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30 Yr old with Hepatitis B and Liver Cirrhosis

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Old 02-14-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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jayh82 HB User
30 Yr old with Hepatitis B and Liver Cirrhosis

Hi everyone. I just received some scary news from my Specialist and wanted to see if you guys were familiar with my situation.

I was born with Hepatitis B but had a healthy childhood (Played Football at College level, etc). From my teenage year to this past summer, I consumed a lot of alcohol which was not a good idea for someone with Hepatitis. (I have since then quite drinking all together)

I've been seeing my specialist the past 3 years and have been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis. (My liver got quite a bit worse in the past 2 years). I am medicated on Viread and have been eating healthier.

I had an ultrasound in October that looked fine (minus the cirrhosis) but my most recent ultrasound (Feb) showed a 1.2 cm nodule.

My doctor informed me that I need to go in for an emergency MRI but Canada system is superslow and my appt for MRI is booked a month away from now.

First question is,
If it IS cancer, is a 1.2cm nodule small enough that it can be taken out?

Secondly, Can I afford to wait another month for an MRI? They do have private MRI in Canada but it costs around $1000 whereas if I wait a month, its free.

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