Frequent question: Can a large liver tumor be benign?

What percentage of liver tumors are benign?

Over 20% of the general population has a benign liver lesion.

Are liver tumors usually benign?

Benign (noncancerous) liver tumors are common. They do not spread to other areas of the body and they usually do not pose a serious health risk. In fact, in most cases, benign liver tumors are not diagnosed because they cause no symptoms.

What is considered large for a liver tumor?

Either a single tumor larger than 2 cm (4/5 inch) that has grown into blood vessels, OR more than one tumor but none larger than 5 cm (about 2 inches) across (T2).

What could cause a mass on the liver?

Possible causes include: Scarring (cirrhosis) from chronic liver disease, which occurs with hepatitis B, hepatitis C and heavy drinking. Smoking. Hormones found in birth control pills.

Can a tumor in the liver be removed?

The best option to cure liver cancer is with either surgical resection (removal of the tumor with surgery) or a liver transplant. If all cancer in the liver is completely removed, you will have the best outlook. Small liver cancers may also be cured with other types of treatment such as ablation or radiation.

How fast do liver tumors grow?

The estimated time needed for a HCC to grow from 1 cm to 2 cm was 212 days in patients with HBV infection and 328 days in those with HCV infection.

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Does the size of a tumor determine the stage?

The stage of a cancer describes the size of a tumour and how far it has spread from where it originated. The grade describes the appearance of the cancerous cells.

Do liver tumors grow fast?

These cancers start in the cells lining the blood vessels of the liver. They often grow quickly.

Is a 5 cm liver tumor large?

Actually, single large (>5 cm) HCC is beyond the indication of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) or liver transplantation (LT) according to the BCLC treatment guideline.