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My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4?

My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4?

Cirrhosis vs cancer: cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. people with cirrhosis are at risk for liver cancer. it is certainly possible that he has both, though we wouldn't use 'stage 4' for liver cancer but woudl instead say that someone has metastasis. did he have a biopsy? the 'stage 4' is much more likley to refer to degree of scarring, meaning cirrhosis. if he has no liver cancer now, he needs to be screened > ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What is primary biliary cirrhosis (liver) like?

What is primary biliary cirrhosis (liver) like?

It's variable.: Depends on how long you have had it. Usually without symptoms early in the disesae. May be associated with itching, hypythyroidism, fatigue, osteoporosis and dry eyes. Can progress to cirrhosis over time. If you have pbc, you should talk with your doctor about what stage your disease is. ...Read more

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My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4? Im confused, please clarify.

Ask his Doctor: If you are confused, there's little sense in you becoming more confused now. That is because there is a lot more about your husband's case which his doctor would know about, than we could from only the information available here. I am sure you are very concerned and upset about your husband and if he has cirrhosis, there are likely other issues as well. I am very sorry about your husband. ...Read more

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When before I have cirrhosis/ liver cancer from hepatitis c?

When before I have cirrhosis/ liver cancer from hepatitis c?

Unknown : Cirrhosis and cancer may never develop after hepatitis c - you need to see a GI doc and be monitored for progression of liver disease - there are treatments that can help in prevention as well. ...Read more

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How much time before I have cirrhosis/ liver cancer from hepatitis c?

How much time before I have cirrhosis/ liver cancer from hepatitis c?

HOPEFULLY NEVER: Roughly 20 yrs for Hep C to lead to cirrhosis. And cirrhosis is just a risk factor for liver cancer, not everyone with cirrhosis develops liver cancer. Most importantly is the fact that there are treatments to help eradicate Hep C and prevent cirrhosis and cancer. Recommendation is to see a Hepatologist - liver specialist. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

Need to ask your ono: Your oncologist can help. Anemia can be caused by blood loss(which is common in patients with cirrhosis(GI blood loss due to varices). Poor blood formation is also common(Anemia of chronic disease). Blood transfusion can help the pateint. Keep Hemoglobin near 10 Grams. There is some treatment for Liver cancer that could be tried(the medicine is called Nexavar(Sorafenib) ...Read more

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What are the predisposing factors that can transform or activate the chronic hepatitis b virus to lead for cirrhosis, liver failure, hepato cancer .. ?

What are the predisposing factors that can transform or activate the chronic hepatitis b virus to lead for cirrhosis, liver failure, hepato cancer .. ?

Not clearly known: It is quite unpredictable what leads the virus to do most of the damage to the liver. So best one can do is avoid any other hepato-toxins like alcohol use . Aslo eat healthy and avoid fatty liver which accompanies over eating and execessive weight. Eat healthy which is to consume low sugared foods with ample amounts of fruits and veggies with each meal. ...Read more

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What are the stages of cirrhosis of liver?

Four stages: Initial firbosis cirrhosis final there is a good article at livestrong.Com/article/four-stages-liver-disease/. ...Read more