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Doctor insights on: High Bilirubin Levels Suggest Liver Cancer

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Can high levels of bilirubin alone cause liver failure in a metastic liver cancer pt?

Can high levels of bilirubin alone cause liver failure in a metastic liver cancer pt?

Let's reframe the ?: The issue isn't the amount of bilirubin causing problems with the liver. The liver is likely infiltrated with tumor mets and therefore is not able to process bilirubin. The elevated bilirubin can have multiple causes but is a symptom of the liver failure rather than the cause. It can also be a symptom of obstruction of the biliary system in the liver by tumor or simply inactivity (cholestasis). ...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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If total bilirubin high with metastic liver cancer pt , but other liver tests normal this mean liver damaging / failing? And does it continue to rise . No bile blocked

Depends on: level of bilirubin, but in general metastatic cancer has a poor prognosis. Isolated bilirubin elevation can be caused by obstruction or hemolysis. Consult with your oncologist for specific details regarding prognosis in your case. ...Read more

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My father is liver cancer at the moment and his bilirubin level increasing almost 13. The doctors couldnt drain his liver. What can we do to dicrease?

May not be possible.: Liver cancer is obviously very bad. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that, given what you're going through with your father. The increasing bilirubin may just be related to compression of the ducts from the growing tumor, and there may really be no way to lower it. Unfortunately just another part of what he's unfortunately going through. ...Read more

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Bilirubin 1.7 ALT 114 AST 54 alp 108. I am on pravastatin could this cause this? Could it indicate liver cancer

Bilirubin 1.7 ALT 114 AST 54 alp 108. I am on pravastatin could this cause this? Could it indicate liver cancer

Drug effect: The findings you described are more likely to be due to the drugs you are taking. Liver cance is highly unlikely. Please discuss these with your doctor for possible change in the statin drug. ...Read more

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Metastic liver cancer pt- bilirubin keeps rising but no blocked bile duct . What will happen ?

Metastic liver cancer pt- bilirubin keeps rising but no blocked bile duct . What will happen ?

Be strong, KanabarT: Again, please forgive my frankness. You have written perhaps a dozen times describing a variety of events that are typical of the last stages of metastatic colorectal cancer. There is no predicting the time of death, which may be weeks away, but with rising kidney function tests, thrombocytopenia, and dehydration, perhaps it is time to have a frank talk with the physician about comfort measures. ...Read more

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Is there any other diagnosis other than liver cancer if high lfts?

Is there any other diagnosis other than liver cancer if high lfts?

Many: Liver cancer is way down the list. Here are a few more common: hepatitis, reaction to medicines, blockage from gallstones, and the list goes on and on. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mum in her eighties has primary liver cancer. what is the prognosis, how much time does she have to live?

What do you suggest if my mum in her eighties has primary liver cancer. what is the prognosis, how much time does she have to live?

Many treatments: Usual cause of primary liver tumor, hepatoma is cirrhosis especially resulting from Hep C. If she has that she should get the new antihepC meds. If the lesion is under 5 cm. and solitary, it can be treated by microwave ablation Otherwise intra arterial hepatic artery delivery of Yt radiolabelled microspheres delivered into the liver artery can help. If lesion solitary. resection can be tried. ...Read more

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My aunt is said to be at stage four of liver cancer. Whats is the exact level or the case and what is stage four ? Is it something very very serious ?

My aunt is said to be at stage four of liver cancer. Whats is the exact level or the case and what is stage four ? Is it something very very serious ?

Stage 4 : This means that the disease has spread to or metastasized to other places like distant spread . Speak with your aunts oncologist to have a full understanding of the condition and prognosis. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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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