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Treating Benign and Malignant Liver Tumors | FAQs with Dr. Richard Burkhart

Treating Benign and Malignant Liver Tumors | FAQs with Dr. Richard Burkhart

(bright music)>>The most common types
of benign liver tumors include hemangiomas, which
are more of an abnormal nest of blood vessels in the liver,
focal nodular hyperplasia, which is a term that refers
to areas in the liver which grow essentially
larger and quicker than other areas of the liver. And finally, adenomas, or
abnormal growths of liver cells, which are technically still benign. (bright music) The causes of benign liver
tumors are in large part unknown, particularly when it comes to hemangiomas and focal nodular hyperplasia. Some of these types of
diseases can run in families, however, for the most part, we don’t know what truly causes them. Adenomas may be one exception. For patients who experience
an adenoma, oftentimes that’s from an excess in estrogen levels. It’s more common historically
when the estrogen in women’s contraceptives were higher. Nevertheless, we still do
see it occasionally today associated with oral contraceptive use. (bright music) By and large, benign
liver tumors are watched, meaning we don’t do any
specific therapy for them. We don’t give medications
or offer surgeries for them. The one exception, is perhaps, when tumors cause discomfort or pain. In those cases, we will
sometimes offer patients interventions, including medications and potentially surgeries. However, we’re careful to
evaluate these patients, as it is rare for a benign liver tumor to cause pain or discomfort. The one exception is
perhaps a hepatic adenoma. When hepatic adenomas
enlarge to a certain size, they become at risk for
bleeding and for development of malignancy, so in those cases we can occasionally offer a resection. (bright music) The difference between
a benign liver tumor and a malignant liver tumor is the ability of the cells that make up
that tumor to spread elsewhere in the body and cause harm. For a benign liver tumor,
these are things which usually do not grow quickly and
they do not leave the liver and colonize other areas
of the body and cause harm. Cancer, on the other hand, can. Cancer invades the normal
tissues, spreads throughout the liver and can go elsewhere in the body and ultimately, can unfortunately
take a patient’s life. (bright music) Well, for the most part,
benign liver tumors do not need any specific therapies. And as we discussed a little earlier, we mostly will watch these. Malignant liver tumors, however, do routinely require therapy. That therapy is usually
driven by a multidisciplinary discussion where we discuss
and decide on the utilization of both medical, surgical
and interventional radiologic interventions to try to prevent
this tumor from growing, spreading and taking a patient’s life. (bright music)

9 comments on “Treating Benign and Malignant Liver Tumors | FAQs with Dr. Richard Burkhart

  1. Last august 2018 I went to the hospital for ultrasound then they found out that I have benign measured 3.81×2.99
    ×2.55 cm. They wanted me to undergo surgery. 😢

  2. Doc Pompa just lied to me in June after having a more thorough ultrasound and when I kept pushing through his avoidance he said I had pollops on my liver.
    How when I have paid so much for juicing and other foods could I possibly have pollops on my liver all of a sudden.
    All I know is while laying on my left side and the lady technician was moving the wand around on my right side She landed on a spot I thought to be the liver (one of doc Pompas allegments was he tried to say it was intercostal but I said doc she was no where near my ribs)
    So how can I identify pollops myself and if it is this what is causing it and how do I reverse it?

  3. I have 2 tumors on my liver had an mri yesterday to see what kind they are. I have pain in my stomach on the right said. Can they cut them out if I want them to? I dont like the discomfort

  4. Thanks, but I was asking for specific ideas to alleged pollops which I am sure you must have some existing data about pollops and conditions that would cause doc to think to say pollops not more opinions. Then I asked what can be done through non-invasive methods in first order nutrition especially knowing I was exposed to toxic gasses and by his refusal of airborne toxins he suggested instead RADON. But he refused to comment on methods. His receptionist said he refuses to deal with nutrition for whatever reason. I suggest that you use the language courses for your own people that can't read the English language I wrote.

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