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How will my doctor know if I have liver cancer?

How will my doctor know if I have liver cancer?

Scan: The best test to detect liver cancer are MRI with special enhancing contrast. Triple phase ct scan is also a good test at finding liver cancer. Occasionally a blood test AFP can be elevated in liver cancer, but there is not a perfect correlation. ...Read more

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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 will my doctor know if I have stomach cancer?

 how will my doctor know if I have stomach cancer?

A tough diagnosis: The diagnosis of stomach cancer is a tough one because there are no specific symptoms to point directly to the stomach as the source. There are no early symptoms, but some non-specific ones would be nausea, weight loss, blood in stool, abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, and loss of appetite. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor and a stomach biopsy may be needed. ...Read more

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How will my doctor know if I have vulvar cancer?

How will my doctor know if I have vulvar cancer?

Exam and biopsy: Part of your pelvic exam is an examination of the vulva. It is important to mention any symptoms you are having there to focus this examination. A biopsy of the suspicious area is used to make or rule out the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend has stage four cancer, how long do you have live?

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What can I do if my friend has stage four cancer, how long do you have live?

Depends on type: Would have to have more info on type of cancer and location. Typically stage 4 suggests the cancer has spread beyond its initial location. ...Read more

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How will my physician tell if I have fibroids?

How will my physician tell if I have fibroids?

Exam or ultrasound: Fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus that can cause enlargement of the uterus, heavy or painful periods or pelvic pain. They can be diagnosed with pelvic exam in some cases. An ultrasound can almost always diagnosis them. Fibroids don't need to be treated just because they are there, only if they cause problems. Treatments range from birth control pills to removal of fibroids to hysterectomy. ...Read more

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How will i know if I have kidney disease what tests should I undergo for me to know?

How will i know if I have kidney disease what tests should I undergo for me to know?

Blood tests : You will need to have a basic chemistry panel that would include BUN and creatinine levels. If these are normal, for your age, weight, race and sex nothing more needs to be done. If your creatinine is above the normal age, you should see a nephrologist and have a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance to get your kidney function quantified. You may also need a renal ultrasound to see your kidneys. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have stomach cancer?

How to tell if I have stomach cancer?

Cannot: You cannot tell yourself. Stomach cancer is rare in the us. Would need to see a doctor for an examination and maybe see a gastroenterologist for endoscopy. Late signs of stomach cancer can be vomiting frequently, weight loss, anemia, marked upper abdominal pains going into the back. ...Read more

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How will my doctor know if I have multiple myeloma? 

How will my doctor know if I have multiple myeloma? 

Labs, xrays: There are a series of blood and urine tests that will give the doctor a good idea if you have the disease. These are usually followed by x-rays looking for tell-tale signs of myeloma and a bone marrow test which would identify the cancer cells themselves. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have colon cancer?

How can I tell if I have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Excellent screening , and or diagnostic test. No other cancer has superior screening test than colon cancer. Go and get one. Talk to doctor about proper time to do it. ...Read more

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What can I do if my grandfather was found today to have melanoma skin cancer. How long could he possibly live?

What can I do if my grandfather was found today to have melanoma skin cancer. How long could he possibly live?

Melanoma: Melanoma prognosis depends on lymph node spread. The possibility of lymph node spread is directly dependent on depth of the melanoma (breslow depth). Staging uses the depth and lymph node involvement. ...Read more

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How to know if I have colon cancer?

How to know if I have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy + biopsy as indicated. If you do have risk factors, you should have your first screening colonoscopy at age 50. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have kidney cancer?

How can I tell if I have kidney cancer?

Medical imaging: Most kidney tumors today are found early by imaging i.e. Ultrasounds or ct scans done for other reasons. Many other are diagnosed becoause of blood in the urine_ hematuria.Larger tumors may cause pain or fever. ...Read more

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My doctor told me to do a breast biopsy, what are the chances that i will have cancer if i was told this?

My doctor told me to do a breast biopsy, what are the chances that i will have cancer if i was told this?

Are you referring: to a needle biopsy? It depends on the specific imaging or clinical features, but in general, across the board, about 80% turn out benign. ...Read more

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How to know if I have pancreatic cancer?

How to know if I have pancreatic cancer?

See a doctor: The first thing to do in the work up of a possible pancreatic caricnoma is to visit with a doctor and have him/her take a history and perform a physical examination. If there is concern for cancer, the physician can perform laboratory testing and imaging studies to investigate the biochemical functioning of the pancreas and its anatomy. If those are concerning, then a biopsy may be performed. ...Read more

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How should I know if I have colon cancer?

How should I know if I have colon cancer?

