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Lung liver and bone cancer life expectancy?

Unclear question: Did you mean cancer with metastatic disease to lung, liver and bone? What is the primary cancer (from which organ the initial cancer cell originated)? Either way widely metastatic disease has poor dismal prognosis with short life expectancy - so its important to figure out whats the primary as different cancer usually respond to therapy differently. ...Read more

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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


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Metastatic breast cancer usually spread to liver?

Metastatic breast cancer usually spread to liver?

It may: Breast cancer can metastascise to many organs. Regionally to the lymph nodes and distantly to other organs. More commonly to the bones, lung, liver, brain and other visceral structures in the abdomen or pelvis. ...Read more

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Advanced prostrate cancer spread to brain, spine and liver/what is life expectancy time?

Advanced prostrate cancer spread to brain, spine and liver/what is life expectancy time?

Not long...: ...I'm afraid, particularly if it's spread to the brain. It may vary depending on whether he gets treatment and how well it works but in general his prognosis is very poor. I would focus on helping him feel as good as possible for whatever time he is given rather than guessing how long he actually has. ...Read more

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Life expectancy terminal lung cancer with liver mestasis with chemotherapy stopped?

Life expectancy terminal lung cancer with liver mestasis with chemotherapy stopped?

Bad news: Prognosis is grim, but I would suggest in the interim good symptom control through a palliative care line or hospice care. A variety of factors play in determining life expectancy, that is usually in such cases less than 6 months. ...Read more

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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

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What is life expectancy for stage 4 non-hodgkin's lymphoma that has spread to spine, liver & spleen?

What is life expectancy for stage 4 non-hodgkin's lymphoma  that has spread to spine, liver  & spleen?

Depends: Many types of non-hodgkins lymphoma and prognosis varies. Even with stage iv, some are very curable. Need more details. Good luck! ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy for advanced metastatic prostrate cancer be?

What would the life expectancy for advanced metastatic prostrate cancer be?

Quite variable: Most Prostate Cancer-affected patients live for several years, the average being 3-5 years. But it depends on response to hormonal treatments which can extend life for 2 to 3 years. Chemotherapy can add another 1 or 2 years. Once all the above treatments have been used up, then the survival is shortened to 1 to 2 years. Tell us more about the dates of your diagnosis and treatments used up so far?. ...Read more

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How can metastatic breast cancer progress?

How can metastatic breast cancer progress?

It can and it does: Progress of cancer means the cancer is getting worse. This is not uncommon as the cancers tend to spead further in the body and tumors get larger in size especially when the treatment is not working. Cancer is either regressing(with good treatment) or progressing(without treatment or with the ineffective treatment). ...Read more

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Life expectancy for stage 4 bowel cancer which has spread to the brain and liver?

Life expectancy for stage 4 bowel cancer which has spread to the brain and liver?

Highly variable: In colon cancer, up to 25% survival at 3 years, if good response to chemo. Every colon cancer responds to meds differently, and new genetic tests can help pick meds that might be best. I recommend to get affairs in order, apologize to those who you have wronged/crossed, express love & gratitude to those for whom you care, and find joy and peace in each day. Best wishes! dr. T. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cancer that has spread to liver lungs and brain. What is live expectancy.?

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Stage 4 cancer that has spread to liver lungs and brain. What is live expectancy.?

Stage IV lung cancer: Straight to the point...There is nothing that will change or delay the inevitalbe. Everyday is a blessing and is precious and you should treat it as such. The text books will say six months or less but it is usually a lot less. Some patients will last a few days and others will take a few weeks depending on their overall strength. They are only traveling the path we all will soon follow. ...Read more

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What is someone's life expectancy once metastatic cancer is detected in liver with cirrhosis?

What is someone's life expectancy once metastatic cancer is detected in liver with cirrhosis?

Fair: If a known primary has been detected along with liver mets and has been removed the results of treating the liver lesion are fair. If the met is solitary it can be resected. If multiple then microwave ablation has been employed. Following this systemic chemotherapy followed by chemoembolization has been employed. This all depends on degree of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Is liver resection possible for brother w/stage 4 colon cancer mest to liver w/lots of tumor.

Is liver resection possible for brother w/stage 4 colon cancer mest to liver w/lots of tumor.

Possibly: Removal of liver metastases can sometimes be helpful for patients with colon cancer. A remarkable amount of cancer can be removed usually after there has been some response to chemotherapy. If surgery is not recommended alternatives such as radioembolization, chemoembolization, radiosurgery, or rfa or cryoablation may be considered. Get with an experienced team to determine the best course! ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer, ampullary tumor. Whipple procedure. Spread to liver, not respectable. Chemo for 6 months and continuing. Prognosis?

