Tumor Of The Liver

Liver Cancer
Liver cancer is the type of cancer that originates from the liver and it is characterized by malignant hepatic tumors which grow on or in the liver. Symptoms of liver cancer include abdominal pain, abdominal mass, jaundice and at times liver dysfunction. There are different types of liver cancer. The three most common types are hemangiomas, hepatic adenomas and focal nodular hyperplasia.

Hemangiomas is the most common type of benign liver tumor and it starts in the blood vessels. The tumors may be mild or severe. Severe tumors may have to be removed while those that are mild may require no treatment at all.

Hepatic adenomas is another type of liver cancer. Although this type is uncommon, when it occurs it is usually located in the right hepatic lobe. Prognosis for this type is yet to be fully developed. Some signs of this type include spontaneous hemorrhage and rupture.

Focal nodular hyperplasia is the second most common type of tumor of the liver. It occurs when all the constituents of the liver are present, but are presented in an abnormal pattern. This happens in a process called congenital arteriovenous malformation hepatocyte response.

Cancer that develops in the liver can also be a secondary development. It may have started somewhere else and spread to the liver. It can spread in three ways. One is local extension from the tumor to the surrounding tissues. The second is through the bloodstream to distant sites and the third is through the lymphatic system to the neighboring lymph nodes. Cancer of the liver has been associated with breast cancer, esophageal cancer and lung cancer. A recent study suggested that l-carnitine deficiency increases the risk of liver cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have a benign liver tumor. Is there anything I should avoid?
    I have been diagonsed with Focal Nodular Hyperplasia which is a benign tumor of the liver. Is it safe to drink alcohol? Take ibuprofen? Lift weights? These are questions I forgot to ask my doctor and would appreciate some info. I am a 33 yr old female in otherwise very good health.
    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I have had an FNH liver tumor also. I am 26 and healthy. Mine actually was removed 2 months ago because it grew from last year. Normally these tumors do not need to be removed. Mine was rather large (size of a grapefruit), and caused me lots of pain. There is nothing that you need to avoid. Alcohol, ibprofen and exericing are fine. Generally these types of tumors don’t grow, are rather small, and don’t cause any pain or discomfort. I would just get an MRI or CT done (which ever was done originally when it was found) in a year to make sure it is not growing. Hope this helps!

  2. QUESTION:
    A narrow beam of ultrasonic waves reflects off the liver tumor in the figure below. If the speed of the wave i?
    A narrow beam of ultrasonic waves reflects off the liver tumor in the figure below. If the speed of the wave is 7.0% less in the liver than in the surrounding medium, determine the depth of the tumor.
    answer in cm________.

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  3. QUESTION:
    How can I live with liver tumor 13cm in size?
    which covers the entire surface of the liver, along with colon and lung mestasis which at it’s worse comprised of almost 50 small tumors 1 cm in size. I was supposed to die around Xmas 2009

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  4. QUESTION:
    How long is the life expectancy of a 70 year old diagnosed with a Hematoma Liver Tumor? She is terminal.?
    This is my Mother that I am speaking of. She is in denial and that’s OK with me I just don’t want her to suffer. The doctor are not sure as to the time of remaining life. I want to believe she will live for some more time…She seems so very weak…

    • ANSWER:
      A hematoma is basically a big blood clot.

      If your mother has a hematoma in the liver, her prognosis would be better than if she had a cancerous tumor.

      But regardless, there are a lot of “it depends.” How she’ll fare depends on where in the liver the problem is and how it is impacting her liver function.

      The bigger question may be, at age 70, how much intervention is appropriate?

      Regardless, you mother should not have to suffer. Press her physicians for adequate pain control, hydration and nutrition. She should be able to feel, if not well, then at least not horribly sick.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does ES Clear work? My dog has an inoperable liver tumor,he is still in good health, but the tumor is growing.?
    Vet is giving steroid injections.But the prognosis does not look good,he is such a good friend i cannot bear the though of loosing him. Any advise would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      yes most likely but i am terribly sorry my cat had but they were able to operate so it helps to know what kind of cancer e.x large cell so i would recommend going to the veterinary institute in pen. or if your in the washington d/c area there is great hospital for pets called south paws.

  6. QUESTION:
    My dog showed sadness a few times, that he never showed before. In a few months he died of a liver tumor,?
    We were not aware of his tumor until almost the end of his life. Was his sadness, at times a sign of him suffering pain or depression—or both ?

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely. A friend’s dog was very down and upset before she died of a tumor in the stomach.

  7. QUESTION:
    A narrow beam of ultrasonic waves reflects off the liver tumor.?
    A narrow beam of ultrasonic waves reflects off the liver tumor. If the speed of the wave is 11.0% less in the liver than in the surrounding medium, determine the depth of the tumor. The angle of incidence with respect to the normal is 50 degrees.

    • ANSWER:
      From the following link, look for “Chapt22, Problem-24″.

      This problem is similar, except the speed is 10% instead of 11%. I’m sure you can use the same formulae though.

      http://www.jca.umbc.edu/~george/html/courses/phys112/2004fall/homework/04fall_phys112_hk8.pdf

  8. QUESTION:
    3+ stage of liver cancer.Already remove tumor of liver but now start spreading in back bone?
    Now the patient is suffering with zaundice.No treatment is being given for the Zaundice.may some one can give suggestion

    • ANSWER:
      The jaundice is a symptom rather than a treatable part of the disease. The jaundice indicates the liver is beginning to fail. The spread of the disease into the back bone means the person now has stage four metastatic disease.

      Treasure your time with this person. Do whatever they need to get done and spend as much time with them as is possible. Make sure they receive radiotherapy or plenty of pain meds to treat the pain the cancer that has spread to the spine will be causing. If hospice is not already involved then get them involved tomorrow. Here is a web page that might be helpful.

      http://www.hospicenet.org/html/preparing_for.html

      All the best to you both

  9. QUESTION:
    I have a jack russell terrier 10 1/2 years old and has a tumor on liver that is the size of a lime. We found s?
    They are going to do surgery on him what are his chances of it being cancer and what is his survival. he acts perfectly normal.

    • ANSWER:
      After the surgery they will want to do some tests on the tumor to find out if it is cancer. If you would want to go on with cancer treatment then have them do that test. If you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on treatment then don’t have them do the cancer test and just let him live out his last years happily.

  10. QUESTION:
    Please help!!! :’[ Tumor on rat’s liver?
    Can you please give me some of the symptoms?? The vet said it’s *probably* a liver tumor but she isn’t 100% percent positive. Can you give me a list of symptoms and what can happen? :(
    Thanks<3
    spazrats-
    She is FAT! But now she has diarehea and I know she looks a little smaller. She's very laid back...the fur on her butt is yellow but it's been like that for a while now.. =

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      Aw… no :( I sincerely hope it isn’t a tumour on her liver. I’m so sorry.

      I haven’t had a great deal of experience with specifically liver tumours, but the symptoms and signs that Bonnie has a liver tumour will be similar to if she had a tumour anywhere else on her body.

      The main signs of a liver tumor in rats are;

      ✿ Rubbing their stomachs against the floor.
      ✿ Rolling on the floor violently.
      ✿ Severe, yellow diarroeah

      These are both signs of intense pain coming from their lower regions.

      ✿ Aggression.

