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Is it possible for a person to survive metastatic liver cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Possible, not likely: Cancer metastatic to the liver or liver cancer metastatic to other sites usually heralds incurable disease. Occasionally a solitary metastatic lesion the liver may be resected and if the primary lesion has bee successfully treated, it may afford the possibility of a cure. Even less often, liver transplant along with removal of the primary lesion may offer cure.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Dr. Singh is right as usual. Just in the past year, there has been talk of metastatic colon cancer of a certain molecular subtype going into "lasting remission" with today's chemotherapy. Whatever happens, cherish each day of life.
Jul 20, 2012

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What does metastatic liver cancer mean?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Sometimes cancer: Can spread to liver. Typically cancers that occur (primary site) in GI tract, such as colon, stomach, etc, spread to regional lymph nodes and then to liver. But cancers from other sites, such as breast, prostate, lung, skin, and really any organ, can spread to liver. If the cancer starts in the liver and spread to other organs, it can be metastatic liver cancer too.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of liver cancer that is metastatic?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Site of mets: People with liver cancer often have underlying diseases, e.g., cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, hemochromatosis etc. Development of liver cancer causes worsening of existing condition, plus , enlarged liver, weakness, fluid in abdomen, weight loss, jaundice etc. Aduitional symptoms will depend on the site of metastases, which usually are in the lung, therefore cough, blood in sputum etc.

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