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How To Cure Liver Cancer Naturally
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
Depends: Hepatocellular cancer can be cured in some patients who have limited resectable disease or who qualify for transplantation. Transplant is typically only offered to patients who have single tumors less than 5cm in size or up to 3 less than 3cm. Other techniques like ablation and chemoembolization sometimes work, but have less chance at achieving a cure. Multidisciplinary review is recommended. ...Read more
Surgery: With favorable tumors of either the liver or the pancreas, surgery, often combined with chemo may be curative. Both of these types of cancer and the surgical treatments for them are highly specialized and should be performed by a surgeon with experience and training in hepatobiliary surgery. ...Read more
Surgery or ablation: Currently, liver cancer can only be cured by surgical removal of the tumor, or by removing the entire liver and performing a liver transplantation. Patients with early stage cancer (small tumor) can sometimes be cured by ablation - a procedure where a probe is placed into the center of the tumor and energy is used to destroy the tumor. ...Read more
Yes and No: It depends on the stage of cancer at the time of diagnosis. Most liver cancers are diagnosed late and hence are incurable. But 10-15% of the patients are cured, most of whom had a small tumor which could be removed or the whole liver was removed completely and a new liver transplant was available. Your oncologist can address this question for your case better. ...Read more
Is stage 3 liver cancer curable? I know the chances of surving it are probably low, but has anybody been cured of this stage? Is it at least possible?
Yes: They have been. It is rare but there have been cures. ...Read more
Not usually: Chemoembolization is injecting chemotherapy agents directly into the tumor to decrease potential side effects from the same medication given to the whole body. However, liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) is a difficult cancer to cure in the long term. There may be "remission", but a long term cure is less likely. ...Read more
Depends: Liver cancer (hepatoma) can be treated with liver transplant if they meet certain criteria - milan criteria for example. There are several treatments before transplant i.e. Tace, rfa, microwave ablation, yittrium radiation which are used as bridge therapies. These additional interventions depending on your case will be helpful. ...Read more
Probably not: Liver cancer is best treated with surgery, if caught early. Once it is inoperable, the treatments are mostly palliative and rarely curative. Unfortunately no chemotherapy drug has shown activity against Liver Cancer. So we have started exploring targeted therapies which, including Sorafenib, have provided modest degree of benefit and some increase in overall survival. ...Read more
Can surgery completely cure liver cancer? It’s stage 1 liver cancer, and the doctor says he should be able to get the whole tumor, no problem. Does that mean i’ll be cured?
Yes/ No: It is possible for very early cancers to be cured by surgery but there are many factors which are important. If this is hepatocellular carcinoma, there is a risk of local and distant recurrence even in early cancers. Most of the numbers and percentages we discuss are based on previous studies and probability, but your tumor is specific to you. It will be important to discuss this with your doc. ...Read more
Can anything be done to cure advance liver cancer patient after jaundice and ascites sets in. Tumor is large (NV upto 15-16 cm) & liver size is 21 cm.
Treatment: The treatment for this depends on the type of cancer (hepatoblastoma and hepatocarcinoma are most common) and whether or not the tumor has spread (metastasized) to other areas. Late stage disease is usually not curable, but there may be treatment to reduce the size of the tumor and control symptoms for some time. This is best cared for by a pediatric oncologist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Tumor mass: Liver involved with different malignancies. A liver cancer should be related to cancer arising in liver cells and not cells that have spread to the liver from different forms of cancer. A primary liver tumor can arise from hepatitis B and C with induction thru a cirrhotic process. Other causes are from blood vessel lesions, and various primary sarcomas as well as tumors arising in bile duct ...Read more
There are only 4: Cancer is generally divided into five stages, from stage 0, in which the presence of irregular or cancer cells are known, to stage iv, in which the cancer has spread to one or several other parts of the body. The higher the number of cancer staging, the more difficult the cancer is to treat due to the progression and spread of cancer cells. According to the national comprehensive cancer network, . ...Read more
A cancer that begins in the liver is usually related to hepatitis c or b, or other forms of liver injury. The ultrasound, ct scan and MRI are usually very good. There also is a blood test called an Alpha feto protein that is very helpful.
The tricky part is to find it early so that it canc be treated. Many people with liver injury are screened with a blood test and ultrasound or ct scan. ...Read more
Primary, no...: Secondary (metastasis), yes. Worldwide "hepatoma" is common (aphlatoxin exposure), rather uncmmon in us-associated with hepatitis b & c, cirrhosis of any cause. Best managed by surgery if resectable. Secondary cancer (from GI (stomach, colon, panc; breast: lung primaries) quite common. ...Read more
Silent cancer: Unfortunately, liver cancer does not produce symptoms until very advanced stages. In order to catch liver cancer in its early and curable stages, it is very important for patients at high-risk to undergo screening imaging. Just like how women need mammograms, patients with hepb or cirrhosis need routine imaging to check for liver cancer. This usually involves an MRI or a ct scan every 6 months. ...Read more
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
Late detection and: Related pathology. Primary liver cancer often arises in patients with cirrhosis and is not detected early enough for a curative resection. There are no effective chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Most liver cancers are metastatic lesions from other cancers which by definition are incurable. ...Read more
Multiple: The symptoms of liver cancer really depend on what the cancer is from and where in the liver it is. Some have no symptoms at all. Sometimes they can cause abdominal pain. Others could be jaundice, swollen abdomen, easy bleeding or bruising, swollen legs, fatigue, weight loss. Some are because of the tumor and some are because of the loss of function of the liver from whatever caused the tumor. ...Read more
It is of no use....: There is absolutely no scientific evidence that comitris (a "frozen marine liquid cartilage extract ") does anything for liver cancer, or any other cancer for that matter. It is a scam and a shame that someone would take advantage of a vulnerable population such as those fighting cancer. ...Read more
Unlikelyif untreated: It's unlikely for the same tumor to be present for such a long time. If liver cancer is left untreated, it will grow and eventually metastasize, usually within a few years. However, it is certainly possible to be treated and cured of liver cancer, and therefore be alive and well 18 years later. ...Read more
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