Only way: To know for sure is by colonoscopy. If you are not in a high risk group and have no symptoms such as abdominal cramping, blood in stool, or anemia, your chances of colon cancer before age 50 is pretty low. Talk to your doctor about getting proper tests. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have intestinal/colon cancer?

How to tell if I have intestinal/colon cancer?

Colonoscopy ; biopsy: If you are concerned about possible colon cancer, see a physician. He/she will take a history and perform a physical examination. If you have a concerning history/symptoms or physical/lab findings, then the physician may refer you for a test called colonoscopy in which a scope is passed through the length of the colon and the entire colon is visualized. Biopsies can be performed if needed. ...Read more

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How will doctors know if I have cancer or not?

How will doctors know if I have cancer or not?

Pathologist: Will examine any tissue biopsy that your doctor may take of a suspicious area. Tissue diagnosis is the "gold standard" for diagnosing cancer. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have testicle cancer?

How can I tell if I have testicle cancer?

By feel: Assuming you don't have an undescended one. Get familiar with the normal contents of your scrotum. An enlarged testis or one with a rough bump should prompt a physician's office visit. Other changes, specifically if your not a new teen and are getting breast tissue, may prompt an ultrasound search. Diagnosis made by biopsy (bx), very treatable if caught in time, 1 works as well as 2. ...Read more

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How to know if I have cancer?

How to know if I have cancer?

There are many types: of cancer with a wide variety of potential symptoms. You can re-ask question and clarify symptoms or of course - discuss any disconcerting signs or symptoms with your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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How to know if I have cancer, tht or hepatitis?

How to know if I have cancer, tht or hepatitis?

Blood tests: Cancer is a generalized term for several dozen malignancies that grow in almost organ of the body. If one is looking at the liver in terms of hepatitis, liver tumors that arise in the liver are hepatomas. Viral disorders affecting the liver result in swollen cells, and elevated liver enzymes with the possibility of developing jaundice. Bloodtests and or liver scan will resolve the issue. ...Read more

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How will my doctor know if I have liver cancer?

Scan: The best test to detect liver cancer are MRI with special enhancing contrast. Triple phase ct scan is also a good test at finding liver cancer. Occasionally a blood test AFP can be elevated in liver cancer, but there is not a perfect correlation. ...Read more

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Help doctors! what're your chances of living if you get liver cancer surgery?

Depends on tumor: Nowadays you'll almost certainly leave the hospital alive after surgery. If it's a primary liver cancer and quite small and the surgeons are optimistic about getting it all, you chance of a cure nowadays is probably better than even. Even metastatic disease can be managed for some tumors over years or even decades. You have a right to know the odds from your physician, though, ; decide. ...Read more

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My grandma is diagnosed with liver cancer. She is 70. After biopsy doc says its in d 1st stage. And has to be operated. What r risks? Sirvival rate?

My grandma is diagnosed with liver cancer. She is 70.  After biopsy doc says its in d 1st stage. And has to be operated. What r risks? Sirvival rate?

Acceptable risks: Liver cancer has come a long way and people are doing much better. For stage i cancer, the risk profile is such that she is much more likely to survive the operation and live a normal life than if she were to do nothing at all. I can't just give you a number because risk profiles are based on a patient's health status and many other factors, but generally speaking for stage i, surgery is fine. ...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?

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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Need doctor's help! will liver cancer cause swelling in a leg?

Need doctor's help! will liver cancer cause swelling in a leg?

Yes it can: Swelling in the legs can occur due to many different liver ailments such as liver failure, blood clots in the legs or blood clots in the veins of the abdomen as well as veins in the liver itself as these veins are often compressed or invaded by the liver cancer resulting in swelling in the abdomen and in the legs.. ...Read more

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Hi doctors i am scared that light colored stools indicate liver cancer please help me ?

Hi doctors i am scared that light colored stools indicate liver cancer please help me
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See answer: Very pale or clay colored stools can indicate: 1-obstruction of the biliary tree by gallstones,pancreatic or biliary malignancy. 2-hepatitis 3- medication side effect. It would be unlikely at your ago to have liver cancer. If your concerned speak with your doctor for a routine blood test to detect liver problems ...Read more

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Hi doctor doesn't liver cancer associate with light colored stool? if not why not

Hi doctor doesn't liver cancer associate with light colored stool? if not why not

Bile: The color in stool is mostly due to bile and some ingested materials. Light colored stools may occur if there is obstruction to the flow of bile. Liver cancer is not generally associated with obstruction to the flow of bile. You are too young to worry about liver cancer. People at risk of liver cancer those with chronic Hep B or Hep C infection and alcoholics. ...Read more

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Hi doctor i have anxiety over light colored stools indicating liver cancer pleases help me feel better?

