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Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Not necessarily: Liver cancer is a pretty bad diagnosis, depends whether it is primary or metastatic. There is treatment though including transplant if you are young and in good shape, and there are many other novel treatments as well. You need close follow up with your doctors at this point and to evaluate all the options. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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I'm wondering how long does someone in the final stages of terminal primary liver cancer have left?

I'm wondering how long does someone in the final stages of terminal primary liver cancer have left?

Difficult to : Predict. It is not feasible to provide an estimate of the time as tumors often behave in unexpected ways. Late stage primary liver cancer is general has a poor prognosis. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000280.htm. ...Read more

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Does ascites for advance liver cancer patient mean that it is the final stage? What is life expectancy for such a 70 yrs old patient ?

Does ascites for advance liver cancer patient mean that it is the final stage? What is life expectancy for such a 70 yrs old patient ?

It is a bad sign: Liver cancer can be associated with ascites. Some patients respond to treatment with sorafenib which is the recommended treatment. Once this has been done, there is very little second line treatments available. Survival then is short(less than 3 to 6 months at best). ...Read more

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How to provide relief to 70 years old man in final stage of liver cancer? Pain is in control with pain killers but how to control fatigue and anxiety?

How to provide relief to 70 years old man in final stage of liver cancer? Pain is in control with pain killers but how to control fatigue and anxiety?

Palliative care: Patients with late stage cancer need palliative care(symptom relief). This can be provided by a palliative care specialist(if there is one available) . Otherwise his oncologist can control his symptoms with proper medication. I think you have already told us that your father is on decadron which can cause hyperactivity/anxiety type reaction. This requires dose reduction by 50%. Ativan can relax hi ...Read more

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What can I expect from liver cancer?

What can I expect from liver cancer?

Nothing good: Liver cancer often arises in the background of liver cirrhosis due to alcohol, hepatitis c, hemochromatosis etc. A small number of liver cancers may be curable with resection or liver transplant, but generally the prognosis is not good. ...Read more

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How many year can be expect if your diagnosed with liver cancer?

How many year can be expect if your diagnosed with liver cancer?

Don't plan funeral: There's no telling. Many primary liver cancers, especially the common kind (hepatocellular carcinoma) get cured, period, with today's treatments. However, they can also kill unexpectedly by invading a major vessel. Metastases in the liver used to be fatal within a year as a general rule, but this is changing as chemotherapy becomes more effective and less toxic. ...Read more

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My 75 y/o granny is just diagnosed with liver cancer. What can we expect?

Depends: I would make sure she talks with someone who is experienced with liver tumors. She may be offered surgery or chemotherapy. It would depend on how big and where in the liver is tumor is located. It will also depend on her overall health. ...Read more

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What is liver cancer?

What is liver cancer?

Cancer: Liver cancer is an uncontrolled growth of liver cells due to disregulation of the mechanisms which control cell reproduction. It can be caused by chronic inflammation of the liver due to chronic infections, alcoholism, or chronic use of medications which adversely affect the liver. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer painful?

Is liver cancer painful?

Not usually: Liver cancer is usually not painful. The condition that leads to liver cancer (chronic hepatitis/cirrhosis) can cause vague pain in the right upper quadrant of the belly. Most liver cancer is picked up in asymptomatic patients by lab tests or by scans. Occasionally a patient will have painless yellowing of the skin due to liver cancer. ...Read more

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Symptoms of liver cancer?

Symptoms of liver cancer?

None: Primary liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (hcc), has no symptoms early on. But most cases of hcc are associated with cirrhosis, the symptoms and signs of which include jaundice, muscle wasting, hepatosplenomegaly, variceal gasteointestinal bleeding, encephalopathy and the development of ascites. Pts with cirrhosis should be screened every 6 mo for hcc with a liver us and an AFP check. ...Read more

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How common is liver cancer?

How common is liver cancer?

Depends on geography: And cancer type. Primary liver cancer is not common in the usa, but it is the most frequent cancer in areas with high prevalence of hepatitis b infection. If metastatic liver cancers are included, then liver cancer is common even in the usa. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer hereditary?

Is liver cancer hereditary?

It can be: Many factors can increase one's risk for primary liver cancer including: chronic infection with hepatitis b or c virus, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, heavy alcohol use, obesity, exposure to certain toxins, and inherited liver diseases that can lead to cirrhosis such as hemochromatosis, wilson's disease, tyrosinemia, Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, glycogen, and porphyria. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer on the rise?

Yes: It is on the rise because more patients with hepatitis c are getting older. So the incidence of cirrhosis and liver cancer are increasing. ...Read more

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How can I treat liver cancer?

How can I treat liver cancer?

Options: The preferred treatment options for early cases are surgical removal and in selected patients liver transplants- these have the best results. For more advanced cases chemotherapy infused into the liver or oral drugs such as sorafenib can be used. ...Read more

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What exactly is liver cancer?

What exactly is liver cancer?

Tumor mass: Liver involved with different malignancies. A liver cancer should be related to cancer arising in liver cells and not cells that have spread to the liver from different forms of cancer. A primary liver tumor can arise from hepatitis B and C with induction thru a cirrhotic process. Other causes are from blood vessel lesions, and various primary sarcomas as well as tumors arising in bile duct ...Read more

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What is stage 5 liver cancer?

What is stage 5 liver cancer?

There are only 4 : Cancer is generally divided into five stages, from stage 0, in which the presence of irregular or cancer cells are known, to stage iv, in which the cancer has spread to one or several other parts of the body. The higher the number of cancer staging, the more difficult the cancer is to treat due to the progression and spread of cancer cells. According to the national comprehensive cancer network, . ...Read more

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How can liver cancer be cured?

How can liver cancer be cured?

Depends: Hepatocellular cancer can be cured in some patients who have limited resectable disease or who qualify for transplantation. Transplant is typically only offered to patients who have single tumors less than 5cm in size or up to 3 less than 3cm. Other techniques like ablation and chemoembolization sometimes work, but have less chance at achieving a cure. Multidisciplinary review is recommended. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer hard to diagnose?

Is liver cancer hard to diagnose?

Not really: A cancer that begins in the liver is usually related to hepatitis c or b, or other forms of liver injury. The ultrasound, ct scan and MRI are usually very good. There also is a blood test called an Alpha feto protein that is very helpful. The tricky part is to find it early so that it canc be treated. Many people with liver injury are screened with a blood test and ultrasound or ct scan. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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


Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Liver Cancer (Definition)

A primary cancer more common in those exposed to hepatitis B or hepatitis C or cirrhosis from other causes. It can also be a secondary cancer, spread from another site such as ...Read more