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Forum Name: Liver Diseases

Question: hepatitis

 sposada - Thu Jun 03, 2004 5:44 pm

my friend's mom got a blood transfusion back in the 1970's. About 10 years ago, the doctors ran blood tests on her mom and found she had hepatitis probably from that blood transfusion. Over this past weekend, my friend's mom told her that her liver is producing abnormally high levels of protein and her doctor wants to give her low doses of chemotherapy. Why would her doctor do that? Does her mom have cancer of the liver or does this have something to do with her mom's hepatitis?

 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Fri Jun 04, 2004 2:07 am

User avatar Hi Sposada,
Do you know what the name of this protein is? Has she undergone any imaging for the liver (ultrasound? CT?) If it is alfa feto protein that is being produced in very large amounts, that combined with the appearance of tumors in her scans would be indicative of cancer. Please try to find out more details.
 sposada - Fri Jun 04, 2004 10:56 am

Dear Doctor:

Thank you very much for posting a reply to my question. I have relayed your message to my friend and she is going to try to get her mom to tell her more information. It seems that her mom doesn't want to worry her so she isn't saying any details, which obviously has my friend very worried.

Anyway, once I have more info., I'll post again. Thanks again.


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