Pancreatic cancer, ampullary tumor. Whipple procedure.  Spread to liver, not respectable. Chemo for 6 months and continuing. Prognosis?

Poor: While Whipple is the best approach for a primary pancreatic or ampullary lesion, the recurrence rate at 1-2 yrs is 90%. Chemo either of the FOLFIERI or Genciabine /Abraxane combo have limited effects on liver mets which in pancreas are not considered amenable to resection. There is an FDA protocol using specific monoclonals targeting pancreas that might be available but only after chemo failure ...Read more

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Stage 3 peritoneal cancer life expectancy without any treatment?

Stage 3 peritoneal cancer life expectancy without any treatment?

Not good: Without treatment the cancer will continue to spread. There is no way to predict course or anticipate miracles. The survival rate at 3 years WITH treatment is about 60%. ...Read more

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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?

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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?

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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Is liver metastases from colon cancer a death sentence?

Is liver metastases from colon cancer a death sentence?

It could be commuted: Until recently, colon cancer metastases in the liver were invariably fatal within a few years. However, there are some new biotechnology findings that suggest this may no longer always be the case. Your oncologist would be the person to ask. ...Read more

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With stage 4 lung cancer, what is the life expectancy?

Greatly depends: That depends on many factors: the type of cancer, how much it has spread, whether it is responsive to treatment, whether you have received treatment, etc. Etc. It is very difficult to make a prognostication about "life expectancy." stage 4 cancer, of whatever type, can be very difficult. It is important you get all the information you need that is accurate and helpful. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a stage 4 liver cancer patient?

What is the life expectancy for a stage 4 liver cancer patient?

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

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What is life expectancy for liver cancer stage 4, cirrhosis from hepatitis C and developed lung and spline cancer, age is 70 ?

What is life expectancy for liver cancer stage 4, cirrhosis from hepatitis C and developed lung and spline cancer, age is 70 ?

Unpredictable: It is not possible to provide a time line as tumors and patients all behave differently. However, the clinical picture you provided is of a terminally ill patient. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the life expectancy of metastatic breast cancer?

Can you tell me what is the life expectancy of metastatic breast cancer?

It depends: There are many types of metastatic breast cancer. Life expectancy depends on the type and the location. Er+ breast cancer that has spread only to bones has a life expectancy of years, even 5-10 years. Er- breast cancer has a much shorter life expectancy. In general, breast cancer in organs (lung, liver, brain) causes death sooner than breast cancer in bones only. Ask your oncologist. ...Read more

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I want to know whether radio surgery (cyber knife or gamma knife) is applicable in metastatic breast cancer to liver?

I want to know whether radio surgery (cyber knife or gamma knife) is applicable in metastatic breast cancer to liver?

Mets in liver: If someone had just one met, cyberknife, rfa, nano knife, cryo ablation or surgical resection any of them can be considered. It would be important to biopsy it and make sure what the pathology is as there is a 20% chance of having different pathology compared to the primary breast cancer. That can make a difference in systemic therapy we choose. ...Read more

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Metastatic breast cancer usually spread to liver?

It may: Breast cancer can metastascise to many organs. Regionally to the lymph nodes and distantly to other organs. More commonly to the bones, lung, liver, brain and other visceral structures in the abdomen or pelvis. ...Read more

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My mother in law is 76, has metastatic breast cancer in liver, on chemo now started giving things away.bad sign?

Bad sign?: Your mom's physicians have presumably explained to her that her cancer is not curable, and that the amount of time that she has left is unpredictable. It seems perfectly sensible and the right thing in this situation for her to share the things she has treasured with the people she loves. Perhaps you can help Mom prepare for what will eventually come by cherishing the times you've shared. ...Read more

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Had an ultrasound to check gallbladder due to being symptomatic. Report noted a liver cyst with septation. I also am living with metastatic breast cancer. Is this particular cyst a metastasis and could it explain my symptoms?

Had an ultrasound to check gallbladder due to being symptomatic. Report noted a liver cyst with septation. I also am living with metastatic breast cancer. Is this particular cyst a metastasis and could it explain my symptoms?

More info. : Liver cysts are common, are most often benign and usually asymptomatic. Metastasies are usually solid. But given your history you would like to be sure. If not clearly benign on Imaging you could obtain a biopsy that would reassure you when it comes back benign. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of metastatic breast cancer to other organs?

What is the survival rate of metastatic breast cancer to other organs?

Highly variable: Everyone is different, responds to treatments differently, has different cell types & different underlying medical conditions. Depends if bone or lung or liver involvement. Some patients can live for years & others may not. The patient's treating oncologist would be able to answer much better. ...Read more

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If you have metastatic breast cancer can you have surgery to remove the breast?