      If she has a tumour, you will most likely see a rise in aggression from her as she will be in pain. How is she when she is being handled? She will be severely uncomfortable when being handled (as when you’re handling her, you’ll be cupping her entire body and putting pressure on where the tumour is which will cause her a great deal of pain.) So take care with handling her for a while – I suggest using a soft towel to handle her which will greatly reduce the pressure on the afflicted area.

      ✿ Her fur.

      Her fur will be coarse and straw like – much like a male rats fur! Female rats fur, if they are unwell, will lose it’s nutrients and become coarser.

      ✿ Her general well being.

      How is she acting/behaving? Is she quieter? Is she jumping around as usual or sleeping a great deal more than normal?

      ✿ Lethargy

      She will become more and more lethargic as the tumor progresses.

      ✿ Lack of Co-ordination

      Watch how she jumps and how she walks – with a liver tumor, she will most likely have pain walking as livers are quite low down in ratty’s abdomens so you’ll either see a reduction in her physical exercise and walking about or she will try, then stop completely due to pain.

      Because you asked a question on weight gain, I’m inclined to think that your primary concern and reason for taking her to the vets in the first place was weight gain. Did you vet comment on this? It’s usual for rats with tumours to actually lose weight rather than gain weight. Has she appeared to gain weight at any particular side (for a liver tumor, it would be the right hand side)? Or is it all over?

      ✿ If it’s all over…

      Then it’s possible it’s inflammation (which would arise from an infection, be it a tumor or an abcess). When you take Bonnie to the vets next, ask about Steroid injections – not only will this reduce strain on her joints and she will be able to walk better (less pressure on the tumor if it’s inflammation, if you understand what I mean), it will rapidly improve her quality of life while she is suffering from the tumor. Steroid injections are marvellous and can bring rats back from the brink.

      It’s entirely possible it could be an abcess, too. If it’s an abcess, your vet will drain it and give Bonnie a course of antibiotics to combat any infection rising from the abcess. It’s possible, if it’s an abcess, for it to return, especially in female rats – just keep a close eye on her after treatment.

      Whichever one it may or may not be, they are both TREATABLE. Tumors can be removed EVEN in older rats (as far as I can remember, Bonnie is about 2 years old). There are rats that have been operated on at 2 and a half years old and lived to over 3 years old and had an excellent quality of life. It’s down to you – when deciding on whether to ask the vet to operate to remove the tumor, look at Bonnie’s health – is she perky? Happy? Ensure you insist on the vet listening to her chest before deciding to operate to check for present respiratory infections (rats develop respiratory infections when their bodies are under strain). The resp infection must be treated and cured before any operation can take place.

      Some people prefer to let the tumor grow and then euthanising their rats – this is not your only option, though.

      I hope I helped and good luck. Don’t worry – it’s treatable, nomatter what it is.

      Take care.

  11. QUESTION:
    liver, tumor, and jaundice?!?!?
    I have the worksheet for biology and it ask you to explain how a large tumor in the upper portion of the small intestine can cause jaundice.
    I know that the liver produces the greenish-yellowish pigment bile, but i dont get how you can get jaundice if the tumor is there blocking the bile from entering the small intestine.
    HELP!!!!!

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  12. QUESTION:
    Liver Tumor. Doctors ONLY answer.?
    I’m writing a medical drama and one of the patients has a tumor in the top right part of her liver. How is it removed? What is the operation called? I want the whole 9 yards. Thanks.
    The patient is an eleven year old female, 5’0, and no record of serious diseases or conditions in the past.
    The patient is an eleven year old female, 5’0, and no record of serious diseases or conditions in the past. The tumor is small and benign, but could turn malignant if not treated.

    • ANSWER:
      How did the patient present? What symptoms did she have and what did the doctor find on physical examination? If she has a small tumor, no one will know that it was there.

      How was she worked up? What did the imaging studies (ultrasound? CT? MRI? CT guided biopsy?) show?

      In terms of imaging of the primary tumor, MRI is the preferred modality. Nicer, too, not so much radiation exposure.

      What were the results of the pathology of the biopsy or frozen section (the pediatric surgeons did know enough to do a biopsy, didn’t they?)?

      Options for malignant tumors in the liver include:

      Embryonal sarcoma
      Biliary rhabdomyosarcoma
      Angiosarcoma
      Mesenchymal hamartoma
      Metastatic neuroblastoma & other metastases
      Lymphoma
      Leukemia

      Nonmalignant tumors would include regenerative hepatic nodules, vascular tumors (hemangiomas) and I think I’ve also seen an extralobar pulmonary sequestration in the liver as well.

      If the tumor is small and benign, the surgeons will leave it. It may be, even if it is malignant, they will leave it, treat the tumor with chemotherapy, then go in.

      The surgery? Hmm. Hepatic resection. Reference below. Good luck with your writing! Wlitan

  13. QUESTION:
    Benign liver tumor?
    My Doc told me I have a benign liver tumor,found by an ultrasound. The tumor is the size of a pea. {The doc was looking for a kidney stone orignally.} Could it turn into cancer? Will it grow and burst? Will I need surgery at some time in my life? I am 32 and scared.
    Thank you for all yours help and answers..

    • ANSWER:
      Could it burst?
      Yes
      It is common to have one if you have been on long term birth control medicines..
      they are called hepatic adenoma, and they are completely benign.
      If it is a hemangioma, it is benign, and just an overgrowth of blood vessels..
      Ask your doc what kind of tumor.

  14. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with Liver Tumor but no follow-up offered – help!?
    Hi, wonder if anyone can help me.

    I have been suffering from pain in the centre, right side and left side of my upper abdomen for a number of months now along with nausea and dizzy spells. The pain radiates to my back and I feel bloated along my bra line. I have lost my appetite and can only manage a few mouthfulls of food before I feel sick or am in great pain, as a result of this I have lost 17lbs in the past month, I am not at all overweight so this is a concern for me.

    I have been to my doctor numerous times and so far I have been told that I am slightly anemic and have low blood pressure. All of the blood tests/stool samples have come back normal. I have had an upper GI endoscopy which came back normal. I have recently had an abdominal ultrasound as my doctor thought that I had gallstones (none found) . The ultrasound showed that I have a liver tumor which my doctor has said is a liver hemangioma which is benign and wont be causing my symptoms. He has told me that no further treatment is necessary and has diagnosed me with IBS and sent me home with peppermint oil and co-codimol for the pain. I am concerned that my pancreas (couldn’t be seen in the ultrasound) and lower GI have not been checked and no follow up to confirm the liver tumor is actually begin has been offered and am not sure what to do next.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I am getting so fed up with being in pain and am scared as to what is wrong with me!

    Many thanks x
    Not too sure how to post a reply on here (am new to yahoo answers!) but want to say thank you for the advice. I have decided to change doctors as I feel that my doctor has given up on me – am not happy with the IBS diagnosis and am going to push for further investigation – many thanks x

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  15. QUESTION:
    Liver tumor and birth control lawsuit?
    i took the BC pill Ocella for 4 years. stopped Feb 2010 to concieve. i got pregnanct in Nov 2010 and i am due Aug 2011. i went to the emergancy room a couple weeks back for severe upper abdominal pain, and found out i have a tumor in my liver that is most likely caused by taking birth control(can find out for sure til after pregnancy is over and its been removed) if this is caused my BC, would i have a case to sue the ocella company? this tumor has caused me alot of pain and there is a high chance of it rupturing and hemorrhaging, and could potentially cause death to my unborn child and i.

