View Full Version : What does it mean when HCC is elevated?

01-16-2009, 06:45 PM
Hi, i was wondering what the usual diagnosis is, if the HCC levels are up. My father has been diagnosed with hepatitis and mild cirrhosis(doctor saw it when he had his gallbladder removed) due to alcohol. He stopped drinking for about 6 months and is now back to drinking heavily. He went to a specialist and they said everything looked fine until they got labs back that showed his HCC was elevated. He had a CT scan two days ago and now we are sitting here worrying ourselves because all we seem to find is that it is Cirrhosis or cancer, bad news either way. The labs were taken about a month ago, but soon after he got very ill. Nausea, diarrhea, sleeping all day, pain in the upper right of his abdomen, loss of appetite and since a few days vomiting. What is going on?

01-18-2009, 07:28 PM
Okay, all I really want to know what the usual outcome its for elevated HCC. Is there anybody that could explain what this means?

01-19-2009, 01:05 PM
Hello pfifi I am so sorry to hear of your fathers illness and the worrying that is being endured by your family.

I hope by now you have some idea from the doctors of what is really going on with your father.

In my (our) experience with my husbands HCC the CT scan impacted signigicantly on his condition of cancer and he died not long after.

Heptocellular caccinoma is a cancer so I guess the word elevated relates to the staging or extent for your father.

Bad news for sure is so very difficult to cope with and I still am digesting the news we recieved 1 year after my husband passiing.

'Nausea, diarrhea, sleeping all day, pain in the upper right of his abdomen' were syptoms of my husbands condition amongst other things.

I consider in hindsight I may have let precious moments slip bye with my husband thru worrying and can only suggest that you let worry fall by the wayside and just let love rule.

Please know that your plea for information has not fallen on deaf ears and that while I have not posted here before I was compelled to register to let you know there are others out her who do care.

01-19-2009, 07:17 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure it has been very hard on you.
First, thank you for your reply. I like to know everything, even if it is bad. This way there aren't any surprises. Right now, we are stationed in Germany and I have to be ready to jump on a plane to Oklahoma or be ready to put in for a humanitarian assignment, so I can be with my father and mother.
I also wanted to thank you for your advice on not wasting the time you have, on worrying. My mother still doesn't want to believe it or hear about it. I think she is in shock and my father is really giving up now, while I try to tell them and myself to enjoy everyday together as much as possible. Which is so hard when you know that your about to loose someone you love to a disease such as cancer.

01-19-2009, 10:33 PM
Yes cancer the thief is so cruel.

With medico's not wanting to put timeframes on death it is difficult to know when is the time to be near.

Perhaps you should ask yourself what would be the news about your fathers condition that would trigger you to make the journey. Perhaps you have already recieved that news and have your own state of shock stalling your travel.

Liver cancer as I have read and experienced can and does cause rapid decline and in the case of my husband he passed away within 7 days of being advised he had a couple of months to live.

Your mum may or may not accept the prognosis and who knows this denial may be the place from where she draws her strength for the hard days ahead.

01-19-2009, 11:18 PM
"my father is really giving up now" is so much like a comment that was made to me by a well meaning friend days after my husband died.

I got annoyed at these types of comments, because my husband wanted nothing more than to stay here with me and our 6 children. He did not give up, he just died of cancer, The cancer was simply in control of his body and there was nothing that he or anyone could do to stop the cancer train in it's tracks as it ran over his body.

When I hear reports in the media (and or death notices) of people going into remission because they 'fought the best battle' or had 'the strongest army of supporters behind them' I still get irked.

I consider anyone and their families who have cancer as being on a journey.

The fact that liver cancer is gernerally not diagnosed until the disease has progressed extensively leaves sufferers often with little treatment options.

If this is the case with your dad then he and your mum may need you for many reasons including practical matters like giving your mum some respite so she can sleep and or just manning the phone that gerneally rings off it's head when cancer rears it's head so your mum and dad can spend time together uninterrupted.