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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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Can you tell me about liver cancer diagnosis and/or liver biopsies?

Can you tell me about liver cancer diagnosis and/or liver biopsies?

Lesion is hepatoma: Diagosis on work up of cancer of abdominal or lungs lesions is defined by cat scan or MRI of liver. Can be confirmed by pet scan. Biopsy defines whether lesion is primary hepatoma or metastatic tumor. Hepatoma is usually the result of cirrhosis or hep c. ...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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My bf has diagnosis of metastatic liver cancer. How long does he have to live?

My bf has diagnosis of metastatic liver cancer. How long does he have to live?

Depends: Liver cancer that has moved to other organs often has a short overall survival. That being said, there are exceptions. To find out more, ask your doctor how long between the time the liver cancer and the metastasis was diagnosed, how many metastatic sites are there, and how large are they. These pieces of information will help answer your question better. Sometimes isolated mets can be removed. ...Read more

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Can 2 CT scans , 4 us during last 4 years picked up liver cancer? Ruq pain since 2007 and no diagnosis yet, would I be dead by now if it was cancer in 08?

Can 2 CT scans , 4 us during last 4 years picked up liver cancer? Ruq  pain since 2007 and no diagnosis  yet, would I be dead by now if it was cancer in 08?

Yes and maybe.: Ct and us are both sensitive at detecting cancer. If they haven't seen it on the 6 combined studies it is unlikely to be a problem and is certainly not causing discomfort since any cancer large enough to produce that would certainly be visible. If you had primary or even worse - metastatic - liver ca in 2008 it is very likely you would have passed by now. ...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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How common is liver cancer?

How common is liver cancer?

Depends on geography: And cancer type. Primary liver cancer is not common in the usa, but it is the most frequent cancer in areas with high prevalence of hepatitis b infection. If metastatic liver cancers are included, then liver cancer is common even in the usa. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer hereditary?

Is liver cancer hereditary?

It can be: Many factors can increase one's risk for primary liver cancer including: chronic infection with hepatitis b or c virus, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, heavy alcohol use, obesity, exposure to certain toxins, and inherited liver diseases that can lead to cirrhosis such as hemochromatosis, wilson's disease, tyrosinemia, Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, glycogen, and porphyria. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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