    • ANSWER:
      Nicchi is right. If there are warnings in the packet that come with the pills stating that it is a potential side effect you would have no standing in a court of law as you had been warned prior to taking the pills that there were side effects and chose on your own free will to take them regardless of the potential side effects.

  16. QUESTION:
    liver tumor and birth control lawsuit?
    i took the BC pill Ocella for 4 years. stopped Feb 2010 to concieve. i got pregnanct in Nov 2010 and i am due Aug 2011. i went to the emergancy room a couple weeks back for severe upper abdominal pain, and found out i have a tumor in my liver that is most likely caused by taking birth control(can find out for sure til after pregnancy is over and its been removed) if this is caused my BC, would i have a case to sue the ocella company? this tumor has caused me alot of pain and there is a high chance of it rupturing and hemorrhaging, and could potentially cause death to my unborn child and i.

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  17. QUESTION:
    Dog has liver tumor- have I waited too long for surgery?
    My 6+ yo dachshund was diagnosed w/ a liver tumor(or possible gallblader tumor) 2 weeks ago. At the time he was acting like he was justthisclose to death so we elected to let him ride it out giving him lots of love along the way but now he’s definately sick, shakey, weak, no appetite, etc. but still not gone. So I’m obviously second guessing myself and want to know of others experience.
    Thank you for your kindness. The agony of 2nd guessing myself is killing me as what ails Nate is killing him inspite of the intermitant perky moments he has.
    The option of wildly expensive tests/surgery that have no guarrenteed outcome vs. remote benefit is a cruelty. I am still reeling at how much vet medicine has changed in the last 15yrs. Not all that long ago a diagnosis of liver tumor (whether cancerous or not) was met with the choice of pain meds for a while or putting the animal down to cut suffering of all. Now there is so much ‘hope in a bottle’ with ultrasounds, lasers, chemo, and every vet I’ve visited has little interest in the less profitable treatment, some have even pulled the ‘You don’t really love you’re pet if..’ card on me. .I don’t think we are any better off for it all- pets included.
    Peace to everyone.
    After a night of soul searching I made the decision to have Nate put down this morning. Small mercy- the vet said that with a liver tumor is was best; I feared he’d say ‘Don’t you want to try…’ like I know has happened in the past. I don’t feel bad- I didn’t give him the tumor- nature did. I put him back.
    Peace to all.

    • ANSWER:
      put your friend to sleep

      don’t let him suffer..please

      its not easy I just did a few months ago…
      the guilties of thinking that he suffered to long can plaque you for yrs..

  18. QUESTION:
    Dog with liver tumor- how to keep comfortable?
    My dachshund has a liver tumor and I’d like suggestions on how to keep him comfortable for as long as possible. He’s eating fairly well, drinking, urinating but has been constipated for the last week. He goes from acting like normal to 1 step from deaths door then back again. The vet Rx metrodinazole 250mg 2x/d. Also giving him sennosides for the constipation and soft food w/ 1/2 tsp of metamucil. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to hear this. But do follow your vets advice and just keep him comfortable and warm…..and give lots of love and hugs and kisses. Let him know you love him. He will let you know when it is time. My heart goes out to you.

  19. QUESTION:
    What causes a liver tumor in a syrain hamster?
    Last night I noticed a lump on my hamsters left side, went to the vet today and found out it is a tumor from the liver. Got home and been wondering if there is anything that could of caused it i.e food, stress and/or something else? He is over 3 years old so I do understand that it could just be because he is old as to why he has got it, but I’m asking so I know for the future incase I get another hamster and/or for other animals in the rodent family.

    • ANSWER:
      Its unknown as to the exact reason why people and animals get tumors. Its something that we just aren’t able to explain yet. Don’t feel guilty. There’s nothing you could have done to prevent it. It just happens. Some species are more prone to others, and some individual animals get more than others. Seeing as he lived to be 3 years old I’d say you did a wonderful job taking care of him. Best of luck to you and your hamster!

  20. QUESTION:
    A beam of ultrasonic waves reflects off the liver tumor. The speed of the wave is 9.9% less in the liver?
    A narrow beam of ultrasonic waves reflects off the liver tumor illustrated in the figure below. The speed of the wave is 9.9% less in the liver than in the surrounding medium. Determine the depth of the tumor.

    http://www.webassign.net/serpse/p35-16.gif

    Thanks a lot! Their answer actually worked fine.

    • ANSWER:
      So I am actually solving this problem right now!

      I found this explanation:

      From the following link, look for “Chapt22, Problem-24″.

      This problem is similar, except the speed is 10% instead of 9.9%. I’m sure you can use the same formulae though.

  21. QUESTION:
    I was told my dog had a liver tumor and nothing could of been done.?
    My dog turned 19 yrs old this month, you would of never known he was of age. He was a perfectly happy and healthy dog. The other morning, it look like he was having trouble going to the bathroom so I took him to the vet, there was an x-ray done and I was told it looks like he may have eaten a foreign object and needed emergency surgery, because of his age, he needed to have blood work done first, which ALL blood work came back fine. I than receive a phone call 20 minutes later stating that he had a massive tumor on his liver and they did NOT want to wake him up from surgery because he would of been in too much pain. I didnt tell them NOT to wake him, they took it upon themselves and let him die. If the tumor was that massive, wouldnt that of came up in the x-ray, blood work, or even the physical examination???? Wouldnt Ive seen signs before??? I just think something is funny about this. HELP!!! Does anyone have any sugesstions??? If it was that massive, couldnt he have been put on pain meds or something. We dont put people to sleep because they have a tumor….

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry that you lost your dog, but there’s nothing “funny” about this at all. You had a 19 year old dog, which is very old for any breed. X-ray showed what appeared to be a foreign object in his digestive tract, and given the symptoms, that’s probably what would have been most likely. The liver is in that area of the body. A tumor on X-ray can look like a foreign body sometimes. No, it would not necessarily have showed up on bloodwork. No, it would not necessarily have been evident on physical exam, as it’s inside the body. If the tumor was large enough that the dog was having difficulty defecating because of it, he had essentially no life expectancy and was in pain. Pain medications wouldn’t have helped with a tumor large enough to apparently obstruct his bowels. Cancer treatment in a 19 year old dog would never be recommended. It is prohibitively expensive and you may add perhaps a few weeks to life expectancy is all- a few miserable weeks of pain, nausea, and no ability to enjoy anything due to the drugs. While it’s hard to lose a beloved pet, the vet did what they believed to be best for the dog, and when you sign one of those pre-surgical release forms, you’re giving them permission to do what they believe best for the animal should they open them up and find something they did not expect.

  22. QUESTION:
    My dog likely has a liver tumor that is very large. He is 9 years old. Not sure what to do?
    His Blood Pressure is high at 180-190, his liver is elevated, red blood cell is dropping over time now at 26% (down from 29% last month), and he has a temperature of 103. The xrays show a large mass in the liver area, but his lungs are clear. He has a history of unexplained random seizures, pads separating, a bat with diarrhea last month, and now this. He is acting happy, eating, and plays with his ball. The vet wants to proceed with ultrasound, biopsy and possibly surgery. My gut tells me not to go down that road given his age and history, etc. I feel it is too risky. I also believe that if it is cancer, the cancer will spread when they perform surgery. I have been advised not to do a needle biopsy because it won’t give accurate information. So, if I opt for a surgical biopsy and discover it is cancer, his life will likely be shortened and compromised. What do you recommend? Just how risky is it? Is it possible for him to have any quality of life if I do nothing at this point?
    My dog is a Border Collie mix (medium).
    I also forgot to add that I took him to the vet two days ago for a spontaneous nose bleed. There is no explanation and apparantly nose bleeds are very rare in dogs. But… he is still acting like a happy and active dog. So confused!

