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How Long Will You Live With Stage 4 Liver Cancer
Depends: Most "liver cancers" are not from the liver but metastatic from other places. The prognosis will vary depending on the source and aggressiveness of the primary cancer. Also depends on the general health, the number of lesions, and how aggressive is the treatment given. A precious few patients can be potentially cured under the right circumstances and with the right therapy. Most, sadly, will not. ...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
3-6 months: Though survival has been improving in liver cancer over the past decade, the numbers are still not encouraging. For all patients regardless of stage the survival without treatment is less than 1 year. With maximal treatment survival rises to 20-65% at 1 yr and 10-20% at 5 years. For stage IV disease survival is less than 2 months without treatment and as much as 8 months with maximal treatment. ...Read more
Depends on level of tumor burden and response of tumor to treatment
here is a good resource:
http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/liver-cancer. ...Read more
It varies a lot: There is good treatment for stage 4 colon Cancer. Most people live for 2-3 years when they take chemotherapy. If the liver tumor is small it can even be removed with surgery. Tell us about the dates of your diagnosis and what type of chemotherapy you have used and for how long? Then we can give you a better estimate of expected survival. ...Read more
My moms battling liver cancer for over a year & it has spread to her lungs. She told me it was at stage 4 & wanted to know how much longer she has.
My mom, 84, stage 4 hepatoma liver cancer, she has been vomitting and diarhhea. Is that means she is coming to the end of her life? How much longer?
Consider treatment: In a recent study, patients with stage IV liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) were randomized to receive either a new drug (sorafenib) or a placebo (sugar pill). Patients taking the medication sorafenib lived about 11 months. Patients in the placebo group lived an average of 8 months. Every patient is different, but this is about what you could expect with no treatment. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more
Depends: Stage IV hepatocellular cancer is defined by a tumor that originates in the liver and spreads to distant sites like the lung or other organs. The diagnosis may be made with a CT scan and occasionally liver-specific tumor markers like Alpha fetoprotein (AFP). Other Stage IV cancers like colorectal cancer can spread to the liver, but that is technically different. ...Read more
Prognosis is gaurded:
See this web site from the american cancer society for guidance.
http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/livercancer/detailedguide/liver-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more
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
...include tumor stage, liver function, side effects of treatment, your overall health, chances of curing the disease, extending life, or relieving symptoms. Based on these factors, treatment options may include:
Surgery (partial hepatectomy or transplant),
Chemotherapy. Ref: https://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/liver-cancer/treatin ...Read more
Depends on origin: Liver cancer in actuality represents a primary hepatoma of the liver. Such lesions are not staged but rather considered resectable or unresectable. Metastatic liver cancer noted as Stage IV disease has different prognostic features, depending on origin resectablility or response to intra arterial chemo via chemoembolization or isotope infusion or microwave ablation of the solitary lesion. ...Read more
My friend has stage 4 liver cancer that has spread once already, and has a small black bump on his tongue that seemed to pop up overnight.?
Metastasis: Most likely is metastatic he should follow up with his doctor ...Read more
Stage 4 liver cancer, cirrhosis, cancer also in spine. Diagnosed in Jan. Half dose Nexavar (sorafenib) 3 mths. Prognosis?
It's not great but-: -this is a question for your treating physician. He/she is aware of your situation. ...Read more
I have stage 4 liver cancer, I have been having pain in my right side for several days and cronic fatigue, today I am having pain in my legs.?
See your doc: Stage 4 cancer can spread to many places in the body. Sometimes it causes pain directly, and other times it causes referred pain. The pain in your right side is likely direct pain, but the pain in your legs could be from tumor pressing on nerves in your back or spine. Blood clots can form in your legs, too, and this may cause pain. Either way, your pain can be treated, so see your doc! ...Read more
What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?
Need to ask your ono:
Your oncologist can help. Anemia can be caused by blood loss (which is common in patients with cirrhosis (GI blood loss due to varices).
Poor blood formation is also common (Anemia of chronic disease). Blood transfusion can help the pateint. Keep Hemoglobin near 10 Grams.
There is some treatment for Liver cancer that could be tried (the medicine is called Nexavar (Sorafenib) ...Read more
Was is the life expectancy of a Woman with NASH cirrhosis recently diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer exhibiting grade 3 hepatic encephalopathy.
Poor prognosis: Regretfully, Stage 4 disease is associated with spread of the liver cancer to minimally nearby lymph nodes, and probably through into blood vessels. The treatment is typically chemotherapy, with/without embolization. The presence of an encephalopathic clinical picture also portends to a guarded at best prognosis. Please consult with a specialist care team to determine therapeutic options. ...Read more
Hospice care: It can be overwhelming for the family. Get hospice involved immediately. They have resources to help the whole family through this tough time. ...Read more
Husbnd has stg 4 cirrosis liver cncer, I know the cirrosis is stage 4 but confused about how severe (what stage) liver cancer is?
