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What does metastatic liver cancer mean?

What does metastatic liver cancer mean?

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

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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Could you please explain metastatic liver cancer to me?

Could you please explain metastatic liver cancer to me?

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

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Is it possible for a person to survive metastatic liver cancer?

Is it possible for a person to survive metastatic liver cancer?

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

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My bf has diagnosis of metastatic liver cancer. How long does he have to live?

My bf has diagnosis of metastatic liver cancer. How long does he have to live?

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

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What are the treatments for metastatic liver cancer?

What are the treatments for metastatic liver cancer?

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

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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

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

Dr. Ravi Salgia: I personally know dr. Ravi salgia at the university of chicago. He specializes in lung cancers including small cell lung cancer. The university of chicago and northwestern are both superb institutions.
Best wishes,
ariel. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What are the symptoms of liver cancer that is metastatic?

What are the symptoms of liver cancer that is metastatic?

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

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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

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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?

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

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Can high levels of bilirubin alone cause liver failure in a metastic liver cancer pt?

Can high levels of bilirubin alone cause liver failure in a metastic liver cancer pt?

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

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Metastic liver cancer pt- bilirubin keeps rising but no blocked bile duct. What will happen?

Metastic liver cancer pt- bilirubin keeps rising but no blocked bile duct. What will happen?

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

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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

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

Depends on: Level of bilirubin, but in general metastatic cancer has a poor prognosis. Isolated bilirubin elevation can be caused by obstruction or hemolysis. Consult with your oncologist for specific details regarding prognosis in your case. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

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

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I'm wondering how long does someone in the final stages of terminal primary liver cancer have left?

I'm wondering how long does someone in the final stages of terminal primary liver cancer have left?

Difficult to: Predict. It is not feasible to provide an estimate of the time as tumors often behave in unexpected ways. Late stage primary liver cancer is general has a poor prognosis. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000280.htm. ...Read more

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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?

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?

It is a bad sign: Liver cancer can be associated with ascites. Some patients respond to treatment with sorafenib which is the recommended treatment. Once this has been done, there is very little second line treatments available. Survival then is short (less than 3 to 6 months at best). ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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How long can folks live w/ distant liver cancer?

How long can folks live w/ distant liver cancer?

Variable, months-yrs: Depends upon how virulent (aggressive) the cancer, whether it is primary or secondary, whether it can be removed surgical, whether it has spread ; to where ; whether ameable to chemotherapy ; if so how well it responds. ...Read more

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For liver cancer, how does one know the end is near?

For liver cancer, how does one know the end is near?

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 more

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How long can someone live of they have liver cancer?

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

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Liver cancer how long does someone live with liver cancer

Liver cancer how long does someone live with liver cancer

Depends: Depends on stage.

Here is a good resource:
http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/liver-cancer. ...Read more

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What is the difference between primary and secondary liver cancer?

Where cancer started: A primary liver cancer began in the liver. The original cell that turned cancerous was from the liver. A secondary liver cancer began somewhere else and spread to the liver. ...Read more

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Does liver cancer mean the same as a liver tumor?

Not always...: 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

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If stage 3 liver cancer how many months can she live?

It depends: No one can know how long patients live with cancer. I've treated patients who were told they had months to live and NT on the live good quality lives for years. I strongly urge patients not to focus on months or years and instead look at quality of life. ...Read more

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How many months does liver cancer from beginning to stage 4 takes?

How many months does liver cancer from beginning to stage 4 takes?

Variable: The rate of disease progression is unpredictable for any individual, and almost all diseases. To learn more about hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC - liver cancer), check the American Cancer Society website. There's lots of good information there. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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


Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Liver Cancer (Definition)

A primary cancer 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 ...Read more