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  23. QUESTION:
    My dog has a 3.5cm liver tumor, surgery is too expensive. What do I do?
    He is a 6 yr old German Shepherd and he had an aspirate done that they said was benign but could be inconclusive. The surgery would cost another ,000 and we already paid out over ,000. He was fine until like 2 months ago when he started puking, stopped eating, lost most of the feeling in his back legs and lost weight. His platelets were really low (37,000), and his liver enzymes were high. He was on a bunch of meds and seemed to get better but when we re-did the blood test the enzymes were still high and platelets were only 43,000. So, we took him for the aspirate and other tests. Enzymes are still off (ALP 267, ALT 181, albumin 2.3) and platelets are now 100,000.

    Now, he is eating wonderfully, gained back a lot of the weight, seems to be regaining feeling in his back legs, and he is happy. They have him on an antibiotic and Denamarin and I have added liquid milk thistle. They are also talking of putting him on a steroid.

    We can’t do surgery. What should we do? I’ld appreciate all the help I can get. We really love him.
    Ok, taking a loan out for the surgery is NOT an option. We have a special needs child with 2 surgeries in 1 month, my hubbie has a surgery next week, we both work and we are both in college. There is just no way. Other options would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Denamarin is a very good supplement. I was going to recommend this, but you already are using it. The Denamarin contains milk thistle, BTW.

      Since surgery isn’t an option for you, give the medications your vet recommends and follow up with the bloodwork as needed. Treat for comfort measures. It seems the dog is improving, so hopefully the tumor is truly benign. When my elderly dog’s liver failed, he stopped eating and vomited bile. At the end he had jaundice, so watch for yellowing of the eyes and gums.

      I know you said the tumor is likely benign, but if it isn’t, know that sugery isn’t necessarily the best option. Liver cancer is typically a secondary cancer meaning that the cancer originates elsewhere in the body and then travels to the liver. Primary liver cancer (originating in the liver) only occurs in 5%-10% of liver cancers. If this is a cancerous tumor, removing the mass from the liver very likely will not “cure” the dog and extend quality of life.

      We spent huge amounts on one of our dogs. Did every treatment possible and put our sweet dog through hell. There are some conditions that it doesn’t matter how much you spend, the end result is the same. You know what your family can financially handle. As long as you are providing needed vet care and not allowing your dog to suffer, you do not need to feel guilt for not doing surgery. Sometimes, extreme measures are not in the best interest of the dog. Work with your vet for the treatment options best for your family and this dog to give him the best quality of life you can. And if a time comes when the dog is suffering, end the pain. Wishing you, your dog and your family my best.

  24. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a tumor in the liver if you have or may have gynocomastia?
    I have gynomastia, and I go to my doctor frequently to check up on it, but I wonder if I have a tumor in my liver, that he might have not of notice, so what are the symptoms of a tumor in a liver?

    • ANSWER:
      pain jaundice bleeding disorders.

  25. QUESTION:
    what is the medium life-hope when having diffused metastasis of a liver tumour?
    the tumour started at the liver’s level 2 years ago and 1 month ago the doctors told the family about the impossibility to get healed..about the metastatic stadium ..how long do you think a man around 50 could resist? he s visibly signed by the tumour

    please answer in large numbers:(
    thank you in advance

    • ANSWER:
      First allow me to extend my condolences to this family during this time.
      Second, If “how long … could he resist” means life expectancy there are to many individual factors to consider to give an answer. The question is than not quantity but quality. From a family members perspective, quantity is a selfishly motivated, whereas quality is not. Do everything you can to enjoy the time and know that there is an end to life for all. And trust me when I say that for the most part the medical community as a whole will only give you (the family) quantity and more times than not it will not be pleasant for the one that has the disease

  26. QUESTION:
    Found tumor on liver and want to know wether it could be cancer or not?
    My husband has been really ill for a long time with nausea and throwing up, along with really bad pain in his upper right side of the abdomen. Finally after many trips to the doctor he went to the ER where they did a CT. They found a spot on his liver. The PCP ordered a MRI and said he had hemangiomas. They wanted a biopsy then but didnt have insurance at the time. Now that he has insurance he asked for the biopsy and the physician stated he wanted another MRI because if they have stayed the same or gotten smaller there was no concern. He did his MRI and the tumor tripled in size and now they are really worried. They are doing a biopsy Wednesday. What could the chances be that this is cancerous? All his blood they have done has all come back normal. The doctor is concerned on the size and fastness of the growth. It grew from a quarter size to a tennis ball. We are really worried.
    He has also had fatigue and bloating as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer is always a concern for anything that grows that large.

  27. QUESTION:
    Dog with tumor in liver – needs special food?
    I recently found out that my dog has a tumor (she’s 11) in her liver. The vet told me in order to make her comfortable, I will need to feed her plain white rice. The only rice that I have is brown rice (takes 1 hour to cook). I have been feeding her bread lately, but she is down to not eating anymore bread. I feel like if I make the rice, she won’t eat it. I’m on a low budget and she is continually trying to steal my other dog’s dog food. Would it be wrong for me to feed her dog food if that’s all that she will eat? If I try the rice and she won’t eat it, is there anymore options of what I could feed her?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this. Make some white rice, minute rice is fine. Boil some chicken and shred it up. Mix it with the rice, nothing else for flavor. If she won’t eat out of a bowl, try getting down on the floor with her and hold the bowl for her. I have a Pyrenees that has lymphoma. About three weeks ago he stopped eating and we thought it was time. I made some rice and chicken and my son sat down on the floor with him and held the bowl for him. Much to our surprise, he ate everything in the bowl. Try fixing chicken and rice and see if she will eat it. Good luck
      Source(s):
      Lifelong dog owner and breeder
      Horse owner and breeder

  28. QUESTION:
    Have you heard of successful surgery to remove a large mast tumor by liver spleen stomach in Dogs?
    My 24 yr old daughter’s Golden Retriever Kallie has been vomiting for over 3 weeks and not interested in eating. She’s a totally different dog. Lost all energy, appetite and is breathing extremely hard. We took her to the Vets on Monday. She had a temperature, lethargic, white gums and breathing a little heavier than usual. The Vet felt around her stomach and found a huge mast (she thought). She didn’t say much but also thought she could’ve swallowed something… or whatever. She put Kallie on an antibiotic and said if things didn’t get better in 2 weeks she wanted an xray of her liver. All week Kallie’s breathing got worse. She did eat but continued to throw up,. By Friday I had to take her in again. They took 2 xrays and told us the tumor is the size of a cantelope and grew since Monday. They can’t tell what it’s attatched to… liver, stomach, kidney…. but it’s above the spleen. Vet didn’t think it was attatched to the spleen because there’s some space between the tumor and the spleen, but it is a little swollen. The Vet told us to take Kallie home try to feed her Hills Prescription a/d high protein dog food (which she is eating and keeping down), give her lots of love and gave me her cell phone # if anything were to happen. Kallie ate 3 cans since yesterday and is drinking a lot of water. Last night her breathing was terrible. We didn’t think she’d make it through the night. Now today, she’s eatten a little and breathing better.

