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Is there a known cause of liver cancer?

Is there a known cause of liver cancer?

Yes there are many: Almost 80% of liver cancers are due to underlying chronic hepatitis b and hepatitis c virus infection. Other significant risk factors include cirrhosis and hereditary hemochromatosis. ...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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Want to know what are the causes of liver cancer?

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 are the causes and risk factors for liver cancer?

What are the causes and risk factors for liver cancer?

Several: There is a some genetic preponderance, but lifestyle really has much more to do with it. Diseases such as viral hepatitis can increase the risk dramatically. Chronic alcohol abuse and cirrhosis also increase the risk. There are certain genetic diseases which then lead to liver cancer. Smoking also increases the risk. ...Read more

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What is the difference between primary and secondary liver cancer ?

What is the difference between primary and secondary liver cancer ?

Where cancer started: A primary liver cancer began in the liver. The original cell that turned cancerous was from the liver. A secondary liver cancer began somewhere else and spread to the liver. ...Read more

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Is hepatoma (primary liver cancer) a particularly dangerous cancer?

Is hepatoma (primary liver cancer) a particularly dangerous cancer?

Yes: Hepatocellular carcinoma is the 5th leading cancer worldwide. Risk factors are cirrhosis and/or hepatitis. Commonly asymptomatic, hcc is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage. Most patients are beyond cure at diagnosis. Many patients have poor liver function and cannot tolerate aggressive treatment. Survival rate can be >50% at 5 yrs for surgical candidates but is 1 year or less in most patients. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does someone in the final stages of terminal primary liver cancer have left?

I'm wondering how long does someone in the final stages of terminal primary liver cancer have left?

Difficult to : Predict. It is not feasible to provide an estimate of the time as tumors often behave in unexpected ways. Late stage primary liver cancer is general has a poor prognosis. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000280.htm. ...Read more

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What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

Etoh, hepatitis, etc: Alcohol and hepatitis c are the most common causes of cirrhosis in the us. Worldwide, hepatitis b is #1 etiology. Other causes include toxins, heart failure, inflammatory autoimmune diseases, or unknown causes in about 30% of cases (idiopathic). Hepatocellular cancer (primary liver ca) can occur in long standing cirrhosis from any cause but more so in a background of hepatitis b or c infection. ...Read more

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Can liver cancer can cause coma?

Can liver cancer can cause coma?

Yes: Liver failure can happen if there is enough damage caused by cancer. Toxins such as ammonia can accumulate and a patient can develop confusion (encephalopathy) and ultimately coma and death. ...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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What can cause liver cancer in a 5 year old child? Isn't that very young?

What can cause liver cancer in a 5 year old child?  Isn't that very young?

Hepatoblastoma: Liver cancers are very rare in kids (<2 cases per million annually), but they do happen. Most common form is hepatoblastoma, followed by hepatocellular carcinoma. Inherited syndromes are thought to be the main risk factors for the development of liver cancer in childhood. Parents' exposures are not clearly defined. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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