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A 43-year-old female asked:

Mom has stage 4 hepatoma, her belly starting to swollen up, what does that mean as far as the lenght of time she has left in this world?

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Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 34 years experience
Advanced disease: St 4 generally means the cancer has spread to other organs. Fluid in the belly is called ascites and reflects the liver not working properly. If she is not eating or drinking then you can expect a few weeks only. If she is still fairly functional and eating she may have many more months.

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Last updated Nov 21, 2013

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