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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Liver Cancer (Overview)

A primary cancer 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.


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How does liver cancer typically develop? And does alcohol contribute to liver cancer?

How does liver cancer typically develop? And does alcohol contribute to liver cancer?

Various causes: There are various risk factors for liver cancer: genetic predisposition, environmental factors, chronic hepatitis C infection, chronic hepatitis B infection, other types of liver disease. Yes, alcohol use is a risk factor for developing liver cancer too. Avoiding alcohol completely or drinking in moderation is best thing to do. ...Read more

Dr. Carlo Contreras
327 doctors shared insights

Liver Cancer (Overview)

A primary cancer 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.


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What are signs or symptoms of liver cancer?

What are signs or symptoms of liver cancer?

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

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Early signs of liver cancer?

Early signs of liver cancer?

Not many: Hepatocellular cancer usually arises in the setting of cirrhosis, so these folks are (hopefully) watched by their md, otherwise rarely symptomatic until late. Cancer of the bike ducts may cause jaundice early on, but not always before it is also quite advanced. Metastatic cancer in the liver is not typically symptomatic. Pain may indicate a tumor, but again not usually, and often late. ...Read more

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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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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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My father diagnosed liver cancer he is 62 yea cancer spread in portal vain Is it treatable or not?

My father diagnosed liver cancer he is 62 yea cancer spread in portal vain 
Is it treatable or not?

Liver ca: Liver cancer that spreads to portal vein is usually stage 4. However he should visit an oncology surgeon as he has to determine the exact location of the spread ...Read more

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Can any diagnostic tests detect liver cancer in early stages?

Can any diagnostic tests detect liver cancer in early stages?

Yes. Imaging. : The 2 biggest risk factors for primary liver cancer (hcc) are cirrhosis and viral hepatitis. Hcc is often detected by imaging studies performed periodically in patients with cirrhosis. These screening tests may include an ultrasound, ct scan or mri. A tumor marker (AFB) is also checked by drawing a blood sample. Early liver cancer can be cured with resection or, more often, liver transplant. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Is there a more thorough test for liver cancer than biopsy?

Is there a more thorough test for liver cancer than biopsy?

No: Biopsy would be the most definitive diagnostic means to test the cells themselves for any abnormalities. ...Read more

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What happens if the dr. tells you you have liver cancer, is it certain?

What happens if the dr. tells you you have liver cancer, is it certain?

Ask why: There are rogue doctors but generally it's reliable. A radiologist can make the call, sometimes with confidence. Your physician may or may not have to get tissue to confirm that it's cancer and if so, what kind. Ask to know how the call was made & see the documentation. ...Read more

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Can a fatty liver cause liver cancer?

Can a fatty liver cause liver cancer?

It's a start: Fatty liver = steatosis can lead to non alcoholic steatohepatitis which is a chronic inflammation of the liver, this in return can lead to liver cirrhosis which in itself is really the risk factor for liver cancer. This process takes aproximately 20 yrs. ...Read more

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I am a chronic hep b inactive carrier. Dr said i'll get a liver biopsy at some point in my life. Does it mean liver cancer in my future for sure?

I am a chronic hep b  inactive carrier. Dr said i'll get a liver biopsy at some point in my life. Does it mean liver cancer in  my future for sure?

No: According to who, about 25% of people infected as infants with chronic infection develop liver cancer. Needle biopsy will reveal activity of disease allow a better estimate of the risk. See the following for more info. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs204/en/. ...Read more

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How can I treat liver cancer?

How can I treat liver cancer?

Options: The preferred treatment options for early cases are surgical removal and in selected patients liver transplants- these have the best results. For more advanced cases chemotherapy infused into the liver or oral drugs such as sorafenib can be used. ...Read more

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My dad has secondary liver cancer. How is this treated?

Multiple ways: Secondary liver cancer refers to metastatic cancer from some organ such as colon cancer. What spreads to the liver is clonal and stays there only increasing in size. If there are 1 to 3 lesions surgery microwave ablation used. If lesions more numerous or large >5cm. chemoebolization employed with chemo directly into the hepatic artery and the vessel then occluded. Yt microspheres also used. ...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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What is the treatment for liver cancer?

What is the treatment for liver cancer?

Depends: The best treatment for liver cancer is a liver transplant, but not all patients with liver cancer are transplant candidates. If the cancer is too large or spread outside the liver, chemotherapy like nexavarr can be used. Some liver tumors are also treated with freezing-cryoembolization or embolization where chemicals are directly injected into the hepatic artery. ...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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Is it possible to get rid of liver cancer or is it fatal?

Is it possible to get rid of liver cancer or is it fatal?

Depends on stage: Early liver cancer can be effectively treated by surgical removal. The best candidates for surgical removal are patients whose liver tumor has not spread beyond the liver, the size of the liver tumor is small, and the rest of the liver is healthy enough to withstand an operation. Another excellent option for some patients is liver transplantation. Talk with your doctor about your options. ...Read more

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


Dr. John Landi
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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