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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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The amount of liver scarring someone has depends on a number of factors like how old they were when infected, how many years they have has hcv, and how much alcohol they drank. About 20% of men who have been infected for 20 years have cirrhosis and this increases to about 40-50% by 40 years. There are blood tests that can give an indication of whether you are likely to have cirrhosis now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Many causes: The top 2 causes are viral (hepatitis C) or alcohol related,. Other causes include, metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. Please see a liver doctor who can test you for the different causes and manage your symptoms. Fatty liver disease is becoming more prevalent and can lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more
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Tell me the survival rate for people who have cirrhosis of liver, also need to have their gallbladder removed?
Variable course: The survival rate depends on a number of factors, including the cause of cirrhosis; is the cause persisting, what treatment is being administered, how compliant is the person with the treatment. Gall bladder removal is not likely to affect the course of cirrhosis. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dad age 58, he is non-alcoholic.Have mild liver cirrhosis & 40% liver working fine.any chance if balance liver will remain stable always.whats future?
Cirrhosis: This question cannot be answered without knowing the cause of your Dad's hepatic dysfunction. If the damage to his liver was due to an ongoing process it may become progressively more severe. He should be evaluated and be sure he does not have a chronic hepatitis which is treatable and potentially curable. Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more
Etoh, hepatitis, etc: Alcohol and hepatitis c are the most common causes of cirrhosis in the us. Worldwide, hepatitis b is #1 etiology. Other causes include toxins, heart failure, inflammatory autoimmune diseases, or unknown causes in about 30% of cases (idiopathic). Hepatocellular cancer (primary liver ca) can occur in long standing cirrhosis from any cause but more so in a background of hepatitis b or c infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How does cirrhosis cause liver cancer? I have liver cirrhosis, and i’ve read that increases my risk of getting liver cancer. How does that work?
Cell : Cell growth and death is always occurring all over our body, including liver cells. Cirrhosis results in disrupted anatomy of the cells of the liver. Over time this affects dna. Alterations in dna can result in mutations of genes that make liver cells. When mutations occur there is a risk of a mutation involved in cell programming, to include programmed cell death, which is supposed to occur. When the genes that program the liver cell to die fail to work, the cell can multiply/grow out of control, which is what cancer is. This growth requires a lot of energy and nutrients, supplied by blood. In time, this growth overtakes the body's ability to compensate for the increase in nutrient requirements and death ensues. ...Read more
My dad has been hospitalized with varices due to cirrhosis. His liver is partially dead liver. We don't know %age. What can we expect at this point?
May worsen: Varices can bleed and that is probably why he was hospitalized. Cirrhosis can result in mental confusion especially when protein intake exceeds what the liver can process. The cause of cirrhosis: alcohol, hepatitis, etc. Will impact on outcome. There are procedures like tips which can be performed to decrease variceal bleeding. Best to see gastroenterologist, GI surgeon for workup and advise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The liver is "life". The liver not only creates essential proteins and energy resources, but it also "detoxifies" the body through creation of elements like bilirubin while additionally breaking down a vast variety of chemicals (medications, toxins, etc.). The medical industry tests the "function" of the liver via a "liver function panel". This test looks at liver ...Read more