Oct 21, 2011 - 12:58 pm
My husband survived liver failure 13 years ago and up to now has lived a healthy and normal life. He has Hep C and cirrhosis. He was diagnosed by MRI two weeks ago with a 5 cm tumor in section 8 of the liver suspicious for HCC. UVA wants to do a biopsy but I read that a biopsy can cause the cancer cells to spread within the liver or seed to outside the liver. The treatment I was hoping for would be shrinking the tumor and then a resection. We cancelled the liver biopsy and have sent his test results (MRI,ultrasound and labs) to Johns Hopkins for review and a second opinion on the biopsy. Any comments on the biopsy and treatment at UVA and Johns Hopkins?