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Is it possible to cure esophagus cancer that has spread to liver by receiving a liver transplant?

Is it possible to cure esophagus cancer that has spread to liver by receiving a liver transplant?

Absolutely not!: No legitimate studies support the idea, and the immunosuppressive drugs block the immune systems aid in cancer control. Controlling the local disease is poor regardless of local therapy, and there are other sites of potential metastasis. I would not think of it for me if I had this. ...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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Why does a person with cancer in the esophagus, stomach and liver lose their balance?

Why does a person with cancer in the esophagus, stomach and liver lose their balance?

Seek help fm Oncolog: There can be more than one reasons. Your doctor can figure this out better since he/she knows more about your Cancer and your labs. Make sure that you are not anemic (low Hb level). Also some chemo drugs can cause peripheral neuropathy. Tumor can also get to the brain although it is uncommon with this type of Cancer. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 58 yo male with stage 4 inoperable esophagus and liver cancer?

What is the life expectancy for a 58 yo male with stage 4 inoperable esophagus and liver cancer?

Esophageal cancer: Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus is a serious and increasingly common cancer. Early forms are treated by local excision, but once it invades muscle or involves distant structures, the challenge is greater. Some clinical trials are available which might prolong life for your loved one beyond 6-12 months. Search for an NCI cancer center or academic oncology center which has access to these. ...Read more

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My dad was diagnosed with esophagus cancer. He had a pet scan and they found liver and lymph node cancer. Said forth stage. Can this be cured?

My dad was diagnosed with esophagus cancer. He had a pet scan and they found liver and lymph node cancer. Said forth stage. Can this be cured?

Doubtful I am sorry: Stage 4 Esophageal cancer has an extremely low 5 year survival rate and cures are typically not seen. Please make sure your father is being treated at an experienced cancer center where clinical trials are present. There are treatments for pain and swallowing problems. At an experienced cancer center there are treatments that can make your father comfortable. Enjoy the time you have with your dad ...Read more

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2ary liver cancer 6+7cm (esophagus 1ary but very small after chemo)Lymph nodes on chest. Best treatment available? Anywhere in the world?! Best option

2ary liver cancer 6+7cm (esophagus 1ary but very small after chemo)Lymph nodes on chest. Best treatment available? Anywhere in the world?! Best option

ChemoRT: Primary Esophageal Ca is best handled even in the face of mets by RT+ plat. Gemzar (gemcitabine) can be added and these will have secondary effect on the mets. Frequently transesophageal ultrasound will show complete regression of primary but Ca cells may remain in muscular wall. Liver lesion can then be treated by intra-arterial chemoembolization. Primary site may then be resected. ...Read more

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If ascites is severe enough to make lying in bed extremely uncomfortable should we go to the emergency room? Diagnosed with esophageal cancer that has spread to the abdomen. Ascites causing extreme discomfort. He took his pain meds and still cannot lay

If ascites is severe enough to make lying in bed extremely uncomfortable should we go to the emergency room? Diagnosed with esophageal cancer that has spread to the abdomen. Ascites causing extreme discomfort. He took his pain meds and still cannot lay

When: When ascites causes abdominal discomfort or pain it is generally accepted that enough fluid fluid should be removed from the abdomen for comfort.

More importantly, evaluation of the abdomen to ensure that there has not been a colon or esophageal rupture is vitally important. Evaluation for infection causing the accumulation of fluid is also part of the evaluation. The sooner the patient is diagnosed with a potential infection or rupture, the sooner treatment can begin.

Extreme discomfort to the point of not being able to lye down would be considered a medical emergency and urgent evaluation should occur. If you are unsure, someone should be on call for your oncologist. Calling them in these type of situations can be very helpful as they can direct you specifically where to go and coordinate your care. ...Read more

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Late stage esophageal cancer, has mestastasized across lympth nodes, & into stage 4 liver, getting chemo now, how long can the person hopefully live?

Late stage esophageal cancer, has mestastasized across lympth nodes, & into stage 4 liver, getting chemo now, how long can the person hopefully live?

