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David Bowie—Liver Cancer says a close friend

According to New York Daily News a friend of Davids said he had liver cancer.

David Bowie died of liver cancer, friend and collaborator says
BY JACQUELINE CUTLER  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, January 11, 2016, 11:28 AM

David Bowie died of liver cancer, says his close friend.

The pop icon died Sunday after battling cancer for 18 months — and no details were officially released.

But Ivo Van Hove, a Belgian theater director who worked with Bowie on the New York Theater Workshop production of "Lazarus," told a Dutch radio station that Bowie had liver cancer.

Bowie, who turned 69 Friday, kept his cancer private and only his closest circle knew.

David Bowie, the legendary British rock star behind hits "Space Oddity," "Major Tom," "Young Americans" and "Fame," has died after a 18-month battle with cancer on Jan. 10, 2016, just days after his 69th birthday. The news of Bowie's death was confirmed on the artist's official Facebook page: "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief." Take a look back at his life and impressive career that spanned over 40 years ...David Bowie dead at 69: Look back at the rocker's life and career.David Bowie and ImanDavid Bowie wearing his iconic lighting makeup on the cover of his 1973 album, Aladdin SaneVIEW GALLERY
David Bowie dead at 69: Look back at the rocker's life and career
Reports said that Bowie had cancer for 18 months, on the longer side of the survival rate,  which is six to 20 months, said Dr. Ankur Parikh, a hematologist-oncologist with Cancer Treatment Centers, Eastern Regional Medical Center. Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the world, with lung cancer as the first for men and breast cancer for women, he said.

Parikh was careful to explain he was talking about liver cancer in general and not Bowie specifically.

The most common causes of liver cancer, with 80% of the cases, are Hepatitis B and C virus infections.
"Part of the thing to do is control those viruses," Parikh said. "If you have Heiaitis B or Hepatitis C, be plugged into a specialist for the liver who can treat the infection."

David Bowie, who died Sunday, apparently had liver cancer, a friend said Monday.
Another common cause of liver cancer, he said, is cirrhosis.

"Alcohol can lead to cirrhosis and cirrhosis is when liver cells are no longer functioning," he said. "Anything that can cause cirrhosis also increases the risk."

Symptoms of liver cancer often do not show up until the cancer is advanced, he said. Those symptoms include jaundice, diarrhea, weight loss and "when the liver starts failing the spleen can get larger and some patients will get full quickly," Parikh said.

Treatment hinges on how extensive the cancer is and if it's early in the process, surgery is possible as people can survive without a portion of the liver. Chemo is not usually a good option but there is an FDA-approved pill that targets liver cancer.

"Patients unfortunately succumb to liver failure," Parikh said. "You cannot live without the liver. Things that normally get filtered no longer do and the liver is responsible for making proteins in the blood which help keep it safe and when the liver starts failing, you grow more susceptible to bleeding and bruising."

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163305 tn?1333668571
So sorry to hear this sad news. Thanks for posting.
6708370 tn?1471490210
I wondered about this.
Think his liver cancer was caused by Hep C?
What a tragic loss but Bowie music everywhere today - internet, social media, blaring from cars and shops. My son said that David Bowie was the soundtrack of his life when he was in 7th grade
29837 tn?1414534648
As most of you know, if a person has liver cancer, he or she will not be a candidate for a transplant, due to the fact that livers are always in great demand for transplants, as many wait several years for one. The thought is that doctors do not want to give a liver to a person with cancer because of the possibility that person will not survive. If the cancer is cured, the person will be a candidate again. I'm sure you know who I'm talking about...

A very sad day for music... R.I.P. David...

683231 tn?1467323017
Hi Magnum

I have thought having HCC gave you points and moved one up on the transplant list getting you transplanted sooner unless the tumor was too large.

At one of my doctors offices they even told me sometimes they hope patients get HCC so they can be transplanted sooner when they are otherwise healthier less the liver cancer

I am confused
I believe it depends on tumor size and whether your cancer has metastasized
They don't want to waste a liver on someone whose prognosis is not good
29837 tn?1414534648
Cancer spreads many time in many cases. The diagnosis of a person with cancer of the liver, has to undergo a period of time to see if it metastasizes into other parts of the body, as it happened to Steve Jobs. There has to be a period of evaluation and of scrutiny in percentages of the past, of what a cancer will or will not do.

16957686 tn?1452633353
Jobs died of tumors originating in the endocrine glands , which are among the rarer forms of pancreatic cancer. He had the liver transplant due to that not vice versa.
in fact , Jobs's pancreatic cancer was a type that was much more successfully treated with surgery if he had done so
7469840 tn?1409845836
Bowie had a heart attack on stage in 2004, and was a smoker too, so may have had lung cancer that spread to his liver. He certainly did drugs way back when, so may have contracted HepC, but who knows. My old boyfriend that I got my HepC from died of HCC, and died within a fairly short time of diagnosis, a year or so.
6708370 tn?1471490210
Fyininlynn, it seems So wrong on So many levels for anyone in the medical profession to say that it would be better to have a "little" cancer

Like playing Russian Roulette
1689583 tn?1387752394
If he had lung cancer and spread to his liver that would have been the primary cancer, however they said he died from liver cancer to me that was the primary.
2059648 tn?1439766665
Liver cancer and "liver cancer" associated with Hepatitis C is very different.  There are many different kinds of cancer.   Full blown liver cancer has little chance of survival due to the function of the liver.   Monitoring liver cancer in cirrhosis is so important to keep the cancer in check and confined to the liver.
In general people don't monitor their liver for cancer resulting in the spread of cancer resulting in  poor prognosis and death.  
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