If you have metastatic breast cancer can you have surgery to remove the breast?

Surgery needed: Even inn face of metastatic disease removal of primary eliminales clones that can metastasize ot other sites. Once primary is gone, proper therapy, whether RT alone or in combination with chemo and hormone therapy an be decided upon. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

It Depends: It depends on the "personality" of the cancer, ie whether it has the estrogen receptor, Progesterone receptor, or her2. It also depends on where the cancer is. Er+ cancer that has spread only to bone can often be treated with anti-estrogen pills alone, while cancer in the liver, lungs or brain often requires chemotherapy. Women can live for years with metastatic breast cancer. ...Read more

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How effective is Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

How effective is  Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

It depends: As the first treatment for metastatic breast cancer, Xeloda (capecitabine) works in 40-60% of people treated. If it is the second, third or later treatment after failure of other agents, the effectiveness is much less. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be prescribed Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

Yes: xeloda is the oral form of 5FU. Depending on the nature of the tumor and whether metastatic cancer is being treated, combinations of chemotherapy are being used such as CMF or Taxol with Herceptin (trastuzumab). Its up to the treating physician as to whether a single agent is to utilized. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for metastatic breast cancer? How about alternative treatments?

What is the best treatment for metastatic breast cancer? How about alternative treatments?

It depends: There is not a "best" treatment, as metastatic breast cancers are different. The best treatment will take into account past treatment, current symptoms, and the subtype of breast cancer (er, pr and her2 status) as well as the location of tumors. Usually chemo or biologic therapy is necessary. Alternative treatments like mushrooms may have anti-cancer effects, but more studies are needed. ...Read more

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If a metastatic breast cancer sufferer has severe ascites how long can they live like that?

If a metastatic breast cancer sufferer has severe ascites how long can they live like that?

Longevity: Your situation sounds serious. If the cause of ascites is also cancer, you are likely at stage 4. Your longevity will be affected by your decisions to continue treatment and at what level. Your quality of live and your relationships remain of primary importance. ...Read more

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My grandma has metastatic breast cancer in her ribs & spine, she keeps getting these hot flushes. Causes?

My grandma has metastatic breast cancer in her ribs & spine, she keeps getting these hot flushes. Causes?

Medications?: Ask her medical oncologist. Some of the treatments she is getting could cause those symptoms. Is she having fevers? The medical oncoligist would likely want her to watch for signs of fever, infections, or check for low white blood cell count (neutropenia). ...Read more

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How long can someone with metastatic breast cancer with severe ascites (5 ltrs every 14 days) have to live?

How long can someone with metastatic breast cancer with severe ascites (5 ltrs every 14 days) have to live?

See your doc: Unfortunately, questions like this can't be intelligently answered without seeing the patient and knowing more abour her (age, general health, etc.) in general, however, this situation implies a very poor prognosis. ...Read more

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Metastatic breast cancer has gone to hip bone; prognosis?

Metastatic breast cancer has gone to hip bone; prognosis?

This depends: The answer depends on many factors. How old is the persone, what other medical problems do they have, when did the breast cancer first occur, what other sites are involved, what are the characteristics of the cancer (estrogen, Progesterone receptors, her2/neu status) and what prior treatments were administered are some of the issues that factor into an answer. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for metastatic breast cancer to hip bone?

What is the prognosis for metastatic breast cancer to hip bone?

Treatable,NotCurable: The term "prognosis" is like an on/off switch and does not take into account disease control and quality of life. After all, diabetes is incurable but doesn't have the same connotation as cancer. Many breast ca patients with bony mets respond very well to rx and can live for years with this. It is best to focus on response to rx rather than cure. ...Read more

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How can metastatic breast cancer progress?

It can and it does: Progress of cancer means the cancer is getting worse. This is not uncommon as the cancers tend to spead further in the body and tumors get larger in size especially when the treatment is not working. Cancer is either regressing(with good treatment) or progressing(without treatment or with the ineffective treatment). ...Read more

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What does metastatic breast cancer really mean?

What does metastatic breast cancer really mean?

Cancer has spread: Metastatic, or stage 4 breast cancer, means the cancer has spread into other places in the body. Breast cancer at this stage can be treated, sometimes for 10 or more years depending on the type, but it cannot be cured. ...Read more

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Why is metastatic breast cancer difficult to treat?

Why is metastatic breast cancer difficult to treat?

It's not: There are many treatments for metastatic breast cancer which can control it for years. Although it can be treated, it is rarely cured. That is because cancer cells are constantly mutating, so treatments lose effectiveness. Metastatic breast cancer requires constant treatment with either hormone therapy, chemotherapy, or biologic therapy. Treatments are changed as they lose effectiveness. ...Read more

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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


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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more