surgery 21 years experience
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.
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
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...
Sep 16, 2013

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is a difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

6 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
See below: Cirrhosis is the replacement of normal tissues in the liver with scar tissue. This affects the functioning of the liver. Liver cancer is when cells in the liver begin growing out of control creating a tumor or mass.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What's the chance of getting liver cancer when you have cirrhosis?

5 doctor answers26 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: It depends on what caused the cirrhosis but all patients with a severely damaged liver are at increased risk to develop liver cancer- roughly 2% chance per year.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Male gender, older age, obesity, alcohol and tobacco consumption, and diabetes are factors associated with an increased risk of liver cancer.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

If you have cirrhosis of the liver does that increase your risk of liver cancer?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: Cirrhosis is one of the most common causes of liver cancer.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Multiple: The most common causes of liver cancer are cirrhosis and hepatitis b. Cirrhosis can be caused by any type of hepatitis (alcoholic, infectious, autoimmune, iron storage diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver, e tc).
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A 28-year-old female asked:

How can liver cirrhosis and liver cancer be differenciated???

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
Usually: Primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC) can usually be seen on modern ct scan, or PET-ct scan. It is usually seen as a separate mass within a nodular, shrunken liver if cirrhosis is present. Definitive diagnosis is usually made with a biopsy of the tissue, often done by an interventional radiologist. No scan however is perfect. Hope this helps.
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