Undetermined.: One day at a time. Although statistics can inform you what happened to other people with similar problems, ultimately how long a you are expected to live is speculative and unpredictable. Ultimately, if you are alive today, you are alive today. ...Read more

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Can somebody update me on the real life expectancy of a 78 yr old with stage IV esophageal and liver cancer?

Can somebody update me on the real life expectancy of a 78 yr old with stage IV esophageal and liver cancer?

Very short: Weeks to months, and this is true of any age with esoph metastasis. Wt loss and energy/performance level are also signs pointing to poor and short prognosis. ...Read more

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My mom 79 has esophageal cancer with mets to liver. So far no symptoms, discomforts, normal life. How long she may have with or w/o treatment? Thanks.

My mom 79 has esophageal cancer with mets to liver. So far no symptoms, discomforts, normal life. How long she may have with or w/o treatment? Thanks.

Not long.: This is advanced stage because there are mets to the liver. It is therefore not resectable, so it would likely have to be treated with combination chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. At any rate, 5 year survival in resectable disease is only about 20%, so this is likely less than that, and overall 5 year survival is about <5% due to advanced state of many cases. Try to make her comfortable. ...Read more

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My surgery got rescheduled as my doctor is on jury duty today, does anyone know how fast cancer of the esophagus will spread?

My surgery got rescheduled as my doctor is on jury duty today, does anyone know how fast cancer of the esophagus will spread?

Days to weeks ok: There is no evidence that postponing surgery a few days to weeks will decrease the cure rate from surgery. Obviously, waiting several months is not recommended unless undergoing preoperative chemotherapy or radiation. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed a few months ago with uterine cancer. I've also recently discovered by pet scan possibility of esophagus cancer. Uterine spread to eso?

I was diagnosed a few months ago with uterine cancer. I've also recently discovered by pet scan possibility of esophagus cancer. Uterine spread to eso?

Not common: But possible. Another possibility would be another primary malignancy. Regardless you should discuss at length with your treating oncologist as this is becoming serious. ...Read more

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Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Is metastic colon cancer spread to liver treatable?

Yes: NOT "curable" but definitely treatable...Direct perfusion anti-neoplastic drugs for one approach and possible immune therapy on the "horizon". ..A positive attitude is necessary and helpful. METASTATIC. CANCER IS A CHRONIC DISEASE! ...Read more

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What is the treatment for class 4 colon cancer spread to liver? Is chemotherapy an only option?

What is the treatment for class 4 colon cancer spread to liver? Is chemotherapy an only option?

No: If there are only a few cancer areas (nodules) surgery may be an option. Depends on the number and location of the cancerous nodules, a surgeon should review a CAT scan of the liver. ...Read more

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Translocational rcc, Has undergone extensive chemo but latest test show cancer spread to liver and sternum. Going to start with Sunitinib. Prognosis?

It is a good drug: Sunitinib is a good drug which is very powerful. So you should start it soon and hope that it works (it works in less than half of the patients (40-50%). Another new treatment approved recently is immunotherapy with Nivolumab (Opdivo). This is a powerful drug to keep in mind and use it either before Sunitinib or as next therapy in case Sunitinib failed to benefit you. ...Read more

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Hi, my father has recently been diagnosed with stomach cancer spread to liver and lymph nodes. Untreatable how long to live?

Hi, my father has recently been diagnosed with stomach cancer spread to liver and lymph nodes. Untreatable how long to live?

Very difficult: Question to answer without further details & medical history. Depends on current level of strength, weight loss, etc. Something of this specific and personal nature would best be answered by his phyician or medical oncologist who would know your father's history in much more detail. A guess may be less than a year but pure conjecture. Very best wishes to you & your family in this difficult setting. ...Read more

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Hi, my father has recently been diagnosed with stomach cancer spread to liver and lymph nodes. Untreatable how long to live?

Hi, my father has recently been diagnosed with stomach cancer spread to liver and lymph nodes. Untreatable how long to live?

Sorry to hear that: Unfortunately, when stomach cancer spreads to the liver, it is incurable. Chemotherapy is the main treatment. It is difficult to estimate survival. It usually ranges from a few to many months, sometimes over a year. This all depends upon how well his cancer responds to chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What can be done for colon cancer spread to liver when patient has low ejection fraction heart?

