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How often should a person with cirrhosis get screened for liver cancer?

How often should a person with cirrhosis get screened for liver cancer?

6 months: Every 6 months with an ultrasound and AFP blood test. We alternate ultrasound with annual ct scan or MRI of the liver at our center as the ultrasound has some limitations in cancer detection. ...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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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 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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My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4?

My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4?

Cirrhosis vs cancer: cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. people with cirrhosis are at risk for liver cancer. it is certainly possible that he has both, though we wouldn't use 'stage 4' for liver cancer but woudl instead say that someone has metastasis. did he have a biopsy? the 'stage 4' is much more likley to refer to degree of scarring, meaning cirrhosis. if he has no liver cancer now, he needs to be screened > ...Read more

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Husband has cirrhosis fibroscan says score is 18. dr checks for liver cancer every 6 months. are his risks higher? if so how much higher?

Husband has cirrhosis fibroscan says score is 18. dr checks for liver cancer every 6 months. are his risks higher? if so how much higher?

Cirrhosis and Cancer: It sounds like he has a prudent doctor who is caring well for him. The risk of liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) is higher in patients with cirrhosis, but the degree of risk varies by the cause. It is highest in those with hepatitis B or C as the underlying cause but lower in patients with alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency-related cirrhosis. High in the case of HBV-related cancer means prhaps 60x higher than normal uninfected people. Duration of infection also matters. ...Read more

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How does cirrhosis cause liver cancer? I have liver cirrhosis, and i’ve read that increases my risk of getting liver cancer. How does that work?

How does cirrhosis cause liver cancer? I have liver cirrhosis, and i’ve read that increases my risk of getting liver cancer. How does that work?

Nobody knows fully: Cirrhosis is both a degenerative and an inflammatory disease. The nodules of abnormal liver tissue are growing abnormally because they are inflamed by whatever caused the cirrhosis (hep viruses, alcohol, auto immune disorder etc.). Chronic inflammation can lead to malignant transformation, and does in 10%+ of cases of long-term cirrhosis. Reducing the inflammation, when possible, is what helps. ...Read more

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What's the chance of getting liver cancer when you have cirrhosis?

What's the chance of getting liver cancer when you have cirrhosis?

Depends: Cirrhosis is an important risk for liver cancer. Estimated risk is 2 to 3% per year with hepatitis c infection, from alcohol, fatty liver disease and hereditary iron overload disease. Someone with hepatitis b infection even without cirrhosis can develop liver cancer. Cancer can also develop in cirrhosis with other type of liver disease, but their risk is unknown. ...Read more

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What is a difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

What is  a difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

See below: Cirrhosis is the replacement of normal tissues in the liver with scar tissue. This affects the functioning of the liver. Liver cancer is when cells in the liver begin growing out of control creating a tumor or mass. ...Read more

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What is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Depends: Liver cancer can arise from cirrhosis which is called a primary liver cancer or hepatocellular cancer (HCC), or a secondary liver cancer meaning the cancer has come from somewhere else in the body (metastatic liver cancer). Either way, you need to see a liver specialist who can suggest options. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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