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End Stage Metastatic Liver Cancer
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. ...Read more
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
Could mean. ..: This could mean one of two things - metastatic to the liver means that cancer has spread from somewhere else (like colon) to the liver. Metastatic liver cancer means that the liver cancer has spread outside of the liver (usually to blood vessels, lung or bone). It is not a good thing. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Depends: Liver cancer that has moved to other organs often has a short overall survival. That being said, there are exceptions. To find out more, ask your doctor how long between the time the liver cancer and the metastasis was diagnosed, how many metastatic sites are there, and how large are they. These pieces of information will help answer your question better. Sometimes isolated mets can be removed. ...Read more
Several: Try md anderson, ochsner clinic, mayo clinic. ...Read more
Chemotherapy: Primary liver cancer can spread to other parts of the liver, adrenal glands or lymph nodes. Any spread is a bad sign and is rarely curable. Some metastases can be removed surgically but they often recur. By injecting drugs into individual tumor blood vessels some metastases can be killed. New chemotherapies can slow the progression of the cancer for a few months but there is still no cure. ...Read more
Advanced metastatic liver cancer. Tumors 15cm&7.5. High liver enzymes, fatigue after 2nd chemo session., embolization not possible. Any help!
Looking for a doctor who specializes in small cell metastatic liver cancer. Can you recommend some in chicago? A friend has just been diagnosed as having inoperable liver/lung cancer. Doctors gave her 7 - 10 months to live. We want to continue the figh
My gran had her eye removed due to ocular melanoma 3 years ago. Now metastatic liver cancer, no treatment. No other info given. Life expectancy?
Ask her to ask dr.: Liver metastases from any cancer is not a good sign. However depending on many other factors will determine what her life expectancy is, especially knowing what her constitutional health is, her vitality. So, the best answer would be for her to ask her doctor, or see if she'll give you permission to do so (that must be documented in her chart.) also, make sure that her diet is good, and keep her spirit strong. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My mom was diagnosed with liver cancer stage 4 with metastatic tumor in her spine (t5). Oct 19 she had the tumor removed. What should we do the next?
Definitions please: Just to be clear, is it a cancer that started in the liver or a cancer that spread to the liver? Primary liver cancer can be treated with targeted therapy, a new generation of molecular medicines. See here: http://bit. Ly/ryvgwy if it is cancer from another organ that spread to liver, then therapy is based on the site of origin. Suggest ask questions here: http://bit. Ly/ryvuwr @drsteventucker. ...Read more
Hx of metastatic pap thy cancer with hashimotos and rheum arth. Poss liver mass found on no contrast CT. Nausea loss appetite feel full. Liver cancer?
Need evaluation: Hi. The liver needs to be evaluated and if mass is confirmed, it needs to be biopsied. Papillary thyroid cancer is not likely to metastasize to liver, so that history is probably unrelated. You should see a gastroenterologist, and have that questionable liver mass evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more
Let's reframe the?: The issue isn't the amount of bilirubin causing problems with the liver. The liver is likely infiltrated with tumor mets and therefore is not able to process bilirubin. The elevated bilirubin can have multiple causes but is a symptom of the liver failure rather than the cause. It can also be a symptom of obstruction of the biliary system in the liver by tumor or simply inactivity (cholestasis). ...Read more
Be strong, KanabarT: Again, please forgive my frankness. You have written perhaps a dozen times describing a variety of events that are typical of the last stages of metastatic colorectal cancer. There is no predicting the time of death, which may be weeks away, but with rising kidney function tests, thrombocytopenia, and dehydration, perhaps it is time to have a frank talk with the physician about comfort measures. ...Read more
If total bilirubin high with metastic liver cancer pt, but other liver tests normal this mean liver damaging / failing? And does it continue to rise. No bile blocked
Bilirubin is increasing alot. Metastic liver cancer. Other liver function tests appear normal. What is going on? No bile duct blockage. Is liver failing?
Are there any experimental options we can exercise for my grandma (81) who has terminal stage 4 liver cancer? She only has a few months left.
Hospice: Unfortunately no. At this point hospice would be the best option for her. ...Read more
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 more
I'm wondering how long does someone in the final stages of terminal primary liver cancer have left?
Does ascites for advance liver cancer patient mean that it is the final stage? What is life expectancy for such a 70 yrs old patient?
How to provide relief to 70 years old man in final stage of liver cancer? Pain is in control with pain killers but how to control fatigue and anxiety?
Palliative care: Patients with late stage cancer need palliative care (symptom relief). This can be provided by a palliative care specialist (if there is one available). Otherwise his oncologist can control his symptoms with proper medication. I think you have already told us that your father is on decadron which can cause hyperactivity/anxiety type reaction. This requires dose reduction by 50%. Ativan can relax hi ...Read more
My aunt was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer that spread to her spine about 6 months ago. Last month they stopped treatment and gave her hospice services. She also has copd, life expectancy?
Short: Liver cancers vary in aggressiveness and life expectancies depend on many factors. But survival is probably in range of weeks to few months if not sooner. ...Read more
Depends on factors: There are a several factors which contribute to survival rate in all cancers, including liver cancer. Is it metastatic or primary? What is the general health of the patient? Does it involve regional blood vessels? What is the tumor type? So, seek the advice of a trained liver surgeon and an oncologist, and be your best advocate. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends on stage.
Here is a good resource:
http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/liver-cancer. ...Read more
Not all liver tumors/masses are malignant. Some liver tumors are benign (such as liver hemangiomas which are benign mass-ike collections of small blood vessels).
"liver cancer" can be a primary growth in the liver (one that started in the liver), or "liver cancer" can represent spread from another body site (metastasis).
Ask your physician to clarify terms and to be specific about word meanings. ...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
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