Denise Borino-Quinn, who played mob wife Ginny Sacrimoni on The Sopranos , has lost her long battle with liver cancer. She was 46 years old. Borino-Quinn, who had no previous acting experience, got the role during an open casting call, which she attended to support a childhood friend. The actress, whose character was known for her issues with her weight, actually lost 175 pounds after completing the show, thanks to stomach stapling surgery. Borino- Quinn had lost her husband, Luke Quinn in March. The couple had no children. Denise Borino-Quinn worked at a legal firm, when she was not acting.
Primary Liver Cancer (Source: National Cancer Institute)
Adult primary liver cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the liver.
Anatomy of the liver: The liver is in the upper abdomen near the stomach, intestines, gallbladder, and pancreas. The liver has four lobes. Two lobes are on the front and two small lobes (not shown) are on the back of the liver.
This summary refers to primary liver cancer ( cancer that begins in the cells of the liver). Metastatic liver cancer, which is cancer that begins in other parts of the body and spreads to the liver, is not discussed here. Primary liver cancer can occur in both adults and children. Treatment for children, however, may be different than treatment for adults.
The following are possible risk factors for adult primary liver cancer:
Possible signs of adult primary liver cancer include a lump or pain on the right side. These symptoms may be caused by swelling of the liver. These and other symptoms may be caused by adult primary liver cancer or by other conditions. A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems occur:
How is liver cancer diagnosed?
Liver cancer may be diagnosed by a physical examination or by imaging tests. To confirm a diagnosis of liver cancer, doctors may use blood tests, ultrasound tests, computer tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and angiograms. The doctor may also need to do a liver biopsy. During a biopsy, a small piece of liver tissue is removed and studied in the lab.
The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following:
There are many treatment options for those with liver cancer including:
For more details on treatment of liver cancer, as well as general information on liver cancer, click here to go to the Resounding Health Casebook on Liver Cancer.