    SHOULD WE HAVE HER UNDER GO SURGERY TO REMOVE THE TUMOR? Has anyone experienced this type of a tumor with their dog and if so opted for surgery with the outcome a success? The vet is telling us for piece of mind so we’re not 2nd guessing anything we should have surgery and maybe things would work out but she’s not going to know till she gets in there. What’s your opinion? Should we just have her put down? Can’t they just remove the tumer and whatever it is attatched to?
    Let me add — I was wondering if anyone has heard of a dog under going surgery to remove a large mast tumor by liver spleen stomach area and what the outcome was. I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of a Vet going in and saving a dog’s life even with a tumor the size of cantelope around vital organ area. Is it true pale gums and large abdominal area means internal bleeding? I’m sorry if you think I’m asking you to make our decision for us, I’m NOT. I’m curious to know if there’s ever been success with having surgery with the symptoms my dog has. Just your opinion as to what you have done or would do in my situation. That’s all. The Vet said she’d do surgery if it were her dog… just for peace of mind making sure she’s making the right decision. She also said if it’s the money that’s holding up back, then she’d discount everything and make it work just so my daughter could have peace of mind. I think she knows there’s no hope but she’s worried about my daughter right now. Thank you for your help.
    BOTICELLI ANGEL, Thank you for responding. The Vet is really recommending putting Kallie down as she feels cancer may have spread to the lungs. The said if it was her dog she’d choose surgery 1st just for peace of mind instead of putting her down 1st. She did say Kallie may NOT make it through the anestetic &/or surgery period because of how weak & large the tumor is. She spoke w/my daughter who’s graduating nursing school in 2 weeks & she saw how upset Nicole was. Nicole is Kallie’s dog. I guess we just want Kallie to undergo surgery, have the tumor removed & everything will be okay. Living in a dream world I know, but I don’t understand why it can’t happen. Besides, if the Vet’s positive she will not survive then why waste our money & put us thru this especially when she knows my daughter isn’t working. I just wondered if you could remove the liver, lung spleen or part of the stomach and she’d still survive & what the success rate is. How much is surgery? Vet says 0 – ,200.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s so strange that you’re asking, because at my vet clinic we just removed a tumor found near a dog’s spleen. The spleen also had to be removed. The surgery was a success; the dog went home that day.

      And yes white gums are a sign of internal bleeding. They can also mean dehydration and anemia.

      There are always risks when a dog goes under anesthesia, just like there are with humans. But it sounds like this can be a bigger risk to your dog if left untreated. If the vet is recommending that he go into surgery, trust that she feels that it is ethically the right decision.

  29. QUESTION:
    If someone has been referred to a specialist in regard to a liver secondary, how long should he wait?
    to be seen?
    He had bowel cancer- operated successfully but then they discovered liver secondary. severe complications set in due to mrsa and c-diff, severely weakened him and he had to have a colostomy! he had one dose of chemo( the idea was to chemo, then operate on the liver tumours), however he reacted badly to chemo and nearly died. Dr will not do more chemo, as he says it will kill him. He was referred before xmas but still no appointment- is this acceptable? the cancer will still be growing! An mri early in January showed that the liver growth had grown slightly, but he is now complaining of pains in the lower chest region- could it be related? what should be done?
    its obviously not always 2 weeks in the uk then as that is where he lives!

    • ANSWER:
      The 2 week wait scheme is for GP referral and not consultant to consultant referral. It is likely that his case will have been discussed both at the colorectal MDT and then the hepatobiliary MDT. An MDT is a multi disciplinary meeting, where by the physicians, surgeons, oncologists, histopathologists, radiologists and specialist nurses attend to make team decisions on the patients care.

      It is difficult to make any comment on the MRI showing progressing liver lesions, as the timescale is important. When was the primary resected, where from in the colon, or rectum, and when was the last MRI?

      I would contact the secretary of the oncologist in charge of his care, and find out who he was referred to in the liver team. Either ask the secretary or speak to the secretary of the liver surgeon, who will be able to ensure that he hasn’t fallen into a black hole and is being planned to be seen. Failing that, the specialist colorectal nurse he presumably saw for his primary should be able to track the referral to ensure it has reached the team.

      In my opinion, standard procedure here is that we would discuss the patient at the MDT prior to seeing him in clinic to discuss the options. It would likely be them who have ordered the MRI as it is a better medium to see if there are any other liver lesions not picked up on CT scanning. With the results of that then discussed at the MDT again, he would then certainly be overdue an appointment with either the liver team or oncologist to explain the results from that meeting.

  30. QUESTION:
    Should our 6 yr old Golden Retriever under go surgery to remove a large mast tumor by liver spleen stomach?
    My 24 yr old daughter’s Golden Retriever Kallie has been vomiting for over 3 weeks and not interested in eating. She’s a totally different dog. Lost all energy, appetite and is breathing extremely hard. We took her to the Vets on Monday. She had a temperature, lethargic, white gums and breathing a little heavier than usual. The Vet felt around her stomach and found a huge mast (she thought). She didn’t say much but also thought she could’ve swallowed something… or whatever. She put Kallie on an antibiotic and said if things didn’t get better in 2 weeks she wanted an xray of her liver. All week Kallie’s breathing got worse. She did eat but continued to throw up,. By Friday I had to take her in again. They took 2 xrays and told us the tumor is the size of a cantelope and grew since Monday. They can’t tell what it’s attatched to… liver, stomach, kidney…. but it’s above the spleen. Vet didn’t think it was attatched to the spleen because there’s some space between the tumor and the spleen, but it is a little swollen. The Vet told us to take Kallie home try to feed her Hills Prescription a/d high protein dog food (which she is eating and keeping down), give her lots of love and gave me her cell phone # if anything were to happen. Kallie ate 3 cans since yesterday and is drinking a lot of water. Last night her breathing was terrible. We didn’t think she’d make it through the night. Now today, she’s eatten a little and breathing better.

    SHOULD WE HAVE HER UNDER GO SURGERY TO REMOVE THE TUMOR? Has anyone experienced this type of a tumor with their dog and if so opted for surgery with the outcome a success? The vet is telling us for piece of mind so we’re not 2nd guessing anything we should have surgery and maybe things would work out but she’s not going to know till she gets in there. What’s your opinion? Should we just have her put down? Can’t they just remove the tumer and whatever it is attatched to? Please help. Thank you.
    Let me add — I was wondering if anyone has heard of a dog under going surgery to remove a large mast tumor by liver spleen stomach area and what the outcome was. I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of a Vet going in and saving a dog’s life even with a tumor the size of cantelope around vital organ area. Is it true pale gums and large abdominal area means internal bleeding? I’m sorry if you think I’m asking you to make our decision for us, I’m NOT. I’m curious to know if there’s ever been success with having surgery with the symptoms my dog has. Just your opinion as to what you have done or would do in my situation. That’s all. The Vet said she’d do surgery if it were her dog… just for peace of mind making sure she’s making the right decision. She also said if it’s the money that’s holding up back, then she’d discount everything and make it work just so my daughter could have peace of mind. I think she knows there’s no hope but she’s worried about my daughter right now.

    • ANSWER:
      First, get a second opinion from a Vet that has experience with cancer.

      Second, why your vet put the dog on an antibiotic is beyond me–that’s hard on the liver.

      Third, after a second opinion if the prognosis is the same–liver mass–you need to think about asking some hard questions right then and there. What stage is the cancer, will treatment be do more harm than good, quality of life, etc.

      Whatever you decide, always put the dogs comfort and quality of life first. Some treatments are money-making for the Vets and don’t do much to prolong or enhance life for the animals.

