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When cirrhosis gets to stage 4 does it turn into liver cancer? Im confused..

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
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In brief: Liver cirrhosis & ca

Hepatocellular carcinoma (malignant hepatoma) is most common type of liver cancer, & most cases are secondary to either viral hepatitis or cirrhosis.
This tumor is rare in usa. Main risk factors are alcoholism, hepatitis b or c, wilson's disease, type 2 diabetes with obesity, & hemochromatosis.

In brief: Liver cirrhosis & ca

Hepatocellular carcinoma (malignant hepatoma) is most common type of liver cancer, & most cases are secondary to either viral hepatitis or cirrhosis.
This tumor is rare in usa. Main risk factors are alcoholism, hepatitis b or c, wilson's disease, type 2 diabetes with obesity, & hemochromatosis.
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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
The connection between cirrhosis and cancer is that repeated injury to liver cells, and the liver's attempt to repair the damage seems to predispose to liver cancer. As noted, many different kinds of liver injury can do this, especially if the damage is sufficient to cause cirrhosis.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Liver cirrhosis has to do with changes that happen to the liver usually over a long period and causes the liver to turn fibrous and to stop working.
That creates a situation whereby blood trying to get thru the liver becomes backed up. Then, all havoc usually breaks loose. It also affects a person's ability to stay nourished. Liver cancer may occur in a liver with cirrhosis or it may not.

In brief: No

Liver cirrhosis has to do with changes that happen to the liver usually over a long period and causes the liver to turn fibrous and to stop working.
That creates a situation whereby blood trying to get thru the liver becomes backed up. Then, all havoc usually breaks loose. It also affects a person's ability to stay nourished. Liver cancer may occur in a liver with cirrhosis or it may not.
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