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Liver cancer/disease

Male, 16, 65kg, rarely smoke (maybe 20 in total Over the last 3 years), rarely drink, especially in the last year, vegetarian.

Hi there, for context I got my bloods taken due to passing out for about a minute. It’s happened about twice once when I was 8 and then a couple months back. Doctors put it down to a reaction to pain as I had fallen down stairs the first time and chocked the second time. I also tend to have blackened vision and dizziness when I stand, however they don’t seem worried about this even though I bring it up with them frequently. They said I should have bloods taken just in case, which I’m thankful for.

From there this is the timeline:

ECG- Had an ECG which was inconclusive as my hard rate was pushing 125bpm (due to nerves, i test my bpm daily and it’s 55-70 max when resting). They have booked me to have a second

Blood pressure- came back borderline high, at 145/90 however this was taken when my heart rate was 125 so they also want me to retake this.

Blood test results:

They tested my for a lot of different things, the abnormalities are as follows. (Unfortunately they wouldn’t email me all the results)

• bilirubin levels high-unfortunately I do not have the number so it may be easier just to think of it as elevated. I believe they were either 2.9 or 29 again I am unsure of what it  is measured in.

•alkaline phosphate levels high- at a level of 164 (not sure of measurement as doctor was reluctant to send me results)

The only other results I recieved were:

• vit d- 51
•b12- 578
Doctor said these were fine

He wants me to have an ultrasound on my liver and more blood tests, which should happen soon.  From what I’ve researched these two hormones(?) both point to liver disease/cancer which i am already a risk factor - both of of my mothers parents died at an early age to cancer, and my mum recently passed due to breast cancer which ended up spreading to her liver(which is what ended up killing her sadly, it likely wouldn’t have spread to her liver however she chose to not have generic treatment and instead take a herbal and spiritual approach, unfortunately I was only 13 and was too blind to tell her that what she was doing was a grave error :( ).
My sex drive has also been reduced a lot over the past year, for seemingly no reason( haven’t brought this up with the doctor, I know I should, I will).

I would ask whether or not I should worry, but clearly I should. I think I subconsciously wrote this just to vent and organise my thoughts (I’ve just got the results) but if anybody has ever had a similar experience or have treated someone with a similar case it would be great to hear how it went :) and if there are any lifestyle changes I should make in the mean time before my diagnosis it would be great to know, obviously I won’t be drinking, probably ever haha. Thanks :)
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363281 tn?1643235611
Hello again. Your vitamin D levels are on the low side, I would add a supplement to keep it higher as Vitamin D is so good for other things as well, such as fighting infection. Your Vitamin B12 level is fine.

As to the Bilirubin, it is higher than "normal" so this should be discussed with your doctor.
The ALP is fine given your age as it is higher in people that are under 18, it can go up as high as 180.

I know cancer is a concern, but try not to worry. After you get all the tests done that the GP wants, then he will compile them all and it will make a clearer picture as to what is going on. The Ultra sound will help a lot in determining what is going on with the liver.
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363281 tn?1643235611
Hello~I am sorry you are having a difficult with your doctor, he/she should give you all results then go over them with you, I would certainly be looking into changing GP's.

I am not sure about the labs, but again, this needs to be discussed with a GP, especially since cancer runs in your family.

I would call your GP and insist on going over the lab results.  Also, I noticed your age is 16, some GP's won't discuss things in depth unless they speak with the parent as well, so this may be why your doctor is not being completely open with you.

I hope you get the help you need soon and that all will work out. For your liver, I would take an herb called "Milk Thistle" this can be bought at any health food store and is great for supporting the liver, it comes in capsules.
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Thanks for the reply, I’ll ring my gp tomorrow and ask to go over the results in more depth. Would you say that the biomarkers indicate probable liver cancer ?
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