      Research alternative medicine too, look into doctors that have a good track record using things that don’t harm, but help.

  31. QUESTION:
    My mum has a tumor on her liver the size of a grape. Anyone got experience with this?
    Blood works are normal but she now has to go for a cat and mri scan. Its the size of a grape! Guess I just want to hear that she’s going to be ok! She’s only 63!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes my mum had one about that size and they surgically removed it and she is fine. All the best to your mum.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can liver tumors go away?
    My dad was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago. During those 2 years, his liver was rejecting water.

    But since a few months he is now feeling better. The doctor says the tumor is mostly gone.

    I don’t know If I understand him correctly….Can tumors just go away?

    His cancer was the one that does not spread. Sorry for my lack of terminology.

    • ANSWER:
      A cancer that does not spread is not actually cancer its a benign tumor, a tumor only becomes cancer if it spreads…that’s why doctors investigate to see if a tumor is cancerous but both benign tumors and cancers are treated by the same specialist doctors. As for tumors disappearing I don’t think they do it on their own so your dad probably had a series of treatments that you don’t know about.

  33. QUESTION:
    OH NO! LIVER TUMORS? Help?
    My cousin has a mass of abnormal blood vessels on her liver. The doctor said he THINKS the tumor (tumors?) are benign, but still wants her to get an MRI. She’s freaking out and crying, thinking she has cancer! She has no other symptoms! Would her white blood cell count be high if she in fact did have cancer? Does anyone know about liver tumors? Can it be the liver tumor called “hemangioma,” since it is a mass of abnormal blood vessels or are all tumors on the liver made up of blood vessels? Help!

    • ANSWER:
      A benign liver hemangioma is a rather common accidental finding. Often they cause no symptoms and do not need treatment unless they are very large. It sounds like her Dr is doing all the right things. Try not to freak out. Your cousin may have had this liver anomaly most of her life. Your cousin is not dying of liver cancer. Here is a web page to read up on liver hemangiomas.

      http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic964.htm

  34. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits/detriments of receiving chemotherapy?
    A friend of mine was diagnose with a liver tumor, which could possibly have been there for 5 to 10 years.
    He shows no symptoms of cancer for that time, so is it better to leave the tumor alone (since it hasnt caused harm) or go for chemotherapy?

    Pros and cons please!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to talk with a professional as not sure if it is malignate and might spread, but looks like they feel they can use the chemo to get rid of it. I suggest you google the heck out of it, but the chemo targets the cancer cells and unfortunately doesn’t help the good cells. This is why people get sick and hair falls out. You should also google “resveratrol aggarwal”. He is the lead doctor at MD Anderson Cancer Center and they have also been doing the research on the resveratrol which you can buy at vitamin and heal food stores. It targets different pathways of the different cancers. Tons of info on it from oncology to this type cancer. It is made from many different plants, but here the most potent is the pulp of the muscadine grape and the Chinese and Japanese use the root of the knotweed plant.

      Freind had three tumors and given 3 months and did some chemo then started taking this stuff and that was over three years ago. There is a 58 page report lyou can find online and take to him to show his doctor, you can also e-mail the doctor and will send to lou.

      As far as the chemo it has been found that the cancer cells will try and get rid of it and they have studies that show the resveratrol helps keep it in the cancer cells.

      As far as the tumor, it will probably get bigger and bigger, might spread and need to be removed, but your friend needs to see and talk to a professional.

      I suggest you look at the resveratrol. many take it each day as a preventative.

  35. QUESTION:
    Liver tumors..anybody know about this?
    I just went to the er the other night because I was having really bad pains they started in my upper back between the shoulder blades and then went to the front area of my stomach. I thought it was my galbladder. That did an ultrasound and said my galbladder is fine but that I have an abnormal growth in my liver that could be a tumor. Im really scared about this and was wanting to know if anyone elese has been threw this and knows anything about this.
    Hey Karlita I have a question for you I hope you get this. They did mention that at the er and said if thats what it is I have nothing to worry about. But what can they do about them? do they do a surgery or anything?. I go for a cat scan in a week or so to find out what it is.

    • ANSWER:
      Sign and symptoms of liver tumor-

      Lump, swelling or pain in the abdomen. The liver is tucked under the rib cage on the right side. Because the liver is covered this way, it’s not common to see or feel a mass there. But a mass might be seen or felt if it’s large. Sometimes in liver cancer (and other illnesses) the abdomen swells from fluid that builds up there (ascites) rather than a solid mass.

      Weight loss for no reason

      Loss of appetite

      Nausea and vomiting

      Jaundice – yellow color in the whites of the eyes; maybe yellow tint in the skin for some skin colors

      In boys, early puberty
      There are other causes of a swelling in the liver, those need to be excluded first, before making diagnosis of liver tumor.
      All the best!

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between tumors on the spleen or on the liver inside dogs?
    Suddenly, my 12 (almost 13) year-old Sheltie has become ill. She has lost her appetite and is excessively vomitting (sometimes she just gags, however). We took her to the vet and they had to put her on IV for a couple of days. While there, they took x-rays of her and found a golf ball sized tumor growing inside of her.

    As many know, the liver and the spleen overlap in x-ray photos so (as of right now) we cannot tell where the tumor is located. She will be given an ultrasound pretty soon to find the precise location, but the vet told us it could go two ways:

    1. It’s a splenic tumor and is highly treatable through operation.
    or
    2. It’s a liver tumor and is basically not treatable.

    What I’m trying to find out is why it comes down to that. I want to learn more from anybody with experience. We’re not sure if it’s malignant or benign, but at this point, I guess it doesn’t matter.

    In addition, how does this tumor link to her digestive system? This sickness was extremely sudden (even though she’s generally always been quiet and lethargic). Just back in June she had a visit to the vet and everything checked out just fine.

    Thanks to anybody that can provide some insight. Help is appreciated.
    Just as an update after we took her to an actual hospital today, it appears as though there is 2 smaller masses near the spleen/liver. They are still uncertain of it’s exact location, even after an ultrasound, however, from the small sample they took, there appeared to be no cancer. Unfortunately, they also said that there were a few abnormalities inside of her, including a folded-over spleen and enlarged veins.

    They reassured us that these abnormalities might just be something that her body has no problem dealing with and are unique.

    • ANSWER:
      I would research on this website. http://www.vetinfo4dogs.com/

      I was told our dog possibly had a tumor on spleen and they needed to do an aspirate of the tumor, but in reality he had inoperable throat cancer.

      At 13, she likely can live 2-5 more years. You will know what is right. Do make sure you go to a specialist and not just a regular vet, which will be a waste of money and they will send you to a cancer specialist anyway.

      Cancer can appear quite sudden with normal vet visits months prior and tumors just appear. A normal check up would not typically uncover early stage spleenic tumor.

      A spleen is a lower functioning organ while the liver is vital to filtering blood. That is why there is a higher survival of splenic tumor.

      See info: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/structure-and-function-of-the-spleen-in-dogs/page1.aspx

  37. QUESTION:
    Someone I know was diagnosed in the last month with two large benign liver tumors?
    The tumors are so big that they are taking up all of her liver. She was sent to specialists and they were going to remove one to let the liver grow back. But now they are saying that the tumor will probably just grow back, so removing it “won’t do any good.” So they are letting her suffer for weeks with fevers, pain, and weakness while they decide what to do. This seems strange to me. It sounds like she will die soon if she is left to continue like this. Shouldn’t she be in the hospital? Why aren’t they taking quicker action?
    Doesn’t the fever mean that she has an infection? Why would they let her go home with an infection and feel so awful. Her case has been being reviewed for weeks!

