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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How long it will take to form cirrosis of liver from early fibrosis?in hep b alone.my age is 20 yrs.and osteosarcoma patient treated wid chemo.

How long it will take to form cirrosis of liver from early fibrosis?in hep b alone.my age is 20 yrs.and osteosarcoma patient treated wid chemo.

It depends: Many lifelong hepatitis B carriers never get any fibrosis. Usually the infection can be managed with today's treatments, and it's likely that in the future it may be curable. Your Liv52 is a health fraud, but I'm very pleased you were able to survive your osteosarcoma. Hang on, continue to show the extraordinary bravery that you already have, and enjoy each day. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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How long can a Person live who has a liver met , aortocaval node and 1 0.5 CM sub plueral node if chemo Not working ?

How long can a
Person live who has a liver met , aortocaval node and 1 0.5 CM sub plueral node if chemo
Not working ?

It depends: It depends on the extent/load of tumor your body has. Patients with small tumors can live much longer than those with more extensive/big tumors. The pace of growth also varies in each case: slow growing cancer can allow you many months or > one year. Fast growing tumors can be fatal in a matter of 6-9 months or even less. it all depends on liver functions which are affected by the extent of tumor ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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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

Dr. Jason Hemming Dr. Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
13 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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My husband has stage 4 nsclc with mets to bone and liver adreanal glands chemo is no longer effective. What options are left?

My husband has stage 4 nsclc with mets to bone and liver adreanal glands chemo is no longer effective. What options are left?

Tertiary care: I would make sure your husband is being cared for at an advance tertiary care center with a focus on onc. There are several different chemo regimens available, and even though cure is not the goal improved quality an length of life may be possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz Dr. Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
35 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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My dad has pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. How long can he live without further treatment?

My dad has pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. How long can he live without further treatment?

Palliative Care: Survival rates are most appropriately applied to large groups of patients; it's impossible to give such a number for one person, especially without knowing his own unique situation. As a generalization, it is very difficult to completely eradicate cancer in that setting. The fact that he has not responded to chemotherapy would suggest that the focus should be on palliative (comfort) care. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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My dad has pancreatic cancer that spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. The cancer has spread more. How long can he live without further treatment?

My dad has pancreatic cancer that spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. The cancer has spread more. How long can he live without further treatment?

Few months at best: Most pateints with metastatic pancreatic cnacer die within 6 months to 12 months. So given that he has liver metastases and already failed chemo, he may not live more than 1, 2 or 3 months. But it is not possible to predict it exactly. ...Read more

Dr. Ray Tidman Dr. Tidman
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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My dad have pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver. He took chemo and the doctor stopped it because it did not help. How long will live?

My dad have pancreatic cancer that has spread  to his liver. He took chemo and  the doctor stopped it because it did not help. How long will live?

No sure answer: Pancreatic ca , is very hard to treat, and frequently painful. Help him stay well nourished. See that he gets the best pain control he can. Be realistic on stage and tx benefits. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Contreras Dr. Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
14 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Pancreatic cancer. Whipple. Chemo 7 months. Tumors in pancreas and liver. Recent blood clot. Pain. New intestinal blockage. Is my body shutting down?

Pancreatic cancer. Whipple. Chemo 7 months. Tumors in pancreas and liver. Recent blood clot. Pain. New intestinal blockage. Is my body shutting down?

Difficult disease: Some blockages are due to scar tissue inside the abdomen (called adhesions), and other blockages are due to cancer growth. A CT scan may be able to tell the difference between the 2. If the blockage is cancer-related, then it may be time to think about a different chemotherapy regimen. But if it's just adhensions, then sometimes an operation helps. Talk to your doctor to investigate further ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Thompson Dr. Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
16 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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70 years male, stomach cancer metastasized to liver&bone, on (xeloda+eloxatin+zometa), can or should he take antioxidants during chemo?

70 years male, stomach cancer metastasized to liver&bone, on (xeloda+eloxatin+zometa), can or should he take antioxidants during chemo?

No: There is no benefit I am aware of with antioxidants helping chemotherapy. There are theoretical reasons why antioxidants can impair chemotherapies ability to kill cancer cells. I would not take additional unproven supplements without a md approval or without being on a clinical trial to study it. Anti-oxidants have harmed people in randomized studies. The won't harm, might help mantra is out. ...Read more

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Dr. Christian Schultheis Dr. Schultheis
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
20 years in practice
American University of the Caribbean
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Dr. Maricer Escalon Dr. Escalon
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
18 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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How long can I survive with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to my liver without chemotherapy?

