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What are the chances of living if you get liver cancer surgery?

What are the chances of living if you get liver cancer surgery?

Depends on type: Survival after surgery for liver cancer depends on the nature of the cancer, whether it is primary (cancer is from the liver), or secondary (cancer goes to the liver). It also depends on the underlying condition of the liver, does it have cirrhosis? It depends on the size and number of cancer lesions and whether other structures in the liver are affected. Lastly it depends on the type of surgery.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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What are your chances of living after you get liver cancer surgery?

What are your chances of living after you get liver cancer surgery?

Depends: It is hard to say as it will depend on the type of cancer you have, the staging and the biology of the cancer. You should discuss in detail with your oncology team.

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Help doctors! What're your chances of living if you get liver cancer surgery?

Help doctors! What're your chances of living if you get liver cancer surgery?

Depends on tumor: Nowadays you'll almost certainly leave the hospital alive after surgery. If it's a primary liver cancer and quite small and the surgeons are optimistic about getting it all, you chance of a cure nowadays is probably better than even. Even metastatic disease can be managed for some tumors over years or even decades. You have a right to know the odds from your physician, though, ; decide.

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Why would someone who has had lung cancer surgery need a liver biopsy?

Why would someone who has had lung cancer surgery need a liver biopsy?

Tumor spread: Cancers can spread to different areas in the body. It is not uncommon for lung cancer to spread beyond the lung to other areas such as the liver and bone. If you have a known lung cancer and an abnormality in the liver it may be spread of the lung cancer. Certain tests like an MRI may be helpful to see if it is an often seen benign lesion (hemangioma). If it can't you may need a biopsy.

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Can surgery completely cure liver cancer? It’s stage 1 liver cancer, and the doctor says he should be able to get the whole tumor, no problem. Does that mean i’ll be cured?

Can surgery completely cure liver cancer? It’s stage 1 liver cancer, and the doctor says he should be able to get the whole tumor, no problem. Does that mean i’ll be cured?

Yes/ No: It is possible for very early cancers to be cured by surgery but there are many factors which are important. If this is hepatocellular carcinoma, there is a risk of local and distant recurrence even in early cancers. Most of the numbers and percentages we discuss are based on previous studies and probability, but your tumor is specific to you. It will be important to discuss this with your doc.

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How long does one 5cm large liver cancer tumor grow to spread? Doctor suggested surgery but dad wants to know how long can he wait before surgery?

How long does one 5cm large liver cancer tumor grow to spread? Doctor suggested surgery but dad wants to know how long can he wait before surgery?

Don't wait: Length of time depends on the proximity of the cancer to structures that would allow it to spread. Your oncologist and surgeon can give an estimate, but it is not usually beneficial to wait with a cancer.

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When preparing for a liver transplant surgery due to stage 3 liver cancer, when do you start to take medications for the surgery?

When preparing for a liver transplant surgery due to stage 3 liver cancer, when do you start to take medications for the surgery?

Immunosuppression: If you get a liver transplant, regardless of the etiology of the liver failure, immunosuppression is usually initiated in the operating room at the time of transplant, although it may be safely delayed up to 48 hours

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When preparing for a liver transplant surgery due to stage 3 liver cancer, when do you start anti-rejection meds?

In the O.R.: The first dose of medicine to prevent rejection is typically given just prior to implanting the organ. Most patients receive a dose of steroids along with a more potent drug to prevent rejection. This first dose of medicine is commonly referred to as "induction".

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Should a liver cancer patient receive the 4th tace treatment or not? 60yrs old, surviving 5th year after surgery of getting rid of a bottom tip of liver (5cm) has to make a decision whether to take another treatment, transarterial chemoembolization. Diag

Should a liver cancer patient receive the 4th tace treatment or not? 60yrs old, surviving 5th year after surgery of getting rid of a bottom tip of liver (5cm) has to make a decision whether to take another treatment, transarterial chemoembolization. Diag

Quality of life: Tace doesn't cure liver cancer. It will help extend life in some patients. If you have tolerated treatments in the past without much difficultly it is likely you will not have a huge problem with this treatment either and it could help to extend your life. If you have a really hard time with the procedure and are sick for weeks afterwards you have to take that into account.

