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Metastic colon cancer with liver mets . Bilirubin was 12, then went to 95 and now 85. Is it starting to drop again ?

Metastic colon cancer with liver mets . Bilirubin was 12, then went to 95 and now 85. 

Is it starting to drop again ?

Very high : The difference between a bilirubin of 95 and 85 is not clinically meaningful. Be sure to follow up with your oncologist however, as the situation is complex. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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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Can someone with stage 4 colon cancer with liver mets lives long after sucessful treatments.

Can someone with stage 4 colon cancer with liver mets lives long after sucessful treatments.

It is possible: Several factors regarding colon cancer liver metastasis predict long term survival. Where the mets present when the original tumor was discovered? How many mets are present? Is the CEA level over 200? How large are the liver mets? How many lymph nodes were positive from the colon specimen? Can all of the liver lesions be removed or ablated? Are there metastasis present elsewhere ie: the lungs. ...Read more

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Will avastin (bevacizumab) increase survival significantly for metastic colon cancer with liver mets ? Is it a risky drug

Will avastin (bevacizumab) increase survival significantly for metastic colon cancer with liver mets ?

Is it a risky drug

Slight benefit: Bevacizumab (Avastin (bevacizumab)) is one of those drugs that is extremely expensive and often has limited benefit. Patients with metastatic colon cancer who received Avastin (bevacizumab) 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

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Can a person live up to 5 years with stage IV colon cancer ? 1 liver met and 1 node . Primary removed last year

Can a person live up to 5 years with stage IV colon cancer ? 1 liver met and 1 node . Primary removed last year

Yes , possible: 25% to 40 % is 5 years survival for Stage IV colon cancer . With aggressive treatment by resection of involved liver and chemotherapy even getting better results in recent years than couple of decades ago. ...Read more

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If a person with colon cancer has a liver met, 1 node and 1. 0.5 mm nodule In lobe , what is approx prognosis ? Primary removed last yr

If a person with colon cancer has a liver met, 1 node and 1. 0.5 mm nodule
In lobe , what is approx prognosis ? Primary removed last yr

Not good: Once a cancer had metastasized, it becomes inoperable and the only way to slow it down is with either radiation and or chemotherapy when these treatments work. Ultimately the treatment itself produces immunosuppression and makes the patient susceptible to infection which is often the actual cause of death. All these variables impact the length of survival. ...Read more

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Met colon cancer pt with liver mets . Has enteritis so on antibiotics . Fever , nausea and bilirubin fluctuating up and down... Can This be liver failing ?

Yes: if the bilirubin is going up, then the liver is obstructed and cannot get rid of it and.. is failing but can be fixed perhaps by putting a tube through to the intestines. If the liver enzymes are elevated and the proteins the liver puts out (albumin and clotting proteins) are low, then it is failing. ...Read more

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Pt with metastic colon cancer with liver and peritoneal Mets . Can this cause vomitting and fever ?

Pt with metastic colon cancer with liver and peritoneal
Mets . Can this cause vomitting and fever ?

Possible: It depends on many factors, but those are both possible. Best to see the oncologist for more specifics details regarding your case. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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


Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more