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Is There A Way To Screen People With Hepatitis C To Check For Liver Cancer
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
MD, SONO, AFP lab: Liver cancer (ca) in hep c generally occurs if there is cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver. Hep b can get ca without cirrhosis. Check with md for viral load, genotype, other possible hep viruses, other causes chronic liver disease (autoimmune, iron, copper disease). May need liver biopsy to decide on need for rx (and type). Sonogram (no xrays), Alpha feto protein (afp, tumor marker). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cirrhosis: Hepatitis c commonly causes chronic liver disease. Over time, if untreated, and with ongoing inflammation, can lead to scarring (cirrhosis). Hep c patients with cirrhosis are at increased risk for liver cancer. Goals of rx are to get rid of virus, stop the inflammation, prevent the scarring, and prevent cancer as well as liver failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HCC Risk with HCV: Hepatitis c (hcv) infection leads to liver inflammation and liver scarring. Advanced liver scarring is also called cirrhosis. Patients with hcv and cirrhosis are at a higher risk for liver cancer and should be screened by their physicians for liver cancer. Patients with successful eradication of their hcv and cirrhosis will need to continue liver cancer screening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Hepatitis c is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver. This inflammation and cirrhosis (scarring) can lead to primary liver cancer also known as hepatocellular carcinoma. About 20% of people who contract hep c will develop cirrhosis, and about 20% of those will go on to develop cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, it can.: Any type of long-standing irritation to the liver can cause cancer. These types of irritation include iron overload, alcohol overuse, and yes, hepatitis exposure. Basically, the body attacks cells with the hepatitis c virus inside. The body heals, and when this happens many times over the years, the new liver cells are disorganized in how they grow, to the point that they form cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HOPEFULLY NEVER: Roughly 20 yrs for Hep C to lead to cirrhosis. And cirrhosis is just a risk factor for liver cancer, not everyone with cirrhosis develops liver cancer. Most importantly is the fact that there are treatments to help eradicate Hep C and prevent cirrhosis and cancer. Recommendation is to see a Hepatologist - liver specialist. ...Read more
Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more
Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more
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