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Is liver cancer painful?

Is liver cancer painful?

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

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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Symptoms of liver cancer?

Symptoms of liver cancer?

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

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Is liver cancer hereditary?

Is liver cancer hereditary?

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

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Is liver cancer on the rise?

Is liver cancer on the rise?

Yes: It is on the rise because more patients with hepatitis C are getting older. So the incidence of cirrhosis and liver cancer are increasing. ...Read more

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What is stage 5 liver cancer?

What is stage 5 liver cancer?

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

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How can liver cancer be cured?

How can liver cancer be cured?

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

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What can I expect from liver cancer?

What can I expect from liver cancer?

Nothing good: Liver cancer often arises in the background of liver cirrhosis due to alcohol, hepatitis c, hemochromatosis etc. A small number of liver cancers may be curable with resection or liver transplant, but generally the prognosis is not good. ...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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What are the symptoms for liver cancer?

What are the symptoms for liver cancer?

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

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Why are liver cancer survival rates low?

Why are liver cancer survival rates low?

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

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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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Want to know what are the causes of liver cancer?

Various: Hepatocellular carcinoma is famously caused by chronic hepatitis b, c and iron overload; if alcohol is a risk it's less. Angiosarcomas from vinyl chloride. The thorotrast nightmare is mostly over. Cholangiocarcinomas flourish where there are liver flukes, and in autoimmune bile duct disease. ...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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What are the chances of a person that had liver cancer returning to surfing?

What are the chances of a person that had liver cancer returning to surfing?

Excellent: There are a variety of types of liver cancer, including many for which we are now commonly getting cures or long-term remissions. I'm not your doctor, but like you, I cherish life -- and intend to enjoy it and be fulfilled. I've known people with livers studded with incurable cancer who've still enjoyed themselves physically and been able to do sports. I admire you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer curable?

Is liver cancer curable?

Yes: Liver cancer, can be cured with liver transplant. No other modalities are curative, just palliative. Palliative therapies include cryablation, chemoembolization and nexavar (sorafenib). ...Read more

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Is liver cancer treatable?

Usually it is.: Not all liver tumors are liver cancer. The treatment of liver cancer depends on the size and number of the tumors, as well as how healthy the rest of the liver is. Patients with early stage liver cancer are often candidates for potentially curative operations. Patients with more advanced liver cancer may be candidates for non-surgical destruction of the tumors versus liver transplantation. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for liver cancer yet?

Is there a cure for liver cancer yet?

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

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Could there be a cure for liver cancer?

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

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What are the mortality rates for liver cancer?

What are the mortality rates for liver cancer?

Probably not good.: These cancers usually arise from cirrhotic liver in patients in their 5th and 6th decade. This is also related to chronic hepatitis b and c infections. Surgery and transplant can be done if the tumor is localized, but the success rate is low, with a poor prognosis, with patients rarely living more than 1 year. But Hepatitis B Vaccine prevents it, and low alcohol use can help avoid cirrhosis. ...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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Is cirrhosis of the liver cancer?

Is cirrhosis of the liver cancer?

No, but raises risk: Cirrhosis describes the scarring that occurs when the liver has been damaged by hepatitis or alcohol use. Cirrhosis is not cancer, but it is a strong risk factor for the development of liver cancer. In fact, any person with cirrhosis should undergo regular screening to detect the development of cancer. Guidelines recommend a liver ultrasound every 6 months in patients with cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What are treatments for liver cancer?

What are treatments for liver cancer?

Continued: For select types and sizes of tumors liver transplant is an option. ...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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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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Is ablation of liver cancer as good as resection?

No: Not every patient with liver cancer can undergo resection. If one has cirrhosis, there may not be enough liver reserves to undergo surgery. While a resection can be curative, an ablation is mainly palliative or to by time prior to liver transplant. ...Read more

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Why should a liver cancer patient to hallucinate?

Why should a liver cancer patient to hallucinate?

liver fails ; other: Hepatic encephalopathy
this is graded from 0 to 4:
grade 0 (subclinical) - normal mental status, but minimal changes in memory, concentration, intellectual function, co-ordination. Grade 1 - mild confusion, euphoria or depression, decreased attention, slowing of ability to perform mental tasks, irritability, disorder of sleep pattern, such as inverted sleep cycle. Grade 2 - drowsiness, lethargy, g. ...Read more

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Is macroglobular steatosis a form of liver cancer?

Is macroglobular steatosis a form of liver cancer?

No: Steatosis is accumulation of fat, macrogloular means large size globules. ...Read more

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How long does it take for liver cancer metastasize?

We don't know.: Metastatic spread of liver cancer (hcc) usually occurs late in the course of the disease. The larger the tumor, the more likely it has spread outside the liver. Likewise the chance of metastasis increases with increased tumor number. But these correlations are not perfect so we sometimes see large or numerous tumors that have not spread and small, single tumors that have. ...Read more

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Can you be tested for liver cancer while jaundiced?

Can you be tested for liver cancer while jaundiced?

Yes: If you are jaundiced go immediately to your doctor and yes you can be tested. Www. Drlugo. Com. ...Read more

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Is biliary duct cancer a form of primary liver cancer?

Is biliary duct cancer a form of primary liver cancer?

No: Primary liver cancer is when the liver cells themselves, the hepatocytes, transform into cancer cells. Bile duct cancer is when the cells lining the bile duct transform into cancer.

Primary liver cancer tends to grow large nodules in one place, and doesn't give a lot of symptoms until the tumors are large.

Bile duct cancer tends to obstruct the bile ducts and create symptoms, such as jaundice. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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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)

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 ...Read more