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What could (HCC)mean after a persons health condition,example-Cachexia(HCC) or Pancytopenia(HCC)?

What could (HCC)mean after a persons health condition,example-Cachexia(HCC) or Pancytopenia(HCC)?

See below: In medicine HCC is a shorthand for hepatocellular carcinoma. It is not clear if that term is applicable to the your circumstance. You may consult this site for more information:
https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000280.htm ...Read more

Dr. Michael Ginsburg
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Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Definition)

Hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) is a Cancer arising from the Liver. It often occurs in in people who have a chronically damaged liver due to infection with Hepatitis B or hepatitis C Virus or it can be due to use of excessive alcoho, drinking that leads to Cirrhosis which then makes you more prone ...Read more


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I have breast cancer-Her 2 positive, progesterone & estrogen positive. On my health record it shows I have breast cancer (HCC). What does HCC mean?

I have breast cancer-Her 2 positive, progesterone & estrogen positive. On my health record it shows I have breast cancer (HCC). What does HCC mean?

IHC?: Does it say IHC? Immunohistochemistry. Immunohistochemistry is an array of stains used to confirm a specific type of cancer. They probably used this to tell if estrogen and progesterone positive. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Chart reads breast cancer (HCC) (worded exactly). What does the HCC mean? Is it only Hepatocellular carcinoma?

Chart reads breast cancer (HCC) (worded exactly). What does the HCC mean? Is it only Hepatocellular carcinoma?

I don't know: It is probably a local abbreviation that means something; was it perhaps diagnosed at Harvard Cancer Center? As eager as we are to answer, this is the wrong place to bring a question like this. ...Read more

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What is the cure for hcc?

What is the cure for hcc?

Many Options: There are multiple treatment options for HCC that are selected in a multidisciplinary approach based on staging & therapy stratification. Most patients are candidates for minimally invasive imaging guided loco-regional therapies.

Local ablation for early stage tumors is an excellent alternative to surgical resection with lower complication rates, similar overall survival & disease-free survival. ...Read more

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My husband has end stage hcc. He has been having to have a paracentisis every week now. Judging from this information, how long would you say he has?

Unclear: Sorry about your husband. Signs that time is shortening are symptoms that the body is slowing down, not necessarily how often receiving paracentesis. Examples include sleeping more, eating less, less energy, flat affect, sitting or in bed most of the time. Ask for palliative or hospice help if not already in place. Ask your docs about safety/possibility of a permanent drain to drain at home. ...Read more

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What is Cachexia when shown on a persons diagnosed health issue's with health provider(CMS/HCC)possibly be/mean?

Severe weight loss: Cachexia is a body description of severe weight loss. It can be from malnutrition or from too many calories being consumed (like cancer or hyperthyroid) ...Read more

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Can liver cancer hcc spread quickly?

Can liver cancer hcc spread quickly?

Yes: An aggressive hepatocellular carcinoma is likely to be in the lungs and elsewhere by the time it's detected. ...Read more

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Its been 3 weeks post tace for stage4 hcc for my father. Fever is not getting subsided even now. I'm worried, please comment, is it normal ?

Its been 3 weeks post tace for stage4 hcc for my father. Fever is not getting subsided even now. I'm worried, please comment, is it normal ?

Fever from TACE: After chemoembolization it is common to have post embo syndrome which includes fever. This far out, fever is unusual and would make most providers concerned about hepatic abscess. Labs and repeat imaging should be performed. Contact the provider who did the embolization or call your oncologist. ...Read more

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2cm liver lesion. Think it's FNH. Rescan next week. A lot of pressure on upper right side of abdomen. Could FNH be mistaken for HCC?? Very scared.

2cm liver lesion. Think it's FNH. Rescan next week. A lot of pressure on upper right side of abdomen. Could FNH be mistaken for HCC?? Very scared.

Yes but: stastistic is on your side
chance of FNH is much more likely than HCC
you have a lot of reason to have FNH being a female may be used BCP in the past
you have no reason what so ever for HCC
even if you have FCC the lesion is so small you will be cured by surgery
i am betting on the FNH and i think i will win
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My father 62 year is being treated with stage4 hcc. Tace is done 3 week s ago. He has been put on nexavar (sorafenib). How much time left for him. Please help?

