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Doctor insights on: Final Stage Of Liver Cancer And Kidney Failure

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22 yo f in good health experiencing mild pains on right lower rib cage. Pain in right back when running. Kidney disease or liver cancer likely?

22 yo f in good health experiencing mild pains on right lower rib cage. Pain in right back when running. Kidney disease or liver cancer likely?

Q 4 Physiatry, Sport: A healthy runner would be unlikely to have a major illness. Hence, if I saw someone in my college town practice who was 22, I would refer her to orthopedic surgery or sports medicine clinic for initial evaluation. I would not drop things there, however. I would communicate with all the consultants, look at ehrs, speak with the patient about changes and continue to refer to specialists as needed. ...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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My mother, 84 yrs. Has one kidney working 30%. She has congestive heart failure and inoperaple liver cancer. How long, in your opinion, will she live?

My mother, 84 yrs. Has one kidney working 30%. She has congestive heart failure and inoperaple liver cancer. How long, in your opinion, will she live?

CHF & Cancer: Patients with congestive heart failure and an advanced liver cancer together are, on average, predicted to succumb to their diseases in 6-12 months or less. The more immediate problem of what sounds like impending kidney failure in your mother, unless she opts for dialysis, will probably supervene before the heart and cancer problems take their toll. ...Read more

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Can u have normal lft and normal kidney function tests and all radiology tests negative but still have kidney or liver cancer?

Can u have normal lft and normal kidney function tests and all radiology tests negative but still have kidney or liver cancer?

Yes: Kidney cancer rarely causes liver function changes unless the patient presents with stoffler's syndrome. This is liver dysfunction in the setting of a renal mass. If the liver cancer is not large, the liver function may be normal. Hope this helps. ...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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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 on 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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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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I had bladder cancer and had removal of bladder and total hysterectomy. Now have Kidney disease. Had CT on my abdomen pelvis. Conclusion was parenchymal thinning w/persistent LV Ureterectasis. Thickening of the wall of the renal pelvis and proximal urete

I had bladder cancer and had removal of bladder and total hysterectomy. Now have Kidney disease. Had CT on my abdomen pelvis. Conclusion was parenchymal thinning w/persistent LV Ureterectasis. Thickening of the wall of the renal pelvis and proximal urete

Ask your urologist..: All what you experienced is expected in some patients and results from delayed, but expected in some, complications with scar formation leading to ureteral blockage & high pressure above it. Over time, renal pelvis becomes distended, renal tissue becomes thinning, the wall of renal pelvis & ureter becomes thicker. Oftentimes & to a degree, chronic recurrent UTI may play a role to such appearance. ...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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My mom had a positive ifob in october a month later she passed from final stages of liver cancer how is that possible all in 1 month?

My mom had a positive ifob in october a month later she passed from final stages of liver cancer how is that possible all in 1 month?

Colon cancer: Sorry about your loss.
I assume fob is fecal occult blood test. It sounds like your mother had colon cancer. Colon cancer, especially in the right colon, can be asymptomatic until it spreads to other organs.
Please get a colonoscopy at the very least at 50. ...Read more

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What are signs of final stages of liver cancer?

What are signs of final stages of liver cancer?

Liver failure: Advanced liver cancer can lead to Jaundice(yellowness of eyes), weight loss, poor appetite and ascites. Rising bilirubin leads to liver failure, mental confusion and ultimately coma. Serious Infections can ensue as a terminal event. ...Read more

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Worked decades in chemical industry. Do I have a high risk of cancer or kidney failure?

Worked decades in chemical industry. Do I have a high risk of cancer or kidney failure?

It depends: Working in the dye industry/with napthylenes, Cyclophosphamide exposure is a clear risk factor for bladder cancer. If you are/were a smoker you have more risk of renal cancer, and working in the dye industry wouldn't help. Smoking increases risk for many cancers, including lung. It would be best to see your doctor, and let him know so he can tell you exactly what you are at risk for. ...Read more

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If a cancer patient starts to have kidney failure, can it be still be cured and turned around?

If a cancer patient starts to have kidney failure, can it be still be cured and turned around?

Depends : Depends greatly on the type and ultimate prognosis of the cancer, the reason for the kidney failure, the general health of the patient, and many other factors but it is possible. ...Read more

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I have had kidney failure due to cervical cancer the cancer is gone but my kidney is holding fluid what do I do?

Cervical cancer: The description you gave describes at least stage iiib cervix cancer if your kidney was blocked at diagnosis. You need to be evaluated by your gyn oncologist to determine if there is recurrence versus radiation damage causing the blockage. The treatments are very different. ...Read more

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I have pain near on my hips and back of it is that possible I have cervical cancer or kidney failure?

I have pain near on my hips and back of it is that possible I have cervical cancer or kidney failure?

Back pain: The only way to answer your question is to go to your doctor, describe in detail the pain you are having — what brings it on, what makes it better, exact location, does it start one place and go another, how much does it bother you, is it sharp/dull/throbbing. Ask to be thoroughly examined head to toe. Then, let your doctor decide what the problem might be and go from there. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic cancer cause gout and kidney failure?

Can pancreatic cancer cause gout and kidney failure?

