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What is the survival rate for liver cancer?

What is the survival rate for liver cancer?

Liver cancer: It really depends on the extent of liver involvement. If the disease involved one live love that can be successfully and completely resected then survival chances improve. For some patients a liver transplant may be the answer. As for most cancers survival depends on a complete resection with negative margins. ...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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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 can I do if my mom has stage 4 liver cancer she's 72 years old. She start treatment next week. What is the survival rate?

What can I do if my mom has stage 4 liver cancer she's 72 years old. She start treatment next week. What is the survival rate?

Difficult to say: If this is liver cancer and not another cancer that has spread to the liver, it is not operable at this point which would be the only way to cure the disease. Liver transplants have been used in this case but again not in stage IV cancer. The survival rate will depend on how well the patient responds to the therapy. Some of the new drugs have improved survival significantly. ...Read more

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My father has an inoperable liver cancer. After 5 months under chemo, he's about to do radioembolisation. In term of survival, does it worth it?

My father has an inoperable liver cancer. After 5 months under chemo, he's about to do radioembolisation. In term of survival, does it worth it?

Ask his Oncologist: The choices of treatment for liver cancer are quite limited. So you should utilize any treatment recommendation if it has the potential to help prolong his life. Chemoembolization or Radioembolization is certainly a potentially useful treatment in many such patients. ...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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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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What do you suggest if my father has secondary liver cancer?

What do you suggest if my father has secondary liver cancer?

Needs a workup: By secondary liver cancer, I assume your father was found to have cancer in the liver which spread there from other another site. If a biopsy is done, it may indicated what kind of cancer is the primary source. Tests like CT scans may help determine where the cancer started and if it has spread to other areas. This information helps the oncologist determine what the treatment options are. ...Read more

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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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Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Colon ca mets: To live is hard to treat because many times the metastasis is on multiple lobe of the liver and cannot be surgically removed. Surgeon only do surgery with the intention of cure if they can remove the metastasis completely. If surgery is not possible you should still consider chemotherapy. The quality of life is still pretty good even if not cured. ...Read more

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My grandma is diagnosed with liver cancer. She is 70. After biopsy doc says its in d 1st stage. And has to be operated. What r risks? Sirvival rate?

My grandma is diagnosed with liver cancer. She is 70. After biopsy doc says its in d 1st stage. And has to be operated. What r risks? Sirvival rate?

Acceptable risks: Liver cancer has come a long way and people are doing much better. For stage I cancer, the risk profile is such that she is much more likely to survive the operation and live a normal life than if she were to do nothing at all.

I can't just give you a number because risk profiles are based on a patient's health status and many other factors, but generally speaking for stage i, surgery is fine. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Not necessarily: Liver cancer is a pretty bad diagnosis, depends whether it is primary or metastatic. There is treatment though including transplant if you are young and in good shape, and there are many other novel treatments as well. You need close follow up with your doctors at this point and to evaluate all the options. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to reduce pain from last stage liver cancer?

How to reduce pain from last stage liver cancer?

Options..: It really depends upon where the pain is coming from, the liver itself or somewhere else. Your oncologist will be able to tell you this. There are multiple treatments for cancer pain including pain meds, radiation therapy, endovascular chemo/y90, etc.. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get liver cancer?

How common is it for somebody to get liver cancer?

Not common: There are essentially 2 types of liver cancer, hepatoma (HCC, malignant liver cells) and cholangiocarcinoma (from the bile duct cells). They are both uncommon in the USA but more common in certain parts of Asia. Risk factors HCC include, hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis (whether alcohol related or not), exposure to aflatoxin (toxin released from certain mold fungus). ...Read more

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What are the frequent tests used to evaluate liver cancer?

What are the frequent tests used to evaluate liver cancer?

Liver Cancer: For screening, it depends on the liver center/physician. At a minimum a liver ultrasound is recommended for patients at risk for liver cancer as recommended by society guidelines. In practice, we alternate a good quality ultrasound with a CT scan or MRI of the liver every 6 months with an AFP blood test. If liver cancer is diagnosed, then a CT scan or MRI is needed to guide treatment. ...Read more

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I heard recently that liver cancer is on the rise. Is that true?

I heard recently that liver cancer is on the rise. Is that true?

Yes: Overall, it is, but it's still pretty rare. Some studies show that it may be related to the rise of obesity within the United States. Long-term obesity causes unhealthy fat deposits within the liver, which can lead to scarring, cirrhosis, and finally liver cancer after many years. The other causes for liver cancer include alcohol abuse and exposure to certain viruses. ...Read more

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What if you have stage four liver cancer and you just found out?

Depends...: If this cancer is a primary stage 4 liver cancer, treatments consist mainly of chemotherapy drugs, biologic drugs, radiation therapy or other palliative therapies.
Clinical trials are available.
http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adult-primary-liver/healthprofessional/page6. ...Read more

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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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Are there any symptoms of liver cancer that a person should look out for?

Are there any symptoms of liver cancer that a person should look out for?

Too late: By the time someone has symptoms from liver cancer (weight loss, pain, jaundice, loss of appetite), the cancer is usually advanced. To catch liver cancer at an early stage requires regular check with a doc. If a blood test shows abnormal liver tests, then an ultrasound can be obtained. Those at risk for liver ca, (family history, hep b or hep c) should have regular ultrasounds and lab tests. ...Read more

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Dr., I like to ask what is the highest factor for a person to have liver cancer?

Dr., I like to ask what is the highest factor for a person to have liver cancer?

Risk factor, right?: I'm assuming you were not given thorium dioxide in the 1950's for a radioactive liver scan. Probably hemochromatosis. Hepatitis b is probably second, followed by hepatitis c. Alcohol abuse progressed to cirrhosis is probably a risk factor as well. ...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?

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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What is liver cancer called?

What is liver cancer called?

Hepatoma: There are multiple types of primary liver cancers, the short name for the commonest hepatocellular carcinoma is hepatoma. There are also cancers of the biliary tract, that are generally adenocarcinomas. The commonest cancer in the liver is metastatic cancer from multiple site, e.g., colon, lung, breast, prostate, pancreas and stomach etc. ...Read more

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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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What is stage 4 liver cancer?

What is stage 4 liver cancer?

Metastasis: It means that the cancer has migrated to other organs or sites in the body. Systematic treatment (chemo) since surgical resection or transplant is no longer an option. ...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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How can you prevent liver cancer?

How can you prevent liver cancer?

Avoid risk factors: The best identified risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma are hepatitis b and c and alcoholic cirrhosis. Avoidance of these risk factors reduces the risk of developing the disease. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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