See below: There is no association between light colored stools and liver cancer. Get Hepatitis B vaccine. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Birth control pills heighten the chances of liver cancer? A friend is in stage 4 cancer, the doctor blames bc pills. This worries me bc I am on bc

Birth control pills heighten the chances of liver cancer? A friend is in stage 4 cancer, the doctor blames bc pills. This worries me bc I am on bc

Possible low risk: Contraceptives are known to cause benign ' adenomas ' which may can cause liver bleeding . There may be slight increase of incidence of liver cancer for those who are on contraceptives for 5 or more yeas . Estrogens known to inhibit bilirubin and bile acid production which may be the cause . If you are concerned see your doctor for other alternative method of birth control . ...Read more

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Urgent, doctors :'( my mom has metastases liver cancer, lung and bone nearby left thigh found tumors. Just found out few days ago, is stage 4. How?

Urgent, doctors :'( my mom has metastases liver cancer, lung and bone nearby left thigh found tumors. Just found out few days ago,  is stage 4. How?

This is too: Common. Some cancers are quiet until they infest other organs, and it is these organs working poorly or hurting that causes the cancer to be known. Some cancers can have life extended by treatment (prostate and breast), others can be treated to relieve symptoms. But for most, it means time to focus on comfort and symptom relief rather than rigorous treatment. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What’s the best treatment for liver cancer? My aunt was diagnosed with liver cancer and i’m wondering what’s the first, best treatment? Her doctor says chemo, but we want her to get a second opinion.

It's : It's really difficult to answer this question without much more detailed information. There are many options for treating liver cancer, including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery (including liver transplant), but the most appropriate option in your aunt's case depends on a great many variables that are unknown to me. Systemic chemotherapy is usually of pretty limited value if the cancer in question is hepatocellular carcinoma. On the other hand, it might be very effective for metastatic disease. I see that you're in ann arbor, mi. I would suggest that you contact the liver tumor clinic at the university of michigan. They have a multidisciplinary team that will be able to provide whatever type of treatment is most appropriate. ...Read more

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How long does one 5cm large liver cancer tumor grow to spread? Doctor suggested surgery but dad wants to know how long can he wait before surgery?

Don't wait: Length of time depends on the proximity of the cancer to structures that would allow it to spread. Your oncologist and surgeon can give an estimate, but it is not usually beneficial to wait with a cancer. ...Read more

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I take 5 to 10 mg for my inabality to sleep.It is not working. I have liver cancer and bone very thin, what should I do?

I take 5 to 10 mg for my inabality to sleep.It is not working. I have liver cancer and bone very thin, what should I do?

5-10mg of what?: You didn't mention the medicine you're taking 5-10 mg of to help your sleep -- but you say it's "not working." your best bet is to talk with your doctors about this, and see what they recommend. With liver problems, care is needed about the dose of whatever you do take. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How long does it take for MRI results if I have liver cancer?

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How long does it take for MRI results if I have liver cancer?

A few days: The MRI is usually read by the radiologist within 24-48 hours after having been completed. It may take a day or two to get the results to the ordering physician. You should be able to get the results from that office by calling and requesting the results. ...Read more

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I have liver cancer took one dose of 4mg methadone @6am how long till I can take 60 mg OxyContin I am discontinuing methadone ?

I have liver cancer took one dose of 4mg methadone @6am how long till I can take 60 mg OxyContin I am discontinuing methadone ?

Sorry to hear...: For cancer-related pain management, the dose and frequency of taking pain medication should be individualized according to the effectiveness of pain relief and the level of sedation, which may pose its pertinent risk to fall or self-injury. In general, try take it every 4-6 hrs, watch, and see. If something unexpected and undesirable emerges, go to urgent care timely. ...Read more

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I am scared I have liver cancer or tumor? I have been feeling weird for 3 years like disoriented and just not right and uncomfortable, well i got a blood test and it say my liver count is 75 which is slightly high, I am panicing because I have to get an u

I am scared I have liver cancer or tumor? I have been feeling weird for 3 years like disoriented and just not right and uncomfortable, well i got a blood test and it say my liver count is 75 which is slightly high, I am panicing because I have to get an u

Do not panic: I don't know what liver count you are talking about. I suspect you do not have cancer since your symptoms have been going on for 3 years. Talk with your doctor about how you can rule this out with blood tests (afp, afpl3%, dcp) and imaging (ultrasound or ct or mri). ...Read more

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Ct w/contrast. Low attenuation throughout the hepatic parenchyma. Blood is ALKP 90 ALT 45 AST 28 CRP 1.7. Do I have liver cancer?

Not the right tests: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the tests you reported on are not correct ones for diagnosing liver cancer. Serum alpha feto protein level may help. From the info you provided, it is unlikely that you have liver cancer. ...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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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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Liver Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that begins in the ...Read more