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    has anyone had y90 for liver mets from esophageal cancer?
    My husband was diagnoised with esophageal cancer stage iv in 2008.He had chemo and radiation the first 2 months and then they removed his tumor in 2009,he became septic after surgery and was in an induced coma for 5 months.He was in ICU for 11 months and then rehab for his physical needs.They found liver tumors in April of 2010 and started more chemo.In feb. of 2011 he had liver resection and they did remove all tumors.When scanning was done 3 months later they found 2 tiny tumors in his liver and one outside.He has started a rough chemo regiment of xeloda,oxiaplatin(sp?) and taxotere.He just finished his 5th dose and he is feeling terrible.He did get hand and foot syndrome so the doctor took him off the xeloda for 2 weeks and will resume but with lower dose.We have already decided to have the sirsphere treatment(y90) after the chemo,that is if the chemo doesn’t help the tumors.Should he go ahead and have the y90 while he is in the middle of chemo?

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, I’m sorry – that’s a horrible story.

      A friend of mine had SIRT because the metastases were confined to the liver. She tolerated it well with only a little nausea. The Y90 has a short half-life, the glass beads remain, but that’s not a problem. The SIRT shrank the tumors enough to make them operable. Interestingly, it was difficult to distinguish live tumor tissue from necrotic tissue on scans and it wasn’t until her liver surgeon opened her up that they could determine the extent of effectiveness of the SIRT.

      I hope the chemo helps. I don’t know if you should hold off on SIRT until the course has finished. Good luck.

  39. QUESTION:
    Liver cancer, Is she lying?
    One of our friends apparently have an inoperable liver tumor, we have been financially supporting her for the past year now and it is starting to get difficult to cater for ourselves has well as this. Also we are starting to have doubts about her condition, reason being we never seen any medical reports to clarify this. She claims that she goes to the hospital for treatment twice a week, and manages to drive there and back by herself, now shes going to stop the treatment as it has not seen an improvement for the past year, if the tumor is at that stage can she lead a normal life without any other complications to the liver, because she seems to be leading a perfectly normal lifestyle.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      My mother had cancer and you could not tell by looking at her. She may have walked a bit slower. She still worked too. When she got so she couldn’t work, they let my Dad come and get some things for her to be able to do at home. She worked at a ribbon factory.

      People with cancer can still drive, it depends on the stage they are in. Try to find something that can help her with those things that you are now. Let her know that you can’t help her out as much as you have been.

      It is hard to say if she is lying. I have heard of those who have lied about cancer when they didn’t have it, even shaved their heads.

      What kind of treatment was she getting? Chemo? Radiation? Usually they mark your body where the radiation needs to be with a heavy blue mark. People can lead normal lives with cancer.

      Just because there are no improvements doesn’t mean that she is at a stage that she would not be walking. The treatments may have just sustained her and she may get worse now that they stopped. It would make you not want to keep going if you had no improvements.

      Just be honest with her and let her know you can no longer financially support her. Do something else, like make her a meal a week or something like that instead.
      She should appreciate all you have done.
      Pray about it.

  40. QUESTION:
    Liver problem? help please?
    have been having pain for 1 year now in my right side (to the right of belly button and up to under ribs sort of. Its really hard to pinpoint exactly) But, Ive been to the doctor 3 times already, 2 times they said it was just “gas” and the other time i got a blood test to check liver (was normal) but they told me to get a ultra sound which im getting tomorrow. I am VERY scared. What could this be?? im 22 year old female and DONT drink alcohol! Please help me…im almost having a panic attack that it may be a liver tumor or something :(

    • ANSWER:
      It could be your gall bladder – pain like you describe is often associated with gall stones, not a lesion in the liver. The ultrasound will at the very least look at your liver, gall bladder, and pancreas, so hopefully they will be able to give you some results from that. Don’t be scared.

  41. QUESTION:
    High levels of ALT from the liver…what could it be?
    March 2006 my ALT was 92 and this time it’s 132. I tested for hepatitis and it came out negative. I am 195 lbs 5’10-5’11 but have high BAD cholesterol (152). 26 years old. I asked if it could be a tumor or liver cancer my doctor says no it’s not that serious. I do NOT drink alcohol…and don’t use any medications except a few months back where i used treatment shampoo for a scalp problem. Doctor says lose weight get the cholesterol down and then recheck the blood. What could it be? If it’s not hepatitis it can’t be a liver tumor can it? Please help thanks

    • ANSWER:
      ALT

      Also known as: Serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase, SGPT
      Formal name: Alanine aminotransferase
      Related tests: AST, ALP, Bilirubin, Liver panel

      Normal level of ALT= 8 to 37 IU/L

      Why is it ordered?

      The ALT test detects liver injury. ALT values are usually compared to the levels of other enzymes, such as alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST), to help determine which form of liver disease is present

      Very high levels of ALT (more than 10 times the highest normal level) are usually due to acute hepatitis, often due to a virus infection. In acute hepatitis, ALT levels usually stay high for about 1–2 months, but can take as long as 3–6 months to come back to normal.

      ALT levels are usually not as high in chronic hepatitis, often less than 4 times the highest normal level: in this case, ALT levels often vary between normal and slightly increased, so doctors typically will order the test frequently to see if there is a pattern. In some liver diseases, especially when the bile ducts are blocked, when a person has cirrhosis, and when other types of liver cancer are present, ALT may be close to normal levels.

      There are many people like you who have asymptomatic elevations of liver tests.

      Another common cause for this elevated test is nonalcoholic fatty liver or steatorrhea
      .

      There are two enzymes that are elevated in liver disease, ALT on its own indicates some anomolies but not disease as such – determined by scientific testing. So that’s why your blood work etc. is considered normal. Don’t drink, or smoke, reduce all processed foods especially deli meats, and go to a Chinese herbalist. He’ll give you a long term formula which will return your liver function to normal. Drink beetroot juice alternating with carrot and celery juice daily and eat sesame seeds. You don’t have symptoms of hepatitis. Your problems probably arise due to faulty diet. Change it.

      Another cause wold be your high HDL cholesterol. Still another , you need to fast for this test. Diet drinks at the time and diet foods plus Xlax contained phenolalanine and or phenothalien which can elevate your ALT. Medications such as Zantac; anti-cholesterol drug and even Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) would also be the culprit.

      Liver disease called alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency can also present with High ALT. You should have yourself be tested for serum phenotyping to determine if you have alpha 1. Such as recent viral illness, medication, being overweight, recent vigorous exertion, or overindulgence in alcohol.”

      Elevated levels of ALT often suggest the existence of other medical problems such as alcoholic or viral hepatitis, congestive heart failure, liver damage, biliary duct problems, infectious mononucleosis, or myopathy. It can predict type 2 Diabetes .It’salso indictive for gallbladder disease such as gallsones, or inflammation or cholecystitis.

      For this reason, ALT is commonly used as a way of screening for liver problems. However, elevated levels of ALT do not automatically mean that medical problems exist. Fluctuation of ALT levels is normal over the course of the day,

      When elevated ALT levels are found in the blood, the possible underlying causes can be further narrowed down by measuring other enzymes. For example, elevated ALT levels due to liver-cell damage can be distinguished from biliary duct problems by measuring alkaline phosphatase. Also, myopathy-related ALT levels can be ruled out by measuring creatine kinase enzymes.

