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Avastin For Liver Cancer
Hubi had colon cancer 2yrs ago now has 40% liver mets 2 at 4" and 14 smaller ones had 3 months oxi p no improvement now on avastin and oxi how long?
Depends: We don't have expiration date marked on our body. How long one will live will depend on many factors. It will definitely depend on the biology of the cancer, the response to therapy, your husband's overall condition etc.At least from studies we know, on average, stage IV colon cancer's survival is approximately 36 months or so. One may be shorter while other may be longer. D/w your oncologist. ...Read more
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Will avastin increase survival significantly for metastic colon cancer with liver mets ?
Is it a risky drug
Slight benefit: Bevacizumab (Avastin) is one of those drugs that is extremely expensive and often has limited benefit. Patients with metastatic colon cancer who received Avastin plus chemotherapy lived 1-2 months longer on average than those receiving chemo only. Because it has marginal benefit but costs ~$30,000 the U.K. Health Service won't pay for it. It can cause skin rash, bleeding or wound healing problems. ...Read more
Unusual in US Europe: Primary liver cancer is relatively unusual in most of the world unless the patient has chronic hepatitis b or c. In parts of asia, primary liver cancer is more common and may be related to other infections. Cancer from other sites that metastasizes to the liver (especially colon and lung) is relatively common. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not necessarily: Liver cancer is a pretty bad diagnosis, depends whether it is primary or metastatic. There is treatment though including transplant if you are young and in good shape, and there are many other novel treatments as well. You need close follow up with your doctors at this point and to evaluate all the options. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually: Liver cancer is usually not painful. The condition that leads to liver cancer (chronic hepatitis/cirrhosis) can cause vague pain in the right upper quadrant of the belly. Most liver cancer is picked up in asymptomatic patients by lab tests or by scans. Occasionally a patient will have painless yellowing of the skin due to liver cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult prediction: Predicting when the end is near is notoriously difficult. For liver cancer, increase in jaundice, general swelling of the body and abdomen, marked loss of muscle mass, bleeding in tissues or externally, and onset of coma could signal that the end is near. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very generous idea: But first need to unravel the 'appropriateness' of gram as a transplant recpinet with her tumor, then your histocompatibility (match) for transplant. Once anathema, primary liver cancers now get a close look about compatibity for transplant, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple: The symptoms of liver cancer really depend on what the cancer is from and where in the liver it is. Some have no symptoms at all. Sometimes they can cause abdominal pain. Others could be jaundice, swollen abdomen, easy bleeding or bruising, swollen legs, fatigue, weight loss. Some are because of the tumor and some are because of the loss of function of the liver from whatever caused the tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer of the liver can be a primary cancer (hepatocellular cancer) & is more common in those exposed to hepatitis b or hepatitis c or cirrhosis from other causes. It can also be a secondary cancer, spread from another site such as colon, stomach, lung, etc. Some liver cancers are treated with surgery & some with chemotherapy, radiofrequency ...Read more
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