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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?

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?

Palliative/Hospice c: 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.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Is cirrhosis of the liver cancer?

Is cirrhosis of the liver cancer?

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.

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

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

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

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.

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What's the difference between a liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

What's the difference between a liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Scarring vs Cancer: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver without malignancy though it is a risk factor for liver cancer.

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Is there any difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Is there any difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Yes: Cirrhosis from some causes (hepatitis b / c, hemochromatosis, less likely alcohol) can become complicated by primary liver cancer. Cirrhosis itself is bad scarring of the liver, while liver cancer is a clone of liver cells growing out of control and eventually learning to invade.

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I'm just wondering, if you have cirrhosis of the liver can that bring on liver cancer?

I'm just wondering, if you have cirrhosis of the liver can that bring on liver cancer?

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.

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I want to know what is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

I want to know what is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

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.

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What is the difference between liver cancer & cirrhosis of the liver? I have been diagnosed with primary biliary ciffhosis stage 4.

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.

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

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.

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If I have cirrhosis and now diagnosed with liver cancer what are my options?

If I have cirrhosis and now diagnosed with liver cancer what are my options?

Discuss with doctor: Many options for treatment of liver cancer are available and depend on your circumstance. Surgery, radiofrequency ablation, chemotherapy, chemoembolization and liver transplantation are some of the more common options available.

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What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

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.

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How often should a person with cirrhosis get screened for liver cancer?

How often should a person with cirrhosis get screened for liver cancer?

6 months: Every 6 months with an ultrasound and AFP blood test. We alternate ultrasound with annual ct scan or MRI of the liver at our center as the ultrasound has some limitations in cancer detection.

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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 >

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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?

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.

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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?

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.

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

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

Cirrhotic at risk: liver cancer usually happens in a cirrhotic liver. Cirrhosis = scarring of the liver, cancer = uncontrolled cell growth. If you really have cirrhosis, you need to be screened for cancer regularly (can happen in 1-3% of cirrhotics per year)

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Is it possible to diagnose liver cirrhosis or liver cancer without a biopsy?

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.

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Liver (Definition)

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