It varies: Hcc is a serious disease with a variable survival depending on his liver functions( child pugh score). Average surviival is 6-12 months, with occasional surviors living up to two years. ...Read more

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Father 62yr old with multi tumors hcc took tace on feb15 but still getting everyday fever by evening. How long it takes fever to subside ?

Father 62yr old with multi tumors hcc took tace on feb15 but still getting everyday fever by evening. How long it takes fever to subside ?

Fever post TACE: The fever develops from the induced killing of the tumor tissue i.e. Infarction so it should subside by three days if persists either from the cancer itself or from developing an abscess after the tace session. ...Read more

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How long tace fever side effect last. It's been 10 days my father is still feverish. Is this normal to have fever such long time after tace for hcc ?

How long tace fever side effect last. It's been 10 days my father is still feverish. Is this normal to have fever such long time after tace for hcc ?

I some what agree: A fever up to 101 degrees f is expected for a period of 14 days after tace due to the necrosis (death) of the tumor. If there are other symptoms at this time, ie shaking chills, altered level of consciousness or low blood pressure, call your referring doctor or better still both the reffering and interventionalist performing the procedure.Or after two weeks, . ...Read more

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Take 5000mcg biotin/day for hair & read it can falsely elevate AFP tumor marker results for HCC if u don’t stop for 72hrs before. Is this true?

Take 5000mcg biotin/day for hair & read it can falsely elevate AFP tumor marker results for HCC if u don’t stop for 72hrs before. Is this true?

Depends: 1. Taking biotin is not doing you or your hair any good.
2. Taking large amounts of biotin will interfere with some tests that use biotin as part of the reagents for the test.Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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My father had tace for hcc one month ago. He is still getting fever about 100f. No infection found in the tests. How long fever takes to go away ?

My father had tace for hcc one month ago. He is still getting fever about 100f. No infection found in the tests. How long fever takes to go away ?

Could be tumor relat: Fever from tace is usually gone in 1, 2, 3 weeks. If it is still touching 100 degree or higher, it is likely due to tumor which may be growing. I would suggest looking for tumor progression(check serial liver functions/ progressively worsening?) and repeat his liver imaging studies with ct scan or MRI to determine the cause of his persistent fever. ...Read more

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Father 61yrs has HCV 10yrs. Now hcc stage 4.After tests doc told that curative methods not suitable and tace suggested. Who eligible for cure methods?

Father 61yrs has HCV 10yrs. Now hcc stage 4.After tests doc told that curative methods not suitable and tace suggested. Who eligible for cure methods?

Go to a cancer ctr: I would suggest you see someone at a dedicated cancer center. There are many curative and palliative treatments for hcc. Tace is one treatment where chemotherapy is injected directly into the tumor through the artery. Seek out a cancer center that has oncologists, surgeons, and interventional radiologists working together to provide the best solution. ...Read more

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I have complete cirrhosis of the liver and just recently found a HCC liver tumor. if I don't get a transplant , what is the life expectancy? rough est

I have complete cirrhosis of the liver and just recently found a HCC liver tumor. if I don't get a transplant , what is the life expectancy? rough est

Liver Cancer: That is a difficult question to answer. Since we do not have all the facts especially concerning your overall health otherwise or your current health it is impossible to say. The best person to talk to about this is the physician who is following you now. I am so sorry that you have been diagnosed with this disease. I hope you are able to get a transplant soon. ...Read more

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Does a new diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma add points to the meld score of a cirrhosis patient? Patient is going to be evaluate for transplant. Hepatologist has not started testing to see if hcc is primary or a metastasis? Shouldn't they be doing

Usually: A diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma often adds "tumor exception points" to the meld score. Unlike most cancers, hepatocellular cancer can be diagnosed based on imaging and laboratory findings without a biopsy. A tumor usually has to reach 2 centimeters in size before it affects the meld score. ...Read more

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Sorafenib decreased platelet count of my father at 72 who's diabetic, diagnosed with hcc & decompensated liver cirrhosis & now unable to take sorafenib?