What can be done for colon cancer spread to liver when patient has low ejection fraction heart?

Difficult: Sorry. It sounds like a difficult situation. Options may be chemotherapy, intra-arterial chemotherapy injected onto the liver, radiofrequency ablation performed in radiology, etc. Depends on size & location of tumor in the liver. Need to coordinate carefully with the treating physians, oncologist & cardiologist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Life expectancy for stage four colorectal cancer spread to liver, on hospice with no treatment for past five months?

Life expectancy for stage four colorectal cancer spread to liver, on hospice with no treatment for past five months?

Colorectal Cancer: That is a difficult question to answer. Since we do not have all the facts especially concerning the overall health otherwise of the patient or their current health it is impossible to say. The best person to talk to about this is the physician who is following the patient now. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 78 year old, Stage 4 colon cancer spread to liver and lungs? Having chemotherapy (tablets) but losing weight.

What is the life expectancy of a 78 year old, Stage 4 colon cancer spread to liver and lungs? Having chemotherapy (tablets) but losing weight.

Life expectancy: At 78, with stage IV colon cancer, the survival is about 4-6 months without treatment. With the new treatments combining chemo with biological drugs, survival times are in the range of 24-30 months. With a less aggressive treatment I estimate an AVERAGE survival of 9-12 months. Keep in mind these estimates are just a ball park figure, keep things one month at a time. ...Read more

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Uterus cancer spread to liver n lungs. Hw long can she survive with treatment?

It varies: Once metastatic, uterine cancer is unlikely to be cured. Most such patients liver for 12 to 18 months, but some can clearly live longer if they respond well to the treatments being given to her now, which can sometimes add one or two more years to life. But we can not be any more exact in an individual especially not knowing about the extent of her tumors/cancer at present. ...Read more

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My colon cancer spread to liver. I have to see a nephrologist due to kidney damage. If organ damage prevents future treatment, what's approx lifespan?

My colon cancer spread to liver. I have to see a nephrologist due to kidney damage. If organ damage prevents future treatment, what's approx lifespan?

Depends: It highly depends on the type of cancer, spread to other organs, your overall functional status and comorbidities that you suffer from. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Father got diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer. Spread to liver, lungs, and brain. Currently at city of hope. Recommend a good place in LA areas? Help!

Father got diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer. Spread to liver, lungs, and brain. Currently at city of hope. Recommend a good place in LA areas? Help!

Here R some options: City of Hope is a good Cancer Center. Alternative institutions include USC- Cancer Center, UCLA cancer Center and many oncologists in private practice. Search under Medical Oncologists in your area and make a call/s to find out if another medical oncologist would accept your father for treatment of his metastatic Colon cancer. This is a disease for which good treatments are available ...Read more

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Can liver cancer hcc spread quickly?

Yes: An aggressive hepatocellular carcinoma is likely to be in the lungs and elsewhere by the time it's detected. ...Read more

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Is there a risk that the liver biopsy might cause the cancer to spread?

Yes: Any type of biopsy has the potential to increase the spread of cancer. The risk appears to be small, but is a consideration to take into account. ...Read more

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Got oesophageal cancer that's spread to liver, had chemo for around 4 months, how long do I have left?

Got oesophageal cancer that's spread to liver, had chemo for around 4 months, how long do I have left?

It depends on respon: The response to treatment determines the outcome. With some exceptions, most patients with metastatic Cancer of esophagus live about 1 to 2 years depending on how big/how many are the liver tumors (metastases)? and if they have regressed following chemotherapy or not. Tell us more about these 2 questions. Then we can be more helpful and can give you a more reliable answer. ...Read more

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Family member has oesophagus cancer, got told today it has spread to his liver (2 lesions), what will happen next? What's the survival rate?

Family member has oesophagus cancer, got told today it has spread to his liver (2 lesions), what will happen next? What's the survival rate?

Seek treatment: Cancer of the Esophagus doe shave fairly good treatment which you should be able to receive if you go to a Hospital which treats patients with a diagnosis of cancer. You will likely be offered chemotherapy. Most patients can achieve benefit last for 6 months up to 2 years, sometimes even longer. So keep hope, put up a good fight and Pray that the Lord will also help you, if you do your part. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more