A 51-year-old female asked:
my mother has had a recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma the doctor says it is now stage 4 but he can t give us any idea of how long she has to live?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered
48 years experience Pathology
Difficult to predict: Tumors have unpredictable courses. We know averages but there are wide variations around those averages. You doctor is right in not providing a timeline as it is not feasible to provide a realistic one. I do sympathize with the sad situation you are facing. May he grant you the strength to take care of your mother and yourself!
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Mary Maluccio answered
26 years experience Surgical Oncology
Difficult to know: Metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma is associated with a poor prognosis. Depending on your mother's functional status, there are chemotherapies available that have a decent chance of keeping it in check for sometime. Unfortunately, the average life expectancy for stage IV hcc is only about 12 months.
Answered on Nov 25, 2014
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