      I hope this detailed and well researched reply -answers your question adequately.

  42. QUESTION:
    high levels of ALT from the liver…what could it be?
    March 2006 my ALT was 92 and this time it’s 132. I tested for hepatitis and it came out negative. I am 195 lbs 5’10-5’11 but have high BAD cholesterol (152). 26 years old. I asked if it could be a tumor or liver cancer my doctor says no it’s not that serious. I do NOT drink alcohol…and don’t use any medications except a few months back where i used treatment shampoo for a scalp problem. Doctor says lose weight get the cholesterol down and then recheck the blood. What could it be? If it’s not hepatitis it can’t be a liver tumor can it? Please help thanks

    • ANSWER:
      better is doctor advice…..
      various motives…

  43. QUESTION:
    side effects from LYBREL?
    lybrel is the 365 day contraceptive pill that doesnt allow a “pill period”

    how likely would the following side effects be in a 17 year old with no history of them

    Sharp chest pain, coughing of blood, or sudden shortness of breath (indicating a possible clot in the lung)
    Pain in the calf (indicating a possible clot in the leg)
    Crushing chest pain or heaviness in the chest (indicating a possible heart attack)
    Sudden severe headache or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, disturbances of vision or speech, weakness, or numbness in an arm or leg (indicating a possible stroke)
    Sudden partial or complete loss of vision (indicating a possible clot in the eye)
    Breast lumps (indicating possible breast cancer or fibrocystic disease of the breast; ask your health care professional to show you how to examine your breasts)
    Severe pain or tenderness in the stomach area (indicating a possibly ruptured liver tumor)
    & liver problems
    im not on the pill currently

    having no period just appeals to me

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, thats some side affects!!! Are you actually taking this pill? By law medicines have to list all potential side affects however rare or extreme they are to cover themselves. If you are on this particular pill, I would highly doubt your doctor would prescribe you this if they thought you were at a major risk. Why do you have to have this particular pill?can’t you have one that allows the pill period?especially at 17? I’m sure other more common contraceptive pills don’t have as immense a side affects. If you’re still not convinced, talk to your doctor.

  44. QUESTION:
    any docs know about radiation treatment for liver cancer tumor, and tumors in the spine up to skull?
    My mom was recently diagnosed with cancer. her test results so far has showed tumors up her spine into her cranium, not in the brain, in the bone, and a tumor in the liver. She is having a hip replacement on Friday and a rod put into her leg down to her knee, they are also taking a bone biospy then. she will see onocologist a week later to discuss treatments. the surgeon told her that she shouldn’t stop fighting, and that the radiation could take care of those tumors, what do you think? any doctors in the house?

    • ANSWER:
      she and you might feel more comforted and confident if she gets a second opinion from another Oncologist

      Good Luck and hugs to both of you

  45. QUESTION:
    Breast cancer now Liver tumors?
    My friends Mum had breast and ovarian cancer, she had chemo and an op and was recovering until recently when she started to feel ill again. In her latest check up it was found that she now has multiple cancer tumors in her Liver, the largest being 7cm. They are now waiting for the results to see if the new tumors are a result of the breast cancer or just completely new growths. She is going to start chemo soon because they said they cannot operate on the liver & only hope to shrink it. My question is how bad is this situation. Is there much hope & realistically what is the likely hood of the situation. How much time would you give as a estimate.

    • ANSWER:
      Future prognosis is assessed partly by how far a cancer has spread, with there being 4 stages. Stage one is best–the cancer has not spread but rather stayed where it started, like on ovary or on breasts only. Stage 4 is worst and it has spread very far. When there is cancer on the liver, it’s automatically stage 4, whether breast or ovarian cancer. This is very bad. Im sorry but chances of long terms survival are very small.

  46. QUESTION:
    Breast cancer & Ovarian cancer, now Liver tumors… How serious?
    My friends Mum had breast and ovarian cancer, she had chemo and an op and was recovering until recently when she started to feel ill again. In her latest check up it was found that she now has multiple cancer tumors in her Liver, the largest being 7cm. They are now waiting for the results to see if the new tumors are a result of the breast cancer or just completely new growths. She is going to start chemo soon because they said they cannot operate on the liver & only hope to shrink it. My question is how bad is this situation. Is there much hope & realistically what is the likely hood of the situation. How much time would you give as a estimate.

    • ANSWER:
      The cancer is obviously spreading and If tumors on the liver cannot be removed then she will ultimately die from this. How long? Nobody can answer that for sure but her physician has a good idea based on similar cases and how long they survived after chemo treatments. Chemo does not cure. At best it can shrink tumors for a season and reduce pain and at the same time it kills off healthy blood cells. The Bible says the life of the flesh is in the blood. When enough blood is poisoned and not functioning the body will die.

  47. QUESTION:
    liver tumour in dogs?
    My dog is 10 years old, no sickness, no problem eating, no diaherrea or blood, (unless he eats something off ground as he has a sensitive stomach)no dirinking alot and no urinating alot, still jumps and walks up munros, no pain, no tiredness, but I noticed recently he has become very skinny in waist, feel ribs and spin. My vet felt a lump in his chest, said size of orange, below ribs, we got blood test back, his liver is high but not in thousands. the xray she saw something, chris who I trust in vets didnt see much. Moss is going to animal hospital tomorrow, please tell me how bad it is going to be, I dont wnat a fright as I love him to bit.
    I mentioned his weight 2 years ago, when he had diaherrea and they tested everything was normal, sensitive stomach.

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  48. QUESTION:
    if a dog had emergency surgery 3 months previously would a vet noticed a tumor of the spleen or liver.?
    The emergency surgery was for an infected uterus. Shiloh Shepherd 11.5 years old. Uthanized this week due to internal bleeding from either a tumor of the spleen/liver.

    • ANSWER:
      During an emergency surgery its all about time, they identify the problem and fix it, they would due scan of just the affected area and just be focused of fixing the problem, afterwards they would do some scans and follow up and even some blood work but, unless the surgeon was looking for the tumor and if they didn’t suspect a tumor I doubt they would have noticed it.

      Tumors are small and hard to notice in humans, let alone animals, its something you really have to look for, run test and scans to find it. Sadly its easy to find a tumor once a disease has run its course

  49. QUESTION:
    does anyone know what the medical term for tumor of the liver is?

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatic tumors are tumors or growths on or in the liver (medical terms pertaining to the liver often start in hepato- or hepatic from the Greek word for liver, hepar). These growths can be benign or malignant (cancerous). They may be discovered on medical imaging (even for a different reason than the cancer itself), or may be present in patients as an abdominal mass, hepatomegaly, abdominal pain, jaundice, or some other liver dysfunction.

  50. QUESTION:
    I have been taken yaz for a while, but stopped two months ago. Should I get tested for the side effects?
    I have been on Yaz for about two years on and off. I officially got off of it two months ago. Should I be worried about the side effects from it? I have not experienced anything from Yaz except for gaining some weight and mood swings. Should I be tested for liver tumors and blood clots? Blood clots run in my family but I haven’t felt any pain what so ever since I have been on yaz.

    What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have difficulties with weight do what I did – try acai berry. If you need to lose weight its superfood qualities help a lot – however those same qualities additionally help those who are trying to bulk up. Great! There’s a free trial happening currently at http://filack.slimmingdietonline.info , try it out, why not?