If one has an 5 cm nodule and multiple small lesions of Hepatocellular spread throughout the liver, transplant of liver is only cure. Is this correct?
I thankfully do not have this type of cancer, so I had to research a little bit on drugs.com. It says:
"Definition: Malignant tumor of the liver that develops in the setting of chronic liver disease or cirrhosis. Hepatocellular carcinoma is derived from hepatocytes that are transformed into adenocarcinoma. Up to 60% of patients with HCC have elevated serum alpha fetoprotein levels. Tumor has a poor long-term prognosis unless treated surgically by resection or liver transplantation. Noninvasive imaging (e.g., MRI or CT scan) may distinguish hepatomas from other benign tumors such as hemangiomas."
I interpret this to mean that in some cases the tumor can be removed. If yours can be surgically resected, then you could have chemo and radiation for the smaller lesions. Your doctor would know your individual case better than anyone though. So, please have a long "sit down" with him/her. I wish you the very best outcome and will keep you in my prayers. I've been in your shoes, and I know how scary it is. I did not have liver cancer, but cancer of the plasma cells (multiple myeloma). Keep your chin up and take one day at a time. We can't worry about what might happen tomorrow until it comes. Stay strong and let us know if you need us. Our DC Family is very knowledgeable, caring and supportive. Lean on us!
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