Sorafenib decreased platelet count of my father at 72 who's diabetic, diagnosed with hcc & decompensated liver cirrhosis & now unable to take sorafenib?

My friend,: ..You paint a very bleak picture. Your dad is elderly and his bad cirrhosis makes it likely that any treatment for his hcc will cause more harm than good. I would respectfully suggest that you guys start focusing on confort measures rather than additional therapy. Of course, I do not know all the details so this is a conversation to have with his treating oncologist. Best to both. ...Read more

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Can liver cancers go undetected in usg? Does ast/alt values has anything to do with hcc? Can u get liver failure without jaundice? I've hypoglycemia

Can liver cancers go undetected in usg? Does ast/alt values has anything to do with hcc? Can u get liver failure without jaundice? I've hypoglycemia

Not really: Liver failure refers to the rapid development of severe acute liver injury with impaired synthetic function and encephalopathy. Jaundice is one sign of synthetic dysfunction. Early on in the course of liver failure, jaundice may not be evident but blood work would be suggestive. ...Read more

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Hcc stage 4, portal vein thrombosis and vascular participation AFP 70 GGT 350, age 80, no treatment is done. No physical symptoms. Prognosis?

Hcc stage 4, portal vein thrombosis and vascular participation AFP 70 GGT 350, age 80, no treatment is done. No physical symptoms. Prognosis?

Many factors: PVT and and age alone does not indicate prognosis. Child's score, performance status and the BCLC scoring system can help determine this. A multi-disciplinary team should review. In a patient with good performance status and PVT, with good liver function. AlB above 3.0, Tbili less than 2.0, could be treated with Y-90 therasphere and or Sorafenib. ...Read more

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Can some survive hepatocellular carcinoma?

Can some survive hepatocellular carcinoma?

Yes: When i was in med school, it was almost always fatal. Now we're often curing them through early detection and especially teamwork by radiologists and surgeons. ...Read more

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What are signs of hepatocellular carcinoma?

What are signs of hepatocellular carcinoma?

No...: In its early stage, the patient virtually has no symptoms at all. The key to its diagnosis is still professional alertness notably for someone with hepatitis - b, -c, liver cirrhosis, chronic alcohol use, with known abnormal finding in liver function test. These patients are advised to have periodic follow-up with blood tests and liver ultrasound study.

Any doubt, see an expert timely.

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Hasanyone survived hepatocellular carcinoma?

Yes: Depending on the stage of the cancer and the response to treatment (surgical or nonsurgical methods), patients can survive hcc. There are also establish methods to predict survival in patients with hcc that develops in the setting of underlying liver disease, like hepatitis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hepatocellular carcinoma?

What are the tests for hepatocellular carcinoma?

Biopsy: Usually a biopsy but a ct or MRI can usually give a good idea or rule it out. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hepatocellular carcinoma?

Often asymptomatic: Since the liver is so resilient, hcc can be asymptomatic until late stages. When symptoms are present they will manifest as nausea, taste disturbances, fatigue and sometimes jaundice. ...Read more

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Is it possible to survive hepatocellular carcinoma?

Is it possible to survive hepatocellular carcinoma?

Yes: The factors that favor a good outcome are small tumor size, no infections with Hepatitis B and C, being older than 5, good liver function (no liver failure), no inflammation (normal CRP blood test), no spread of cancer, surgery intended to "cure" the cancer, size of tumor ...Read more

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How often have people survived hepatocellular carcinoma?

How often have people survived hepatocellular carcinoma?

Depends on therapy: Its really therapy dependent. Most hcc are related to cirrhosis, usually extensive and multiple and not amenable to therapy. Only early hcc can be amenable to resection and or liver transplant. Transplant is curative, as can be resection in the absence of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How long does a person with hepatocellular carcinoma usually live?

Depends on the stage: Liver cancer that is limited to the liver is associated with a number of treatment options and years of life expectancy. Since hcc usually occurs in patients with underlying liver disease, treatment must often be balanced with any potential detriment of treatment to a vulnerable liver substance. Liver transplant remains a viable option for many patients with hcc and liver disease. ...Read more