Liver Cancer - Diagnosis

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How is liver cancer diagnosed?

Blood tests, imaging studies, and liver biopsy or aspiration may be used to diagnose liver cancer.

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Comment from: John, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

My liver tumor was diagnosed after I was told I had hemochromatosis, with an iron reading of 1200, when my reading should have been around 300. I had many blood tests, but was never tested by my local doctor for iron level study test. Apparently the tumor has been there for a long while. I have had ablation treatment twice in 5 months, now am told there are a lot more tumors now on my liver and that I now have 3 to 6 months to live.

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Comment from: blindsided, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: April 16

My husband was age 59 when he died in July 2013 from a large tumor in the upper lobe of his liver. He had not had any alcohol for over 24 years, did not smoke and never had hepatitis. He went the gym three days a week and we had been to the gym the day before he got sick. He had just had his annual physical in May, with blood work. He had been to an endocrinologist in June because he had type 2 diabetes and had many more blood tests. Nothing was abnormal. On a Monday morning, he had a pain in his side that got gradually worse, thought it was probably from throwing his granddaughter in the pool both Friday night and Sunday afternoon. The pain got worse, and he called 911, was taken to the emergency room where a CAT scan showed he had a lot of blood in his abdomen, and was taken to emergency surgery. They could not stop the bleeding and he was taken to another hospital where he had 2 more surgeries by a liver specialist. He died 32 hours after symptoms started. The bleeding could not be stopped or blood pressure sustained. The liver surgeon said he had had the tumor for years and it encased his whole liver. No one can explain to me how this could have happened.

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