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Biopsy on Liver Tumor Benign but Unidentified

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Old 01-09-2009, 07:28 AM   #1
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Biopsy on Liver Tumor Benign but Unidentified

My first time. I'm worried but trying not to let it control my life. In Oct. 2008 I had an unltrasound and it showed liver lesions. My doctor said not to worry most of the time liver lesions are benign. I had the ultrasound because I was having pain in my right side under my rib cage and vomiting. He also did blood work (this included the AFP). Everything was normal. He sent me for am MRI which showed several lesions with one the size of a golfball. I was sent for a biopsy. The biopsy was in the front of my stomach. Very uncomfortable afterwords. The nurse called me on 12/24/2008 and said the biopsy was benign. I was estatic. She could not give me anymore information at that time so I scheduled a follow up with the doctor for 1/13/2009. On Monday I got a call from my doctor. He explained the biopsy was benign but they could not identify what it was. He had sent the biopsy to a specialist. I asked if I should panic. He said his gut feeling is I do not have cancer and he said he usually does not give his gut reaction to patients. For some reason this is not very reassuring. From reading on this site I feel comforted this probably is benign but I can't help but worry about cancer. Any thoughts are information would be greatly appreciated. I do not want to discuss with my family my mother is extremely ill and my husband's mother is in Stage IV lung cancer.

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Old 01-11-2009, 10:37 AM   #2
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Re: Biopsy on Liver Tumor Benign but Unidentified

Try not to panic, it could be a hemangioma, adenoma, of fnh, please go to that thread and read. They already said it was benign, so take a deep breath. I had a benign tumor myself which was a hemangioma, which has been removed, and they felt it was a hemangioma after doing a cat scan. They of course biopsied the tissue after removal and it supported their original diagnosis. From what I have read, these things are more common in women and some doctors believe birth control causes them to grow. Talk to your doctor about these tumors and if you want more answers you could see a hepatologist. I feel better knowing the biopsy was benign!
Hang in there girl.

Old 01-11-2009, 01:37 PM   #3
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Re: Biopsy on Liver Tumor Benign but Unidentified

Thank you so much. I have started to read the thread you suggested. I had never heard of any of these things before now. I feel much better now. What an emotional rollcoaster it has been. I have alot of questions to ask now that I armed with additional information. I see the Doctor Tuesday. Hopefully I will have some answers.

Again thank-you very much! :-)

Old 01-13-2009, 09:33 AM   #4
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Re: Biopsy on Liver Tumor Benign but Unidentified

Well I got a diagnosis. I have hepatic adenomatosis. The largest adenoma is 7cm. The others are smaller and too numerous to count. I am being referred to a liver specialist/surgeon at Mayo. Apparently, the big one could rupture. I was told to stop all birth control immediately. I'm glad it is not cancer. I have some research to do about this disorder. Apparently, this is uncommon. The doctor said sometimes these can change to cancer. Is there anything else I can do to prevent a rupture of the big one?

Old 01-13-2009, 03:06 PM   #5
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Re: Biopsy on Liver Tumor Benign but Unidentified

Rdye, welcome to the club. I had a 9cm adenoma removed last April. There are many others on the support thread that had the same thing.
Yes, adenomas can turn malignant (10-15% chance) and yes they can rupture. I would not try any new and crazy workouts right now.
Glad you are going to Mayo, you will be treated well there. Ask them lots of questions and ask us too. That is why we stay on here. If you have not already, you can click on my name and read through all of our post. A lot is fluff, but you will find some useful info on what to expect. We all had different journies with our liver tumors, but the best part is we all made it through and are doing great.
Please ask questions and know we are here for you in the other thread x15.

Old 01-15-2009, 06:33 AM   #6
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Re: Biopsy on Liver Tumor Benign but Unidentified

Thanks! Can't wait to talk to Mayo. I have been reading and have already picked up very useful information. Now I know why my right side and back hurt. Did you ever have a sharp stabbing pain in your right side?

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