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Cirrhosis Of The Liver Liver Cancer
My friend has cirrhosis of the liver and now liver cancer he's too weak for check can anyone offer any knowledge on holistic healing for him
Patients with terminal cancer are best taken care of by Palliative care specialist. Many Hospitals also provide Hospice care.
Please take your friend to a Hospital where such care is often available to all cancer patients. Hospice services can also be made available if you make contact with a local Hospice Facility. His Oncologist will know more about how and where to find these services. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Depends: Liver cancer can arise from cirrhosis which is called a primary liver cancer or hepatocellular cancer (HCC), or a secondary liver cancer meaning the cancer has come from somewhere else in the body (metastatic liver cancer). Either way, you need to see a liver specialist who can suggest options. ...Read more
Depends: If the cause of the cirrhosis is hepatitis b or hepatitis c or hemochromatosis, the risk for cancer is high -- cirrhosis or no. If it is alcoholism, autoimmune hepatitis, primarily biliary cirrhosis, or metabolic syndrome, the risk is much less. Much of what we used to consider irreversible about cirrhosis is now more hopeful, and perhaps you'll receive a transplant. ...Read more
Cancer vs. benign: Primary cancer of the liver, or cancerous tumors that spread from another site to the liver, are malignant growths. Cirrhosis is a benign condition of the liver from alcohol abuse or hepatitis virus, among other causes. Cirrhosis can lead to liver failure or even cause primary liver cancer. ...Read more
What is the difference between liver cancer & cirrhosis of the liver? I have been diagnosed with primary biliary ciffhosis stage 4.
Different problems: Cirrhosis is a complex scarring of the liver that results in disruption of both the liver cells, which must accomplish a large number of tasks, and the flow of the "rivers" in the liver that help accomplish that, by putting scars across them. The cells inside these inflamed and scarred areas are more prone to mutate and become cancerous, so that cirrhosis may lead to cancer of the liver.Good luck. ...Read more
Depends: Cirrhosis is an important risk for liver cancer. Estimated risk is 2 to 3% per year with hepatitis c infection, from alcohol, fatty liver disease and hereditary iron overload disease. Someone with hepatitis b infection even without cirrhosis can develop liver cancer. Cancer can also develop in cirrhosis with other type of liver disease, but their risk is unknown. ...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 more
Q6month: Current recommendation is ultrasound with AFP every 6 months. ...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?
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
Husband has cirrhosis fibroscan says score is 18. dr checks for liver cancer every 6 months. are his risks higher? if so how much higher?
Cirrhosis and Cancer: It sounds like he has a prudent doctor who is caring well for him. The risk of liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) is higher in patients with cirrhosis, but the degree of risk varies by the cause. It is highest in those with hepatitis B or C as the underlying cause but lower in patients with alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency-related cirrhosis. High in the case of HBV-related cancer means prhaps 60x higher than normal uninfected people. Duration of infection also matters. ...Read more
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?
Nobody knows fully: Cirrhosis is both a degenerative and an inflammatory disease. The nodules of abnormal liver tissue are growing abnormally because they are inflamed by whatever caused the cirrhosis (hep viruses, alcohol, auto immune disorder etc.). Chronic inflammation can lead to malignant transformation, and does in 10%+ of cases of long-term cirrhosis. Reducing the inflammation, when possible, is what helps. ...Read more
Yes and no: Cirrhosis is a histologic diagnosis but can made without a biopsy with almost certainty based on lab data, imaging studies and physical exam. Liver cancer (hcc) is also a histologic diagnosis, but in the setting of cirrhosis it can be made based on MRI or ct imaging criteria without a biopsy with >95% certainty. ...Read more
Liver cirrhosis & ca: Hepatocellular carcinoma (malignant hepatoma) is most common type of liver cancer, & most cases are secondary to either viral hepatitis or cirrhosis. This tumor is rare in usa. Main risk factors are alcoholism, hepatitis b or c, wilson's disease, type 2 diabetes with obesity, & hemochromatosis. ...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 more
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 more
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
Stage 4 liver cancer,cirrhosis,cancer also in spine. Diagnosed in Jan.Half dose Nexavar (sorafenib) 3 mths. Prognosis?
It's not great but-: -this is a question for your treating physician. He/she is aware of your situation. ...Read more
My partner has Hep C ,cirrhosis and liver cancer we just found out today his bilrubin level is 34 just how bad is that?
Bad: You need to safeguard your health. Get tested to see if you have Hep C. There are effective treatments for Hep C infection and you should make sure you protect your health. ...Read more
My sister just got diagnosed with liver cirrhosis from years of drinking and abusing prescription medication. Does it ALWAYS lead to liver cancer?
My father has cirrhosis and has lead to liver cancer he quit smoking weed in april but it still shows up in his system, how long does it take to leave?
Liver: Detoxification function iimpaired, but notfor 3 months. He's still accessing the herb. ...Read more
Can a blood test find liver cancer? My mom gets regular liver function tests. I think because of cirrhosis, or maybe another liver problem. I’m afraid the disease will cause cancer. Will cancer show up on the blood tests?
Sometimes: The diagnosis of cancer is made generally initially by various kinds of imaging tests - ultrasound, radionuclide liver scans and ct or mri, usually in patients where there is already suspicion. There is a test, called AFP (alpha fetoprotein) which is sometimes followed in patients with cirrhosis to try to detect cancer early; however, other conditions also cause it to go up. The best test=biopsy. ...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
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