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How is the diagnosis of liver cancer?

Imaging studies: Diagnoses of liver cancer can be with ct, mri, ultrasound , as well as biopsies of liver. ...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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How is cancer of the liver treated?

How is cancer of the liver treated?

Many options: Liver cancer (or hcc) is curable with a liver transplant and in some cases with a partial liver resection surgery (hepatectomy). There are other treatment modalities including locoregional ablation therapies with tace, rfa, chemical injections, or radioembolization and chemotherapeutic options. Liver cancer is best managed in liver centers with a multidisciplinary approach to hcc. ...Read more

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How accurate is a Fibroscan in detecting advanced fibrosis/cirrhosis of the liver? Biopsy is out of the question

How accurate is a Fibroscan in detecting advanced fibrosis/cirrhosis of the liver? Biopsy is out of the question

Fibroscan: Liver biospy is the gold standard to diagnose liver issues. Fibroscan is a good alternative to screen for any liver fibrosis which may indicate liver disease. ...Read more

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How is colon cancer diagnosed? What is the prognosis? What tests are used to determine the different stages of colon cancer

How is colon cancer diagnosed? What is the prognosis? What tests are used to determine the different stages of colon cancer

Biopsy: Colon cancer is diagnosed by a biopsy sample during colonoscopy. Pathology helps determined the stage after surgical removal of the cancer. Ranges from best stage 1 with small early cancer, to most advanced stage 4 when cancer has spread to other organs. Sometimes a ct scan or pet scan may be used to see if the cancer has spread to other sites. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between liver cancer and liver tumors?

Need advice on what is the the difference between liver cancer and liver tumors?

Tumors are by: Definition anything that takes up space in the body. So tumors can be neoplasms, which can be either benign or malignant. Cancer is type of malignancy. It can spread both locally and to distant organs. Liver cancer is a type of malignant tumor of liver. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of liver cancer?

What is the pathophysiology of liver cancer?

Many: Hepatitis infection and chronic inflammation are some of the etiological factors--fibrosis and inflammation from chemicals has also been implicated. ...Read more

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Is it common to get a diagnoses of stage four gastric/gi cancer without the primary source of the cancer confirmed? A tumor was confirmed on the liver

Is it common to get a diagnoses of stage four gastric/gi cancer without the primary source of the cancer confirmed? A tumor was confirmed on the liver

It does happen: Many tumors, especially without noticeable symptoms, are diagnosed following metastasis. Depending upon how the tumor appears under the microscope, a pathologist can often point out precisely where it came from, or, usually, a likely region. From there, it is a group effort, often involving pathologists, radiologists, and, in this case a gastroenterologist or general surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

What is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Depends: Liver cancer can arise from cirrhosis which is called a primary liver cancer or hepatocellular cancer (HCC), or a secondary liver cancer meaning the cancer has come from somewhere else in the body (metastatic liver cancer). Either way, you need to see a liver specialist who can suggest options. ...Read more

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What is a difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

What is  a difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

See below: Cirrhosis is the replacement of normal tissues in the liver with scar tissue. This affects the functioning of the liver. Liver cancer is when cells in the liver begin growing out of control creating a tumor or mass. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for liver cancer?

What is the treatment for liver cancer?

Depends: The best treatment for liver cancer is a liver transplant, but not all patients with liver cancer are transplant candidates. If the cancer is too large or spread outside the liver, chemotherapy like nexavarr can be used. Some liver tumors are also treated with freezing-cryoembolization or embolization where chemicals are directly injected into the hepatic artery. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of death for a liver resection?

Depends: It depends on the patient's general condition, previous operations, reason for resection, and type of resection planned. In the hands of an experienced hepatobiliary team, mortality should be less than 5% for most patients. ...Read more

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Help please! is cirrhosis of the liver a type of cancer?

Help please! is cirrhosis of the liver a type of cancer?

Cirrhosis of: The liver is not cancer, but predisposed to primary liver cancer, regardless of cause of the cirrhosis (not all is alcohol). ...Read more

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What is the treatment of thyroid cancer? 

What is the treatment of thyroid cancer? 

Surgery: Thyroid cancer is treated surgically by removal of all the thyroid or a portion of the thyroid. After surgery, patients at higher risk of recurrence or with more aggressive cancers may be treated with radioactive iodine. Rarely, external radiation or chemotherapy is added in very severe cases. ...Read more

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What is the medical treatment of pancreatic cancer?

What is the medical treatment of pancreatic cancer?

Chemotherapy: Treatment of pancreatic cancer like many cancers involves surgical oncologists( surgery), medical oncologists (chemotherapy) and radiation oncologist (radiation). Chemotherapy is usually Gemzar (gemcitabine) or 5-fu based. There are some existing new drug combinations recently that has helped improve outcomes. ...Read more

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What is liver metasis stage 4? Is it cancer? Considering the person diagnosed to also have tumor in the pancreas

What is liver metasis stage 4? Is it cancer? Considering the person diagnosed to also have tumor in the pancreas

Yes: Yes. It is cancer that has spread to the liver. The tumor in the pancreas may be the primary tumor. You may want to go to http://www.cancercompass.com to learn more about cancer ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of liver cancer that is metastatic?

What are the symptoms of liver cancer that is metastatic?

Site of mets: People with liver cancer often have underlying diseases, e.g., cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, hemochromatosis etc. Development of liver cancer causes worsening of existing condition, plus , enlarged liver, weakness, fluid in abdomen, weight loss, jaundice etc. Aduitional symptoms will depend on the site of metastases, which usually are in the lung, therefore cough, blood in sputum etc. ...Read more

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How is the staging of anal cancer determined?

How is the staging of anal cancer determined?

Similar: To all colon cancers, it is based on pathology or tissue diagnosis, depth of penetration, differentiation, lymph node involvement and metastatic workup including ct scans and pet scans. But biopsy and or comp[lete excision is the first step and proper pathology evaluation is critical. ...Read more

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How is the radiation oncology prognosis for cancer of the esophagus?

How is the radiation oncology prognosis for cancer of the esophagus?

Stage is important: Prognosis is going to depend on the stage of the cancer and the health of the patient. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of pancreatic disease?

What is the treatment of pancreatic disease?

Depends: Treatment depends on the nature of the pancreatic disorder. In general, there are several types of causes, inflammatory, autoimmune, traumatic or malignant. Since pancreatitis is really the only one of the above that can be treated, it is important to determine the cause, such as alcohol, gallstones, medications, elevated fatty acid levels and elevated calcium levels. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cancer of the adrenal glands?

What is the treatment for cancer of the adrenal glands?

Surgical removal: Whenever possible, adrenal cell carcinoma is removed with an operation. This is feasible if the cancer is limited to the adrenal gland without spread to other parts of the body. If there is spread, or if the tumor is too large to be safely removed with an operation, there are limited chemotherapy options available. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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