liver cancer or fatty liver

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liver cancer or fatty liver

by nickdel on Sun May 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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My father's doctor just told him there is a mass on his liver, about 3cm.  He had colon cancer and a resection about 5 years ago, and apparently that went well.  Then his cea(?) # went up a few months ago so they did all kinds of tests and found this.  The doc wanted to give him an MRI but he has two stents in his chest, so a biopsy is the next step.

But, the doctor also said that maybe it's not cancer and he could have a fatty liver.  I was just wondering if anyone ever got that same message and it turned out they didn't have cancer.  What's the likelihood of a 3 cm mass being an indication of fatty liver and not cancer? Thank you.

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by Virginia123 on Wed May 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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I am 42 years old, I have been on cholosterol meds for some years now. The routine blood tests every 6 months have consistantly showed elevated liver function numbers.My family doc sent me to a liver specialist for further evaluation. He told me he thought I had Fatty liver..not any major problems..My numbers are still elevated, but not to the point they want to do a biopsy just yet. This has been the case for me for about 7 nyears now. Hope everything works out for ya'll.. good luck Rodney

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by suer57 on Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:00 AM

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Don't let it go, get it checked out now, ultrasound, ct, whatever.  It could be nothing, but a fatty liver can lead to cancer.  I went to the doctor because I was itching all over.  Thought it was allergies, doctor did allergy tests, and I also told him I felt tender under my right rib sometimes.  He did some liver tests, they were elevated, only in the 100's but we did a scan and then biopsy.  I have a 10cm (fist size) tumor in the liver.  So my cancer is well advanced when they discovered it, but since the liver is still functioning pretty well the liver tests weren't that high.  You don't have to have extremely high numbers to have cancer.  Get it checked out thouroughly now, NO WAIT AND SEE.  Liver cancer is the hardest to treat, mine is already too late for surgery or transplant.  Chemo doesn't work well for liver cancer, so I'm just trying some of the new medicines out there, otherwise there's not much left to do.  IF it's caught early they can remove it.
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