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Stage 5 Cirrhosis Of The Liver
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?
Need to ask your ono: Your oncologist can help. Anemia can be caused by blood loss(which is common in patients with cirrhosis(GI blood loss due to varices). Poor blood formation is also common(Anemia of chronic disease). Blood transfusion can help the pateint. Keep Hemoglobin near 10 Grams. There is some treatment for Liver cancer that could be tried(the medicine is called Nexavar(Sorafenib) ...Read more
No: Most people do not develop these complications. In fact, these complications are extremely rare in people who are adequately evaluated and treated at an early stage. We see cirrhosis and liver cancer in people who are usually unaware that have hepatitis b until it is advanced and causes symptoms. This can take decades to occur and may never occur in most people. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It depends: There are a lot of factors involved. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed, your doctor may be able to give you an estimate, but it is only that and depends on how advanced, what treatments are possible and how the person's body responds to them. It can be upwards of a year in some cases (without transplant or other treatment), or so critical that it can be weeks to months. Ask your doctor. ...Read more
Need more info: Stage 3 = bridging fibrosis (scarring of the liver) which is the stage before cirrhosis = stage 4, so stage 3 is not cirrhosis, however you could have had complications like fluid build up (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), vomiting blood (esophageal varices) that might make your "stage 3" an underestimate (meaning you might be close to stage 4). Discuss with your liver doctor! ...Read more
Many things: Cirrhosis is a scarring of liver tissue that results from chronic liver disease and leads to a decline in liver function. The most common causes of cirrhosis include chronic alcohol use, hepatitis b and c, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Autoimmune disorders, medications, metabolic disorders, and biliary disorders may also lead to cirrhosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Was is the life expectancy of a Woman with NASH cirrhosis recently diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer exhibiting grade 3 hepatic encephalopathy.
Poor prognosis: Regretfully, Stage 4 disease is associated with spread of the liver cancer to minimally nearby lymph nodes, and probably through into blood vessels. The treatment is typically chemotherapy, with/without embolization. The presence of an encephalopathic clinical picture also portends to a guarded at best prognosis. Please consult with a specialist care team to determine therapeutic options. ...Read more
Liver insufficiency: Cirrhosis is a chronic condition & means that there is fibrosis constricting the arteries. Veins and billiary ducts of the liver causing dysfunction. Cirrhosis is the end of the spectrum of hepatitis b or c and alcoholism. Cirrhosis may degenerate in cancer of the liver too. Liver failure may be caused acutely by toxicity from drugs, medications, venoms, lack of circulation to the liver, injuries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is stag 1 cirrhosis of the liver (due to alcohol) considered cancer.
My meld (model for end stage liver disease) score is 9-10 according to my doctor?
No: Cirrhosis is not cancer. It is considered an end-stage fibrotic (scarring) process of liver following injury due to a variety of causes (alcohol, hepatitis c or b, biliary disease and a few other less common causes. It does put you at risk though of getting liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma). I am confused though by what you state: do you have stage 1 fibrosis or stage 4 (cirrhosis)? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What is the difference between liver cancer & cirrhosis of the liver? I have been diagnosed with primary biliary ciffhosis stage 4.
Different problems: Cirrhosis is a complex scarring of the liver that results in disruption of both the liver cells, which must accomplish a large number of tasks, and the flow of the "rivers" in the liver that help accomplish that, by putting scars across them. The cells inside these inflamed and scarred areas are more prone to mutate and become cancerous, so that cirrhosis may lead to cancer of the liver.Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Stage 4 is a histological (microscopic) term that denotes the presence of established cirrhosis in the liver. Cirrhosis itself may be asymptomatic or may develop symptoms of liver failure, such as jaundice, ascites, bleeding or encephalopathy, among others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is Albumin of 28 g/l and bilirubin of 86 umol/L indicating liver damage or failure in metastic crc patient ?
Need more info.: It's impossible to analyze individual lab values without knowing more, such as the normal ranges at that lab and other medical history at the time of the blood draw. You should ask your doctor for his opinion of those labs. An alternative would be to upload the labs here on HealthTap Prime and have one of our doctors interpret them for you, in the context of your medical history. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is life expectancy for liver cancer stage 4, cirrhosis from hepatitis C and developed lung and spline cancer, age is 70 ?
Unpredictable: It is not possible to provide a time line as tumors and patients all behave differently. However, the clinical picture you provided is of a terminally ill patient. ...Read more
Depends on liver #'s: You can get average survival or mortality data from tools used initially for determining surgical candidates or risk. Search online for childs-pugh calculator and prognosis (fluid in the belly is called ascites) (and compare with meld calculator and prognosis). You will need to talk to your doctor about individualizing data from these calculations to see if they even apply to your situation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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