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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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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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What is the difference between liver cancer & cirrhosis of the liver? I have been diagnosed with primary biliary ciffhosis stage 4.

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 more

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I want to know what is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

I want to know what is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Cancer vs. benign: Primary cancer of the liver, or cancerous tumors that spread from another site to the liver, are malignant growths. Cirrhosis is a benign condition of the liver from alcohol abuse or hepatitis virus, among other causes. Cirrhosis can lead to liver failure or even cause primary liver cancer. ...Read more

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

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

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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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Need advice on what is the the difference between liver cancer and liver tumors?

Need advice on what is the the difference between liver cancer and liver tumors?

Tumors are by: Definition anything that takes up space in the body. So tumors can be neoplasms, which can be either benign or malignant. Cancer is type of malignancy. It can spread both locally and to distant organs. Liver cancer is a type of malignant tumor of liver. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Is there any difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Yes: Cirrhosis from some causes (hepatitis b / c, hemochromatosis, less likely alcohol) can become complicated by primary liver cancer. Cirrhosis itself is bad scarring of the liver, while liver cancer is a clone of liver cells growing out of control and eventually learning to invade. ...Read more

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Is hepatoma (primary liver cancer) a particularly dangerous cancer?

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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I'm wondering how long does someone in the final stages of terminal primary liver cancer have left?

I'm wondering how long does someone in the final stages of terminal primary liver cancer have left?

Difficult to : Predict. It is not feasible to provide an estimate of the time as tumors often behave in unexpected ways. Late stage primary liver cancer is general has a poor prognosis. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000280.htm. ...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 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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My mum (80s) has primary liver cancer. Prognosis? How much time does she have to live?

Depend on # and size: Hepatocellular carcinoma is not common but most often the result of Hep B or C virus. If small and localized can be treated by microwave ablation in up to 3 lesions. Other approaches include chemo-embolization since the tumor grows off arterial supply to liver and hepatocytes require portal blood. More recently radioactive microspheres have been employed successfully . ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mum in her eighties has primary liver cancer. what is the prognosis, how much time does she have to live?

What do you suggest if my mum in her eighties has primary liver cancer. what is the prognosis, how much time does she have to live?

Many treatments: Usual cause of primary liver tumor, hepatoma is cirrhosis especially resulting from Hep C. If she has that she should get the new antihepC meds. If the lesion is under 5 cm. and solitary, it can be treated by microwave ablation Otherwise intra arterial hepatic artery delivery of Yt radiolabelled microspheres delivered into the liver artery can help. If lesion solitary. resection can be tried. ...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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If my mom is in her 80s and has primary liver cancer, how much time does she have to live?

If my mom is in her 80s and has primary liver cancer, how much time does she have to live?

Tough to answer: Sorry to hear it. If she is in good shape she might still be able to have surgery. If not there are some other procedures that might be beneficial. Some centers are looking at targeted radiation treatment. Her survival depends on how advanced her cancer is, and how kind the aging process has been to her. ...Read more

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Is biliary duct cancer a form of primary liver cancer?

Is biliary duct cancer a form of primary liver cancer?

No: Primary liver cancer is when the liver cells themselves, the hepatocytes, transform into cancer cells. Bile duct cancer is when the cells lining the bile duct transform into cancer. Primary liver cancer tends to grow large nodules in one place, and doesn't give a lot of symptoms until the tumors are large. Bile duct cancer tends to obstruct the bile ducts and create symptoms, such as jaundice. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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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