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I am sorry to hear Princess is having this problem.
Liver tumors can be very benign or can be very aggressive depending on the type of tumor.
The only way to know 100% what tumor you have present is to have a biopsy done. This is either done surgically (full removal) or laparoscopically (a small sample), or it can be done via ultrasound. The least invasive is ultrasound guided, however that provides the smallest sample so it is the least diagnostic. Before any of these are done, blood clotting times should be checked to ensure there is no major bleeding during any of these procedures.
The tumor may or may not cause a shortening of her life, depending on the tumor type. Some tumors can sit there for years without causing any major clinical signs.
If you elect to hold on surgery, I would recommend having follow up ultrasounds every 3-6 months to monitor the tumor for changes.
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