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Dr. Barry Rosen
4,308 doctors shared insights

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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Chart reads breast cancer (HCC) (worded exactly). What does the HCC mean? Is it only Hepatocellular carcinoma?

Chart reads breast cancer (HCC) (worded exactly). What does the HCC mean? Is it only Hepatocellular carcinoma?

I don't know: It is probably a local abbreviation that means something; was it perhaps diagnosed at Harvard Cancer Center? As eager as we are to answer, this is the wrong place to bring a question like this. ...Read more

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Tell me more about fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma - a rare form of liver cancer?

Tell me more about fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma - a rare form of liver cancer?

Better prognosis: Fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma has better prognosis than usual liver cancers. The diagnosis is made by examining the tissue by a pathologist. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16475212. ...Read more

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Who normally performs the ablation of a small hepatocellular carcinoma?

Who normally performs the ablation of a small hepatocellular carcinoma?

IR: Most small hccs can be treated by ultrasound or ct guided ablation performed typically by an interventional radiologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to survive hepatocellular carcinoma?

Is it possible to survive hepatocellular carcinoma?

Yes: The factors that favor a good outcome are small tumor size, no infections with Hepatitis B and C, being older than 5, good liver function (no liver failure), no inflammation (normal CRP blood test), no spread of cancer, surgery intended to "cure" the cancer, size of tumor ...Read more

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How often have people survived hepatocellular carcinoma?

How often have people survived hepatocellular carcinoma?

Depends on therapy: Its really therapy dependent. Most hcc are related to cirrhosis, usually extensive and multiple and not amenable to therapy. Only early hcc can be amenable to resection and or liver transplant. Transplant is curative, as can be resection in the absence of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hepatocellular carcinoma?

What is the definition or description of: Hepatocellular carcinoma?

A Cancer of Liver: Hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) is a Cancer arising from the Liver. It often occurs in in people who have a chronically damaged liver due to infection with Hepatitis B or hepatitis C Virus or it can be due to use of excessive alcoho, drinking that leads to Cirrhosis which then makes you more prone to develop Liver Cancer(HCC). ...Read more

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I've developed hepatocellular carcinoma. What should I be watching out for in the future?

I've developed hepatocellular carcinoma. What should I be watching out for in the future?

The best results are: From surgery, and that depends on the tumors location in relation to the big blood vessel, the portal vein, and the viability of the liver not involved with the tumor itself. If your tumor is not resectable, there are new but expensive medicines that cause response and shrinkage. If the tumor grows or cannot be stopped, the liver will fail. I see some with bony metastasis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the average lifespan of hepatocellular carcinoma?

Complicated: The answer depends on several factors including the underlying liver disease, the size number and pattern of spread within the liver, and any other medical problems that the patient has that will effect their ability to tolerate therapy. There are several treatments available for hcc. ...Read more

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Has anyone out there ever had improvement of hepatocellular carcinoma after chemoembolization?

Yes: Many patients demonstrate shrinking of their tumors following chemoembolization. In some cases, tumors can appear entirely inactive after one or several chemoembolization procedures. While some patients unfortunately do not respond as well, chemoembolization is an established treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma that can't be removed surgically. ...Read more

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Is nexavar (sorafenib) prescribed for hepatocellular carcinoma?

Is nexavar (sorafenib) prescribed for hepatocellular carcinoma?

Yes, for Stage 4: Nexavar, or sorafenib, is used to treat advanced, unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma. It is also used to treat patients with advanced kidney cancer. This drug is a multikinase inhibitor and works by decreasing tumor growth and replication, by inhibiting the formation of blood vessels that tumors rely on to get nourishment. This is not a curative treatment, prolonging survival on average 7 mo. ...Read more

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Can some survive hepatocellular carcinoma?

Can some survive hepatocellular carcinoma?

Yes: When i was in med school, it was almost always fatal. Now we're often curing them through early detection and especially teamwork by radiologists and surgeons. ...Read more

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What are signs of hepatocellular carcinoma?

What are signs of hepatocellular carcinoma?

No...: In its early stage, the patient virtually has no symptoms at all. The key to its diagnosis is still professional alertness notably for someone with hepatitis - b, -c, liver cirrhosis, chronic alcohol use, with known abnormal finding in liver function test. These patients are advised to have periodic follow-up with blood tests and liver ultrasound study. Any doubt, see an expert timely. Best. ...Read more

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Hasanyone survived hepatocellular carcinoma?

Hasanyone survived hepatocellular carcinoma?

Yes: Depending on the stage of the cancer and the response to treatment (surgical or nonsurgical methods), patients can survive hcc. There are also establish methods to predict survival in patients with hcc that develops in the setting of underlying liver disease, like hepatitis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hepatocellular carcinoma?

Often asymptomatic: Since the liver is so resilient, hcc can be asymptomatic until late stages. When symptoms are present they will manifest as nausea, taste disturbances, fatigue and sometimes jaundice. ...Read more

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How long does a person with hepatocellular carcinoma usually live?

Depends on the stage: Liver cancer that is limited to the liver is associated with a number of treatment options and years of life expectancy. Since hcc usually occurs in patients with underlying liver disease, treatment must often be balanced with any potential detriment of treatment to a vulnerable liver substance. Liver transplant remains a viable option for many patients with hcc and liver disease. ...Read more

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Whats treatment for small early hepatocellular carcinoma?

Hcc: Liver transplant will take out the tumor and also replace the liver that is at risk for getting new hcc. If the patient is not a candidate for transplant then resection of the tumor would be the best treatment for small hcc. If that is not possible ablation would give the best durable therapy for locoregional treatment of a small hcc. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ginsburg
73 doctors shared insights

Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Definition)

Hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) is a Cancer arising from the Liver. It often occurs in in people who have a chronically damaged liver due to infection with Hepatitis B or hepatitis C Virus or it can be due to use of excessive alcoho, drinking that leads to Cirrhosis which then makes you more prone ...Read more


Dr. Joe Golowa
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Hepatoma (Definition)

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