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Liver Cancer Surgery Recovery
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. ...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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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?
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 anti-rejection meds?
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Good: The risk is to age, but overall medical state. Heart and lungs most importantly. ...Read more
I had cancer surgery 3 months ago, but I'm having a hard time quitting smoking. Besides patches, what can I do?
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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?
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. ...Read more
I have had 2 blood test in the past month that have shown elevated potasium levels. What are sympthoms and causes? I have copdand alergys, no other medical problems that I am awre off, all though I did have cancer surgery in 1991 with no reoccurance of p
We: We would need to know how elevated. What were the actual values? It can range from being slightly dehydrated to various other things. Please provide more details. ...Read more
What laboratory exams are typically ordered to follow a year (s) after a successful colon cancer surgery?
Generally: Depending on a patient's overall health, once or twice yearly physical examination, basic blood tests, maybe yearly colonoscopy. Blood CEA testing sometimes. Also depends on the stage & grade of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. X- ray or ct scan not a routine usually unless there are clinical concerns. ...Read more
1 month: cervical cancer where a radical hysterectomy is performed necessitates removal of uterus plus tubes and ovaries, ureteral dissection to trigone, pelvic lymph node dissection and resection upper vagina. Healing in about 1wk with small bowel dropping to pelvis. Discharge with bowel function and about 2-3 wks home recup. ...Read more
After cancer surgery I had 2 clear pet scans. Nw after 5 yrs the pet scan is abnormal. Possible causes?
Not enough info...: It is possible to have an abnormal scan at 5 years but I do not know enough about your history and what was abnormal in this scan. There are many sources of false positive on pet scan but without seeing your images or reports and without your exact history it is difficult to determine what the status is. ...Read more
My uncle has undergone cancer surgery two months ago, now doctors have declared. I want to know if there is any hope.
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Depends: There are many surgical options to manage rectal cancer. If amenable to a transanal approach, there is no risk, if laparoscopic, you have a smaller risk than an open abdominal procedure. If you require a permanent colostomy, you have the potential for hernias at the abdominal incisions, around the colostomy and at the perineum, bottom where the anus was. A colorectal surgeon can provide options. ...Read more
Depends: When removing skin for skin cancer, the skin that is removed needs to be checked ny a pathologist under the microscope to make sure all the cancer is removed. If skin cancer remains, a second surgery is necessary to remove the residual cancer. A second surgery is required about 5% of the time. ...Read more
Prostate surgery: It is minimall. Some people say it s close to zero. It is really small. There is an open technique, radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic technique. Although laparoscopy is gaining field, apparently there is a higher rate of urinary incontinence and recurrence with laproscopy. Your urologyst should be able to give you uptodate information on the procedure. Hope it helps. ...Read more
Individual: That is a question that cannot be answered here. It is individual to the person, the type of cancer, the particular oncologist treating you and your particular medical case, overall health, complications, and many, many other things. Discuss with your oncologist openly, fully and completely. ...Read more
Mohs surgery: The gold standard is mohs micrographic surgery a process by which the tissue can be examined immediately under the microscope to check all margins to ensure that all the skin cancer is removed. Fellowship trained mohs surgeon can be found thru the american college of mohs surgery (acms): http://www. Mohscollege. Org/acms/. ...Read more
It varies: I've seen return of erections from as soon as one month after radical prostatectomy to as long as two years. The usual time frame I give my patients is closer to the 1.5-2 year window. ...Read more
Need more info.: How soon after the surgery did the bowel obstruction occur? Is it a large- or small bowel obstruction? Do the doctors believe the obstruction is due to recurrent cancer or adhesions? Is it an incomplete or complete obstruction? Please ask these questions of the treating physicians for a better understanding of this complex problem. ...Read more
Maybe 0: Patients who undergo surgery for esophageal cancer are generally enrolled in a surveillance program. This may entail chest ct scans every 4 months for 2 years, than every 6 months for 1 year, then once a year. Suspicious things on ct scan can be followed up with a pet scan. Routine surveillance endoscopy is not necessary, unless used for addressing symptoms. ...Read more
Depends on control: For the most part, if your diabetes is under good control and you are on a stable medication regimen it shouldn't change your risk much. If you are very Insulin dependent, managing your Insulin dose while you heal and regain your appetite can be a bit tricky but still very easily accomplished. Your risk shouldn't meaningfully increase unless your control is very poor or you have heart disease. ...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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