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How long on average do people with bowel cancer that has spread to the liver usually live for?

How long on average do people with bowel cancer that has spread to the liver usually live for?

Depends: Without treatment, months. If the cancer responds to chemotherapy, then can be years. If it does not respond, months. If the area in the liver can be removed, then survival potentially can be prolonged. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What is the prognosis of ampullary cancer that has spread to the liver? Been on chemo for 6 months now and no new cancer with slight shrinkage of mets

What is the prognosis of ampullary cancer that has spread to the liver? Been on chemo for 6 months now and no new cancer with slight shrinkage of mets

No data: There are no large studies on folks with metastatic ampullary carcinoma in the liver. I would not expect a cure, but I'm glad you've gotten good results. Live month to month, week to week, enjoying as much as you are able. By analogy with other cancers, I wouldn't be at all surprised if you have 1-2 more good years. These tend to be slow-growers. I admire your courage. ...Read more

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If I have colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver, should I have chemotherapy first?

If I have colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver, should I have chemotherapy first?

Find a good team: Colorectal cancer with spread to the liver is a hotly debated and controversial topic. Multiple variables include - the location of the tumor, the symptoms it is producing, the location of the liver mets and their potentail for surgical removal. You need an experienced team that deals with this commonly (surgical and medical oncologists, maybe rad onc, as well). Good ct/pet is vital. ...Read more

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What should I expect regarding stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver?

What should I expect regarding stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver?

Still treatable: There are many chemo options available. If it is stage 4 by virtue of minimal liver involvement-there is good medical data to talk with a liver surgeon to discuss removal of that portion of the liver. If there are other spots of tumor spread in the body, then chemotherapy and hormone suppression therapy are the mainstays of treatment. Focal radiation can help bone pain. ...Read more

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How long can I survive with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to my liver without chemotherapy?

How long can I survive with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to my liver without chemotherapy?

Hard to say: Hello - there are many treatment options for stage 4 breast cancer. If your cancer is ER or PR positive, hormonal tx can be used. If it is Her2 positive, Herceptin (trastuzumab) and other targeted, non-chemos can be used. If the breast cancer is triple negative then chemo is your best option. There are "mild" chemos, some oral, that can be tried. Average lifespan is usually quite long with treatment. Best ...Read more

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My dad has pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. How long can he live without further treatment?

My dad has pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. How long can he live without further treatment?

Palliative Care: Survival rates are most appropriately applied to large groups of patients; it's impossible to give such a number for one person, especially without knowing his own unique situation. As a generalization, it is very difficult to completely eradicate cancer in that setting. The fact that he has not responded to chemotherapy would suggest that the focus should be on palliative (comfort) care. ...Read more

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My dad have pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver. He took chemo and the doctor stopped it because it did not help. How long will live?

My dad have pancreatic cancer that has spread  to his liver. He took chemo and  the doctor stopped it because it did not help. How long will live?

No sure answer: Pancreatic ca , is very hard to treat, and frequently painful. Help him stay well nourished. See that he gets the best pain control he can. Be realistic on stage and tx benefits. ...Read more

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My uncl has colon cancer that has spread to his liver and now his lungs. He also has CHF and had half of his colon removed. What is his survival rate?

My uncl has colon cancer that has spread to his liver and now his lungs. He also has CHF and had half of his colon removed. What is his survival rate?

Unfortunately: Not too much , not in years , make him comfortable, now the quality of life is important i end stage cancer disease, not just the patient , family also must participate in the decisions. ...Read more

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What is survival rate/prognosis for ovarian cancer that has spread to liver?

What is survival rate/prognosis for ovarian cancer that has spread to liver?

Sadly, not good: If ovarian cancer has spread to the liver, the long-term medical prognosis is not good at all. Make sure you or your loved one has some good personal support in place. Mu heart goes out to you. ...Read more

Liver (Definition)

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