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Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Your best bet: Is to review a question like this with your medical oncologist. There are many different factors that contribute to survival statistics and you want to make sure you're being provided with accurate information. This requires a more complete understanding of your medical/oncologic history.

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Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong. Exercise and healthy diet always.

Following colon cancer surgery, is it safe to undergo chemo treatments when the liver isn't 100% healthy? Liver damaged slightly due to past drinking, no alcohol consumed for over 25 years now. Always healthy and strong. Exercise and healthy diet always.

Probably yes: Chemotherapy for colon cancer is typically a regime abbreviated to folfox. There is an agent which has some liver toxicity but is generally safe. You will be closely monitored while on chemotherapy. And the oncologist will take into account your liver function and history before stsrting therapy.

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How to extend my mom's life? Metastases liver cancer at stage 4. My mom did surgery for breast cancer before. How to extend life besides treatment?

How to extend my mom's life? Metastases liver cancer at stage 4. My mom did surgery for breast cancer before. How to extend life besides treatment?

Quality: If you want, you can look for aggressive treatment for her or getting her entered in a study. It is her decision. I'd urge you to focus at this time on making her last months (or it may be years) matter. Remember the good times, seek healing if need be, stay involved with her and help her do and enjoy the things that are important to her. Add life to the time, more than time to the life. Bless you.

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Colorectal cancer surgery and colostomy? Why does the doctor have to do a colostomy as part of colorectal cancer surgery? What is it exactly (a hole in my abdomen?) and how long will I have it?

Colorectal cancer surgery and colostomy? Why does the doctor have to do a colostomy as part of colorectal cancer surgery? What is it exactly (a hole in my abdomen?) and how long will I have it?

Some: Some ostomies are for ever and other temporary. For low rectal cancer a temporary may be use to proted the new conection alowed to be healthy. If the cancer is to low involving the muscle to control the stool a penmanented ostomy is need. Yes a stoma is a open in you abdomen that alowwed a small portion of teh bowel to come out and it is cover by a ostomy bag.

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How soon can I try sex after prostate cancer surgery?

How soon can I try sex after prostate cancer surgery?

While your: Urologist may have another answer, if you can achieve an erection, you may attempt sexual intercourse. Do not anticipate an ejaculation (which is different from an orgasm), since the prostate makes the majority of the juice in an ejaculate, and your prostate is now gone. It's good you are thinking about sex which means your libido works. Good luck!

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Please help! What happens during colon cancer surgery?

Please help! What happens during colon cancer surgery?

Surgery: Colon cancer surgery would be done under full general anesthesia. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be 2 options. The offending part of the colon and nearby lymph nodes are removed. Most often the colon is then connected back together. Less often a colostomy is needed. Discuss with the operating surgeon to get more specific details.

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As a cancer surgery survivor, how can I improve my body image?

As a cancer surgery survivor, how can I improve my body image?

This is up to you.: Much of body image is how you feel about yourself. Everybody wants to look their best, but after a point, it is how you feel about yourself that is probably the main factor. If you can feel good with what you have done to improve your body image, then that is enough. Options like support groups can help by seeing other people who are dealing with the same issues you are and how to handle them.

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Following cancer surgery I had 2 clear pet scans. Now after 5 yrs the pet scan is abnormal. What can be the reason, what to do?

Following cancer surgery I had 2 clear pet scans. Now after 5 yrs the pet scan is abnormal. What can be the reason, what to do?

Abnormal PET....: It is difficult to say without knowing your exact history. What type of cancer was it? Was the pet performed at the same institution and interpreted by the same person? Abnormal pet could mean recurrence but without the report it is difficult to say. There are many causes of false positive on pet. Please look further into this calmly and discuss with your doctor to understand the details.

Dr. Gerald Mandell
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