Top
20
Doctor insights on: Last Stages Of Colon And Liver Cancer

Share
1

1
Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Colon ca mets: To live is hard to treat because many times the metastasis is on multiple lobe of the liver and cannot be surgically removed. Surgeon only do surgery with the intention of cure if they can remove the metastasis completely. If surgery is not possible you should still consider chemotherapy. The quality of life is still pretty good even if not cured. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Barry Rosen
4,310 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
How long does someone usually have with stage 4 liver cancer that spread of colon?

How long does someone usually have with stage 4 liver cancer that spread of colon?

Even this stage: Of colon cancer has had tremendous advances with advanced means of chemotherapy! I would not accept the answer to your question from any other than an ONCOLOGIST who is familiar with the case! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

3

3
How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

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

4

4
Can a person live up to 5 years with stage IV colon cancer? 1 liver met and 1 node. Primary removed last year

Can a person live up to 5 years with stage IV colon cancer? 1 liver met and 1 node. Primary removed last year

Yes, possible: 25% to 40 % is 5 years survival for Stage IV colon cancer. With aggressive treatment by resection of involved liver and chemotherapy even getting better results in recent years than couple of decades ago. ...Read more

5

5
If a person with colon cancer has a liver met, 1 node and 1. 0.5 mm nodule In lobe, what is approx prognosis? Primary removed last yr

If a person with colon cancer has a liver met, 1 node and 1. 0.5 mm nodule In lobe, what is approx prognosis? Primary removed last yr

Not good: Once a cancer had metastasized, it becomes inoperable and the only way to slow it down is with either radiation and or chemotherapy when these treatments work. Ultimately the treatment itself produces immunosuppression and makes the patient susceptible to infection which is often the actual cause of death. All these variables impact the length of survival. ...Read more

6

6
What is prognosis like for colon cancer pt with 1 liver met, 1 node and 0.5 lung nodule? Primary was resected last year. Cea 10. Bloodwork normal?

What is prognosis like for colon cancer pt with 1 liver met, 1 node and 0.5 lung nodule? Primary was resected last year. Cea 10. Bloodwork normal?

Prognosis: Prognosis is determined at time of diagnosis/treatment. Seems cancer is/was stage 4, which has a shorter prognosis than stage 1. If stage 4 is NEW, newly discovered liver metastasis, then prognosis will be negatively impacted compared to a year ago. Regardless of prognosis, talk with your docs. Take friend/family with you to appointments to help with understanding. Treatments exist. Be well. ...Read more

7

7
How to reduce pain from last stage liver cancer?

How to reduce pain from last stage liver cancer?

Options..: It really depends upon where the pain is coming from, the liver itself or somewhere else. Your oncologist will be able to tell you this. There are multiple treatments for cancer pain including pain meds, radiation therapy, endovascular chemo/y90, etc.. ...Read more

8

8
What are the last symptoms before death from liver cancer?

What are the last symptoms before death from liver cancer?

Varies: Shortness of breath. Hemorrhage from anywhere. Feeling cold. Drop in blood pressure, and pallor. Sudden onset of ascites or marked worsening of jaundice. Liver cancer can hang on for a very long time with little in the way of symptoms. The time of death is famously unpredictable. Cherish each day you have left. ...Read more

9

9
Are liver enzym rdngs (ALT 99 U/L lab nrml 10-50 and AST 89 U/L lab nrml10-50) alarming in a liver cancer patient? Last results were 62 & 57 respctvly

Are liver enzym rdngs (ALT 99 U/L lab nrml 10-50 and AST 89 U/L lab nrml10-50) alarming in a liver cancer patient? Last results were 62 & 57 respctvly

Yes: Rising above normal is concerning, but this is a very small rise for liver cancer. Fever, alcohol, indolent hepatitis (esp C) and other meds can cause this. I have seen these levels in the hundreds of thousands in liver cancer patients ...Read more

10

10
Can 2 CT scans, 4 us during last 4 years picked up liver cancer? Ruq pain since 2007 and no diagnosis yet, would I be dead by now if it was cancer in 08?

Can 2 CT scans, 4 us during last 4 years picked up liver cancer? Ruq pain since 2007 and no diagnosis yet, would I be dead by now if it was cancer in 08?

Yes and maybe.: Ct and us are both sensitive at detecting cancer. If they haven't seen it on the 6 combined studies it is unlikely to be a problem and is certainly not causing discomfort since any cancer large enough to produce that would certainly be visible. If you had primary or even worse - metastatic - liver ca in 2008 it is very likely you would have passed by now. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
12

12
My mother just passed away peacefully last week due to liver cancer and cirrhosis. Do I have to do check up? She might have breast cancer too.

My mother just passed away peacefully last week due to liver cancer and cirrhosis. Do I have to do check up? She might have breast cancer too.

Check up: It never hurts, but it really depends on what caused her liver cancer and cirrhosis. If it was hepatitis C that is usually transmitted sexually or thru IV drug use. Alcoholism can cause cirrhosis as well. If she had breast cancer you might want to consider genetic testing for that BRCA test (breast cancer antigen), especially if other female family members have a history of it or ovarian cancer ...Read more

13

13
Colon cancer pt with 1 met in liver, 1 nod?

Colon cancer pt with 1 met in liver, 1 nod?

Curable: Those cases are potentially curable with liver resection with a 5 yr survival of 25-40% Need to go to a specialty ctr ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

How long does it take colon cancer to spread to liver?

Highly variable: Impossible to say as sometimes I have seen small colon cancers spread & seen large colon cancers not spread to other organs. Each person is different & each person's cancer can behave differently depending on cell type & genetics. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
How harmful for your health is liver and colon cancer?

How harmful for your health is liver and colon cancer?

Depends: While colon cancer that has spread distantly is considered stage IV (of 4) and has the worst prognosis, there are patients with isolated metastasis to the liver who do quite well with surgical resection with or without chemotherapy. We find that 40% of those with resectable liver tumors can live over 5 years. Consider evaluation at a cancer center with a surgical oncologist or hpb surgeon. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
Can chemo for colon cancer damage the liver?

Can chemo for colon cancer damage the liver?

It may: Almost all chemotherapeutic drugs have unwanted effects on other organs, including the liver. ...Read more

18

18
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

19

19
What distinguishes pancreas, liver, colon, kidney, prostate and gallbladder cancers?

What distinguishes pancreas, liver, colon, kidney, prostate and gallbladder cancers?

Cure varies: Beyond the obvious differences in organ and cell type as well as the various treatment approaches, the most important patient difference is really the chance at cure. Early stage prostate and renal cell (kidney) cancers can be very curable. Even really early stage pancreatic cancers can be quite deadly. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

Not specific: Belching relayed to swallowing air, or some gastric irritation, or outflow obstruction with relief of stomach gas by belching instead if forward peristalsis. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
2 Doctors shared insights

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. Katharine Cox
13 Doctors shared insights

Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more