Is liver cancer on the rise?

Yes. It is on the rise because more patients with hepatitis c are getting older. So the incidence of cirrhosis and liver cancer are increasing.
Yes. Liver cancer incidence (or HCC) is on the rise in the US due to the epidemic of hepatitis C, the migration of immigrants with hepatitis B to the US, and the epidemic of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. All are risk factors for HCC.

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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...
Yes. See this site for the statistical information. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5917a3.htm. Read more...

If total bilirubin high with metastic liver cancer pt, but other liver tests normal this mean liver damaging / failing? And does it continue to rise. No bile blocked

Depends on. level of bilirubin, but in general metastatic cancer has a poor prognosis. Isolated bilirubin elevation can be caused by obstruction or hemolysis. Consult with your oncologist for specific details regarding prognosis in your case. Read more...

My dad has an advanced liver cancer an dis taking nexavar (sorafenib) for 3 months. The AFP keeps rising. Does that absolutely mean the cancer is growing?

Possible. Elevation of tumor maker AFP in most of the time is an indication of additional tumor , of course a additional tests also needed to come to that conclusion , speak to his doctor for more information. Read more...

Metastic liver cancer pt- bilirubin keeps rising but no blocked bile duct. What will happen?

High bilirubin.. ..in the blood causes jaundice..the yellowish discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes and whites of the eyes. Trying to stall the cancer with chemotherapy is one approach; stenting to bypass a blockage is also done, but apparently not in your case. The main symptom of jaundice is itching treated with antihistamines, cholestyramine, anti-depressants, topicals incl steroids. All the best.. Read more...
Be strong, KanabarT. Again, please forgive my frankness. You have written perhaps a dozen times describing a variety of events that are typical of the last stages of metastatic colorectal cancer. There is no predicting the time of death, which may be weeks away, but with rising kidney function tests, thrombocytopenia, and dehydration, perhaps it is time to have a frank talk with the physician about comfort measures. Read more...

What is liver cancer?

HCC. There are many types of cancers that can develop in or spread to the liver. The most common type is hepatocellular carcinoma and it is usually the type referred to when someone talks about "liver cancer". Read more...
Cancer. Liver cancer is an uncontrolled growth of liver cells due to disregulation of the mechanisms which control cell reproduction. It can be caused by chronic inflammation of the liver due to chronic infections, alcoholism, or chronic use of medications which adversely affect the liver. Read more...

Is liver cancer painful?

Not usually. Liver cancer is usually not painful. The condition that leads to liver cancer (chronic hepatitis/cirrhosis) can cause vague pain in the right upper quadrant of the belly. Most liver cancer is picked up in asymptomatic patients by lab tests or by scans. Occasionally a patient will have painless yellowing of the skin due to liver cancer. Read more...

Symptoms of liver cancer?

Varies . Most of the time there will be no symptoms until cancer becomes big enough to cause problems. U may turn yellow along w really dark urine, fatigue, swollen abdomen, legs etc.... Read more...
None. Primary liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (hcc), has no symptoms early on. But most cases of hcc are associated with cirrhosis, the symptoms and signs of which include jaundice, muscle wasting, hepatosplenomegaly, variceal gasteointestinal bleeding, encephalopathy and the development of ascites. Pts with cirrhosis should be screened every 6 mo for hcc with a liver us and an AFP check. Read more...

How common is liver cancer?

Depends on geography. And cancer type. Primary liver cancer is not common in the usa, but it is the most frequent cancer in areas with high prevalence of hepatitis b infection. If metastatic liver cancers are included, then liver cancer is common even in the usa. Read more...

Is liver cancer hereditary?

It can be. Many factors can increase one's risk for primary liver cancer including: chronic infection with hepatitis b or c virus, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, heavy alcohol use, obesity, exposure to certain toxins, and inherited liver diseases that can lead to cirrhosis such as hemochromatosis, wilson's disease, tyrosinemia, Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, glycogen, and porphyria. Read more...