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How is the diagnosis of liver cancer?

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. Payam Rafat
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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


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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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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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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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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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Do lots of people get liver cancer, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get liver cancer, or is it unusual?

Unusual in US Europe: Primary liver cancer is relatively unusual in most of the world unless the patient has chronic hepatitis b or c. In parts of asia, primary liver cancer is more common and may be related to other infections. Cancer from other sites that metastasizes to the liver (especially colon and lung) is relatively common. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Not necessarily: Liver cancer is a pretty bad diagnosis, depends whether it is primary or metastatic. There is treatment though including transplant if you are young and in good shape, and there are many other novel treatments as well. You need close follow up with your doctors at this point and to evaluate all the options. Good luck! ...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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What is the difference between primary and secondary liver cancer ?

Where cancer started: A primary liver cancer began in the liver. The original cell that turned cancerous was from the liver. A secondary liver cancer began somewhere else and spread to the liver. ...Read more

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For liver cancer, how does one know the end is near?

For liver cancer, how does one know the end is near?

Difficult prediction: Predicting when the end is near is notoriously difficult. For liver cancer, increase in jaundice, general swelling of the body and abdomen, marked loss of muscle mass, bleeding in tissues or externally, and onset of coma could signal that the end is near. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more