Yes: Pancreatic cancer can lead to gout and kidney failure. See your oncologist to find out if this is your cause. ...Read more

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What are the causes of kidney failure and brain cancer?

What are the causes of kidney failure and brain cancer?

Many causes: Kidney failure can be caused by many things--hypertension and diabetes are the most common. Drug abuse can also cause damage to the kidneys as can some prescription medications.
The cause of brain cancer is not well-known. ...Read more

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Can my 81 year old grandmother be able to function normally as she is on a ventilator, suffers from pericardial effusion, kidney failure and cancer?

Can my 81 year old grandmother be able to function normally as she is on a ventilator, suffers from pericardial effusion, kidney failure and cancer?

End of Life: I am very sorry to hear of your grandmother's troubles. It must be very hard for you. Miracles do happen, but it sounds like your grandmother is nearing the end of her life. These days when she is so sick may become treasured memories for you as you and your family get to be with her and to talk to her and to tell her how much she is loved. Let's let the rest be in god's hands for now. ...Read more

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My mother has lung cancer. We were told her kidneys are shrinking. Does this mean kidney failure?

My mother has lung cancer.  We were told her kidneys are shrinking.  Does this mean kidney failure?

I would guess...: I would guess that too, but "shrinking kidneys" is not a term I would use. Some physicians try hard to explain a situation in lay terms (and with the best of intentions) but I personally think we can help patients understand while still being accurate in our explanations. Don't walk away from a doctor's visit with questions. If u don't understand what he/she said, ask for clarification. Best to you both. ...Read more

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Al in hospital can't go home cuz his sodium is too low. Could his existing cronic kidney failure &stage 3 bone cancer contribute to that condition?

Yes: The most common diagnosis in advanced cancer patients is syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone. This often results in low sodium. Kidney failure can also contribute to low sodium levels. ...Read more

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Is kidney failure linked to bone marrow cancer and if treated is kidney process reversible. Biopsy report says 17 glo. Nonglobally sclerotic 4 ischemic?

Is kidney failure linked to bone marrow cancer and if treated is kidney process reversible. Biopsy report says 17 glo. Nonglobally sclerotic 4 ischemic?

It varies: Most cases of kidney failure caused by one of the blood cancers are reversible if detected early and treated promptly. But your biopsy indicates this may have been ongoing for quite some time. I would have you be patient and be hopeful at least for 4-6 weeks before you will know if this is going to improve or not. ...Read more

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With liver disease or live failure or disease with the liver what are the symptoms for kidney failure please

With liver disease or live failure or disease with the liver what are the symptoms for kidney failure please

Kidney failure : Symptoms don't appear until very late. The best way to determine it is to get a blood test. Serum creatinine level is the easiest test for kidney function. ...Read more

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Why does liver failure sometimes cause kidney failure?

Why does liver failure sometimes cause kidney failure?

Liver and Kidney: It's a great question and complicated. The syndrome is called hepatorenal syndrome which is often because the amount of blood flow to the kidney is lessened which causes kidney injury- is a simple explanation. It also may be related to the reasons that liver failure ensued: for example hepatitis, drug overdose, toxins etc. Great question! ...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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If someone has ascitites, kidney failure, end stage liver failure, how long would their life span be?

short: This unfortunate collection of organ failures is called hepatorenal syndrome, it is rarely curable and associated with a short life span. Dialysis and liver transplant may be needed. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person live with liver and kidney failure and they are really bright yellow?

Failure of organs: The person you are describing is clearly very, very sick. He appears to have jaundice due to his bilirubin being elevated with is seen in liver disease caused by many etiologies. If he has kidney failure, this may be due acute kidney failure caused by hypotension or a less common fatal condition called hepato-renal syndrome. Ask the patient's doctors for more information. ...Read more

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I'm diebetic been a big drinker but I stop with liver failure or any liver disease with are the signs or symptoms if im starting kidney failure?

Get blood: Tests to see. By the time you develop symptoms with kidney disease, it is too late to reverse and you need dialysis. ...Read more

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"Im diebetic been a big drinker but I stop I have liver failure don't no the stage what are the symptoms of kidney failure & if there's swelling were?

"Im diebetic been a big drinker but I stop I have liver failure don't no the stage what are the symptoms of kidney failure & if there's swelling were?

Don't give up, man!!: The questions I hear you asking is, "can i perhaps survive this after all?" you're read, correctly, that when liver failure becomes so severe that it causes the lungs or kidneys to fail, recovery is unlikely. If you are writing this from your home, and fairly comfortable, your kidneys have not failed. A sober, compliant diabetic's liver can heal and work well for him for decades. Be strong, man. ...Read more

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""im diebetic been a big drinker but I stop I have liver failure don't no the stage what are the symptoms of kidney failure & if there's swelling were?"

""im diebetic been a big drinker but I stop I have liver failure don't no the stage what are the symptoms of kidney failure & if there's swelling were?"

It is easy to find o: Kidney failure may or may not cause swelling. But it is easy to check your kidney function with a simple blood test. It is called blood creatininnie level... Normally it is, 1.5mg. If it is 2 mg or over, that means the kidneys are no longer functioning normally. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more