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Doctor insights on: Hepatocellular Carcinoma Panel

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Dr. Barry Rosen
4,223 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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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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Dr. Michael Ginsburg
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Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Definition)

Hepatocellular carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of cells in the liver. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, easy bruising, yellowing of the skin, and weight loss. It is associated with having cirrhosis or being infected ...Read more