JoAnn, I just wanted to give a quick reply because, as you know, I had liver cancer. I had a HUGE tumor that took up most of the right lobe and spread into the inferior vena cava. It first became apparent on a routine sonogram, which I was having on a yearly basis. From the size of the thing, I think it must have been overlooked the previous year. After diagnosis, it did not grow much more in the next 1 1/2 yrs. before I finally had surgery. What confirmed the diagnosis was a CT scan with 2 types of contrast--one I drank and the other was IV. I now have this done regularly, and before any surgery. My alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)...remember we talked about this recently--was never sky-high, not even when I developed cancer. Also, I never had a lot of pain. Just prior to surgery, I started having some "twinges" in my upper right quadrant, but I was MUCH more fatigued than I am now, even though I still have untreated hep C.
I agree with Shelly--don't worry about things that have not yet happened. Have they done any CT scans of Jerry's abdomen? Aside from a biopsy, a CT or MRI would be the surest way to know what's going on with his liver. Blood work does not always show the whole story. It didn't with me. I was diagnosed and treated for the cancer and never did have to have a biopsy...though one was done of the left lobe while I was under anesthesia during the cancer surgery.