My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4?
Cirrhosis vs cancer: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. People with cirrhosis are at risk for liver cancer. it is certainly possible that he has both, though we wouldn't use 'stage 4' for liver cancer but woudl instead say that someone has metastasis. did he have a biopsy? The 'stage 4' is much more likley to refer to degree of scarring, meaning cirrhosis. If he has no liver cancer now, he needs to be screened > ...Read more
Liver cirrhosis & ca: Hepatocellular carcinoma (malignant hepatoma) is most common type of liver cancer, & most cases are secondary to either viral hepatitis or cirrhosis. This tumor is rare in usa. Main risk factors are alcoholism, hepatitis b or c, wilson's disease, type 2 diabetes with obesity, & hemochromatosis. ...Read more
My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4? I'm confused, please clarify.
Ask his Doctor: If you are confused, there's little sense in you becoming more confused now. That is because there is a lot more about your husband's case which his doctor would know about, than we could from only the information available here. I am sure you are very concerned and upset about your husband and if he has cirrhosis, there are likely other issues as well. I am very sorry about your husband. ...Read more
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
What is the difference between liver cancer & cirrhosis of the liver? I have been diagnosed with primary biliary ciffhosis stage 4.
Different problems: Cirrhosis is a complex scarring of the liver that results in disruption of both the liver cells, which must accomplish a large number of tasks, and the flow of the "rivers" in the liver that help accomplish that, by putting scars across them. The cells inside these inflamed and scarred areas are more prone to mutate and become cancerous, so that cirrhosis may lead to cancer of the liver. Good luck. ...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
Life expectancy for stage 4 primary liver cancer for a 84 years old person with a spread in the lung?
It is guess work: It is hard to give you reliable response without examining the patient and without knowing any history or results of her blood tests which can show the severity of liver disease. In general, most patients with stage 4 liver cancer have a short survival (2 to 6 months). You should ask this question to her treating doctor (s). ...Read more
My dad is 53 years old and in good shape. He was diagnosed with stage 4 secondary liver cancer; the primary is still unknown. He has had a CT scan, an endoscopy, and a colonoscopy done. Will a pet scan show something more?
Birth control pills heighten the chances of liver cancer? A friend is in stage 4 cancer, the doctor blames bc pills. This worries me bc I am on bc
Possible low risk: Contraceptives are known to cause benign ' adenomas ' which may can cause liver bleeding. There may be slight increase of incidence of liver cancer for those who are on contraceptives for 5 or more yeas. Estrogens known to inhibit bilirubin and bile acid production which may be the cause. If you are concerned see your doctor for other alternative method of birth control. ...Read more
Urgent, doctors :' (my mom has metastases liver cancer, lung and bone nearby left thigh found tumors. Just found out few days ago, is stage 4. How?
This is too: Common. Some cancers are quiet until they infest other organs, and it is these organs working poorly or hurting that causes the cancer to be known. Some cancers can have life extended by treatment (prostate and breast), others can be treated to relieve symptoms. But for most, it means time to focus on comfort and symptom relief rather than rigorous treatment. ...Read more
About how long can a person with stage four liver cancer live if they are being fed through a g-tube, diaretics and being treated for a bad infect.
Several months: Ability to survive advanced liver cancer when unable to take oral intake and requires treatment for bad infection depends on how the infection responds to newer antibodies and status of liver function. If severely jaundiced with high bilirubin then end stage liver function I imminent. If infection brought under control and jaundice absent, then effective chemo may be found. ...Read more
My 85 year old mom was told stage 4 liver cancer doing no treatment need to leave work. How long does she have I want to help with herand spend time?
Varies but not long: How long some one lives with stage IV liver cancer (hepatocellular cancer and not metastatic from other primary site) depends on the aggressiveness of the cancer and how well she is functioning. Would suggest spending as much time sooner while you can mutually enjoy each other's company. Weeks to a few months. ...Read more
Thrtyfve yo husbnd has stage four cirrosis liver cancer, needs one yr hepc trtmt bfor he can get put on trnsplnt list, what r chnces of trtmnt workng?
30 to 60 percent: The advances in hep c treatment are improving every day. If you look at all the studies, in general its, 30 percent eradication, 30 % no response and 30% partial repsonse. However, cirrhosis in general is irreversable and the damage that has been done will improve slightly but not repair all together. ...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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