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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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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. Andrea Brand
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Dr. W. James Chon
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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. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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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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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
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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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Dr. Raymundo Romero
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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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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Debashish Bose
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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. Paul Harper
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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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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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Dr. Sanjay Kumar
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What will happen if a person is having enlarged liver. Does it cause any harmful symptoms. Does this leads to liver cancer?

What will happen if a person is having enlarged liver. Does it cause any harmful symptoms. Does this leads to liver cancer?

Hepatitis: Enlarged liver is seen with liver disease due to various causes, common ones being viral, fatty infiltration or adverse drug effects. A basic evaluation with blood tests and an ultrasound should be initiated by your doctor. Depending on the cause found there may or may not be an association with cancer or cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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How does drinking alcohol cause liver cancer?

How does drinking alcohol cause liver cancer?

Cirrhosis: Is closely linked to hepatoma, and the best way to get cirrhosis is to drink to excess. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Can there be anything that can reverse liver failure caused by secondary liver cancer?

Only: Hope is systemic treatment directed against primary cancer. Liver failure caused by metastatic disease is difficult to treat successfully. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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