Topic: Liver regeneration

I had the opportunity to speak with:
Dr. J.F. Geschwind, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology, Surgery, and Oncology Division Chief, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Director, Image Guided Interventional Laboratory, John Hopkins Medicine.

Dr. Geschwind explained that the liver does regenerate to its previous size in 4 to 6 weeks this includes, an atrophied lobe.  The major vessels stay in tact in an atrophied lobe and due to generation it will form back in volume to its original size. 

It was discussed, in the symposium, that resection can include anything up to 30% of the liver.  The volume of the liver is directly related to the size of the person - small people have smaller livers  -.

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Re: Liver regeneration

Just so some don't get panicky, regeneration doesn't always happen.  Mine did not, probably due primarily that I had chemo within two months of a resection.  Not surprisingly, almost no cell growth occurs during chemo, and this includes wound healing as well.   Almost two years later, no regeneration.  Regeneration is also a function of patient age, and that didn't help me at all and older patients experience slower regeneration.  The good news:  Ive got a 50% liver that's working perfectly.

Jim
Hospitals/Doctors Link,  Our Experiences:  http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb/viewtopic.php?id=3126  See page 4 of thread for Dr. Tomoaki Kato info.
Major USA Cancer Centers:  http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/majorcancercenters.htm

Re: Liver regeneration

Marion - Dr. Geschwind is quite the man, isn't he?  He was the doctor who did John's two chemo-embolizations.  We were very impressed with him and his knowledge was invaluable to us at the time.  What a nice guy! - Nancy

Mother of John who lost his battle on Oct. 9, 2009 at age 30....

Re: Liver regeneration

Marion, interesting. The good doctor has a label that reads like a who's who of titles! Excellent. Must be a brilliant man.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

Re: Liver regeneration

Jim...that is so very interesting to hear.  Your resection actually was quite minimal in comparison to most of our members.  You retained 50% viable liver function. That is great news. 
All my best,
Marion

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Re: Liver regeneration

Yah, but no beer or wine in my future!

Jim
Hospitals/Doctors Link,  Our Experiences:  http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb/viewtopic.php?id=3126  See page 4 of thread for Dr. Tomoaki Kato info.
Major USA Cancer Centers:  http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/majorcancercenters.htm

Re: Liver regeneration

Now, Jim, don't wine about the beer!!!!  smile:)

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

Re: Liver regeneration

Jim....Can you fool your palette and take a sip and spit it back out?

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Re: Liver regeneration

Been doing that for years as a post cardiac person.  If it tastes good, spit it out (all the best foods, of course).

There is some feeble hope, though.  I've found non-alcoholic beers aren't too bad, and Coors is actually good.  I do miss the wine with a meal.  But, can't have it all.

Jim
Hospitals/Doctors Link,  Our Experiences:  http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb/viewtopic.php?id=3126  See page 4 of thread for Dr. Tomoaki Kato info.
Major USA Cancer Centers:  http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/majorcancercenters.htm

Re: Liver regeneration

Jim...ha, ha, I should have known.  You have already figured it out.  I live in the wine country and you won't believe it but, at several gatherings I have seen people drink non-alcoholic wine also.  So, there is hope for your glass of wine with a meal.

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