8 doctors weighed in:

My sister just got diagnosed with liver cirrhosis from years of drinking and abusing prescription medication. Does it ALWAYS lead to liver cancer?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Usually it doesn't.
However, if she does not stop drinking, it is just as deadly as if it was cancer. You already know that there is nothing you can do to change her. I am glad you are there for her should she be able to get her life together and seek you out. Best wishes.

In brief: No

Usually it doesn't.
However, if she does not stop drinking, it is just as deadly as if it was cancer. You already know that there is nothing you can do to change her. I am glad you are there for her should she be able to get her life together and seek you out. Best wishes.
Thank
Dr. Haresh Jhangiani
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: No

alcohol can lead to cirrhosis but alcohol related cirrhosis does not always lead to cancer

In brief: No

alcohol can lead to cirrhosis but alcohol related cirrhosis does not always lead to cancer
Thank
Dr. Larry Eastburn
Family Medicine

In brief: Not always

Hepatocellular cancer, liver cancer, is greatly increased with patients with cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis is associated with hepatocellular cancer in 80 % of the cases. In the United States, cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of death. Abstinence of alcohol, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and other drugs that harm the liver are essential. The diagnosis is usually confirmed by a biopsy of the liver. Good luck , God speed.

In brief: Not always

Hepatocellular cancer, liver cancer, is greatly increased with patients with cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis is associated with hepatocellular cancer in 80 % of the cases. In the United States, cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of death. Abstinence of alcohol, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and other drugs that harm the liver are essential. The diagnosis is usually confirmed by a biopsy of the liver. Good luck , God speed.
Thank
Dr. Thomas Buehner
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: No

cirrhosis can be caused by many situations and alcoholic hepatitis leading to cirrhosis is not uncommon.
this can be a fatal situation. she needs to follow her physician orders. she will benefit from a rehab so that she can stop drinking and drugging. continued drinking alcohol and cirrhosis is a fatal combination. immediately stop using/drinking and needs help now to help her stop.

In brief: No

cirrhosis can be caused by many situations and alcoholic hepatitis leading to cirrhosis is not uncommon.
this can be a fatal situation. she needs to follow her physician orders. she will benefit from a rehab so that she can stop drinking and drugging. continued drinking alcohol and cirrhosis is a fatal combination. immediately stop using/drinking and needs help now to help her stop.
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Crystal Twynham
Board Certified, Surgery
31 years in practice
939K people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available