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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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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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Dr. Warren Foster
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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)

Cancer of the liver can be a primary cancer (hepatocellular cancer) & is 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 colon, stomach, lung, etc. Some liver cancers are treated with surgery & some with chemotherapy, radiofrequency ...Read more