How long can I survive with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to my liver without chemotherapy?

Hard to say: Hello - there are many treatment options for stage 4 breast cancer. If your cancer is ER or PR positive, hormonal tx can be used. If it is Her2 positive, Herceptin (trastuzumab) and other targeted, non-chemos can be used. If the breast cancer is triple negative then chemo is your best option. There are "mild" chemos, some oral, that can be tried. Average lifespan is usually quite long with treatment. Best ...Read more

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Dr. Ly Phan Dr. Phan
Surgery
18 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Liver cancer stage 4 , lung cancer and spleen cancer with cirrhosis and hep c can I take chemotherapy treatment to reduce tumor maker?

Liver cancer stage 4 , lung cancer and spleen cancer with cirrhosis and hep c  can I take chemotherapy treatment to reduce tumor maker?

Hmmmm: If you'd do have cancer in liver, lung, and spleen, my advice is to talk to your oncologist about how to improve your quality of life rather than improving tumor marker. As you know, chemo agents are not well tolerated in some people. ...Read more

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Dr. Matthew Fero Dr. Fero
Internal Medicine - Oncology
27 years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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Chemotherapy: If given weekly how long does it take for this medication to leave the body or does it stay for weeks?

Chemotherapy: If given weekly how long does it take for this medication to leave the body or does it stay for weeks?

Varies: The elimination time of cancer therapeutic agents varies according to the drug, the dose, the duration of administration and variations in patients metabolism. Some drugs have an extremely short 1/2 life (the time for blood levels to drop by 50%) and are almost completely gone in 24 hrs. Antibodies, in contrast, may linger for weeks. Some types of side effects appear long after the drug is gone. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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How long is it supposed to it take for chemo steroids to leave the body?

How long is it supposed to it take for chemo steroids to leave the body?

Not long: Any chemo drugs including steroids are eliminated from our body in 1 or 2 days(maximum 5 days for some drugs). But their effects on the body can last for much longer time, usually for several weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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If chemo fails can anything be done for peritineal and liver mets ?

If chemo fails can anything be done for peritineal and liver mets ?

Liver mets: A tough question. I presume you are seeing your doctor on a regular basis. It is time to make another visit, check the status of your liver, and then discuss options. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Liver and peritoneal mets for mcrc patient . What is approx survival With chemo , oxyplatin and raltitrexed ?

Liver and peritoneal mets for mcrc patient . What is approx survival
With chemo , oxyplatin and raltitrexed ?

We can not guess: We can not tell you what the approx. survival as we do not have all the information to make a comment on the approx. survival You should discuss with your treating Oncologist There are second and third line treatments as well which may change the course ...Read more

Dr. James Gulley Dr. Gulley
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
22 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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I was on my fifth chemo, today the dr suggested i skip my chemo due to liver test being off, anyone know what could cause this all of a sudden?

I was on my fifth chemo, today the dr suggested i skip my chemo due to liver test being off, anyone know what could cause this all of a sudden?

Liver enzymes: This could be for one of several reasons. One possibility is that the liver cells or damage by chemotherapy or other drugs. Another possibility is that the cancer cells are growing within the liver and damaging liver cells. There may also be other causes. You should follow-up with your physician on what the most likely cause is. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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For a liver met, is systemic chemo like irinotecan best or chemo embolization ?

For a liver met, is systemic chemo like irinotecan best or chemo embolization ?

It depends: Chemotherapy is the proven best treatment for most such cases . If there is only 1-2 mets, such tumors can be removed and may be curable with combined use chemotherapy and surgery. Chemo-embolization is not a standard treatment, although it has been used effectively by some oncologists. Ask your oncologist the pros and cons of your multiple choices or you should seek a second opinion to explore ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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My husband has cancer in his liver. His bilirubin is 28 . He has already had lots of chemo. What's his chances of survival ? Please answer?

My husband has cancer in his liver. His bilirubin is 28 . He has already had lots of chemo. What's his chances of survival ? Please answer?

Plz Ask His Doctor: A bilirubin of 28 usually indicates liver failure, which is a very serious finding; however, we have no way of knowing what type of cancer your husband has or his response to rx. I advise you to pose this question to your husband's oncologist. ...Read more

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