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

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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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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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 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?

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

Dr. James Lin
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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