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Stage 4 Liver Cirrhosis Life Expectancy
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
Not good.: When a liver with cirrhosis is having trouble doing it's job, it's called end-stage liver disease. This means that the liver is beginning to fail. Generally, patient in this setting will die or need transplant within a few years. Having cirrhosis, however, is not the same as end stage liver disease. Only when the liver starts to fail do we call it end stage. ...Read more
See your doctor.: Usually for stage IV lung ca, you will get chemotherapy. This can lower resistance to infection, including in the colon which could result in rectal bleeding. Rarely, lung cancer can spread to the bowel causing bleeding. See you m doctor/medical oncologist right away! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: This is longer than one would expect, however essentially nothing is truly "impossible." but this would be an outlier, longer than expected. ...Read more
St 4 Colon Cancer with mets to the brain and liver. Received palliative radiation for brain tumors, no chemo, fluid in lungs
Prognosis with time left?
Not usually: It really depends on the degree of renal impairment. Most people with moderate chronic kidney disease do not even realize they have the disease! its often not until renal function had dropped below 30% and often lower than that, that you can see side effects. The side effects (anemia, high potassium, high phosphorus) are what cause most of the life threatening issues. ...Read more
Many years: Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is usually diagnosed with lab tests and liver biopsy. People can live many years with PBC. Without knowing more information, I can't give you exact numbers, but hopefully you are on ursodiol medication and this helps PBC a lot. You should be following with a liver doctor who will help manage your disease. ...Read more
Depends: Stage 4 is a histological (microscopic) term that denotes the presence of established cirrhosis in the liver. Cirrhosis itself may be asymptomatic or may develop symptoms of liver failure, such as jaundice, ascites, bleeding or encephalopathy, among others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?
What is the average life expectancy for a type 1 diabetic (has had diabetes for 35 + yrs) with end stage renal disease, and is on dialysis?
Depends: Any answer that includes a definite number would be questionable from my point of view; as it would probably not consider the subpopulations' future attitude and compliance, not to mention current overall health status/genetic of this "cohort". Meaning, life expectancy at this point may vary wildly for many reasons. It would be more useful to just optimize treatment in a multidisciplinary fashion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a patient stage 1 papillary thyroid cancer with BRAF mutation positive live more than 20 years ( she is 51 years old) ? Thank you very much!
Yes: Papillary thyroid cancer is very common and some people do not even know they have it as small tumors may be found on autopsy when they die of something else. Generally tumors are graded by how ugly they look to the pathologist and how far they've spread. Your tumor has also been molecularly characterized. There are new treatment options available. Please discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more
Advance liver cancer,liver size 21cm no obstructed bile ducts,bilirubin 10.81,mild ascites.what treatment would work now?Is chemo still an option?
Stage 3c ovarian cancer in 2011 done several chemo drugs now in liver and have colostomy doc says if no more chemo qual of life 6 mo fair assessment?
Doc may be right: I can not fully answer your question without knowing which chemotherapy drugs have been used(we have 5-6 good drugs for ovarian cancer). But once the cancer becomes resistant to all drugs then life is short...Usually a matter of months than years. But you can get a second opinion from another oncologist if you want to be absolutely certain. ...Read more
Prognosis for 3 pancreatic ampullary cancer tumors. 1 removed with whipple. Chemo 7months helped 1 shrink & 1 disappear. Liver lesions shrank. ?
It depends: Prognosis for Pancreatic Cancer is typically quite poor. But in some patients(5-10%) the tumor can be completely controlled but 90+ percent do tend to get into trouble in one to two years after Surgery. Are you currently free of any visible Cancer in your abdomen? Tell us the details of your recent test results...do they show any tumors or have these been completely controlled??? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can stage 1a endometrial cancer (removed) spread to mediastinal, bilateral hilar and virchow's node w/o infiltrating another organ?
Yes but: It could possibly spread to local lymph node but the chances are very low. The lymph nodes that are in thoracic cavity are even less likely to contain metastatic tumor from a stage 1a endometrial cancer, especially if it's a garden variety low grade lesion. In fact, long term survival is very good, like 95%. The other 5% may represent very high grade tumors. ...Read more
Colon resection for ca showed 2 lymph nodes involved. What are chances of ca spreading to cirrhortic liver?
Can occur..: But hopefully your colon cancer was found before it could spread to the liver. Colon cancer can spread to the liver in any person, irregardless if you gave cirrhosis or not. See your oncologist to evaluate what the best treatments may be for your specific condition. Blood testing and x-ray tests such as ct, mri, or pet scans are indicated for some people. ...Read more
Decompensated adv liver disease with ascites, some confustion, fatigue, loss of apetite, drowsiness, sleepiness, breath is fowl, etc how long to live?
Last yr CT scan n yesterday abd ultrasound shows diffuse hepatocellular disease in liver. Prognosis, treatment, further testing? Crohns patient
Crohn's complication: Many Crohn's complications. Granulomatous hepatitis (non infectious) And Amyloidosis of liver two rare but known problems. Please see your gastroenterology specialist soon. This could be due to some drug as well, such as sulfasalazine. Check Alkaline Phosphatase levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Survival rate for triple neg receptors for early stage breast cancer after chemo treatment? No lymph nodes involve, stage 1b, grade 2, mastec done
Excellent: According to adjuvant online (www.Adjuvantonline.Com), you have about an 82% 10 yr survival rate based on your specific information provided. This is only an estimate since there are details I do not have such as type of chemotherapy being used. For triple negative breast cancer, these survival rates are quite excellent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stage 4=cirrhosis: The prognosis of cirrhosis is highly variable since it is influenced by a number of factors, including etiology, severity, presence of complications, and comorbid diseases. Scoring systems are available to give you an idea of life expectancy but are far from exact. You should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: The life expectancy is very variable and depends on the cause and stage of cirrhosis, state of compensation, development of malignancy etc. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion about life expectancy for a given patient. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver. ...Read more
Depends: People with cirrhosis can live many years, but once they start developing complication of ascites (fluid build up in belly), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), varices (vomiting blood) or liver cancer, the life expectancy is much less. The way to increase your life expectancy is to have a liver doctor help manage the above, and to stop drinking alcohol as you can possibly heal your liver. ...Read more
Age 58, non-alcoholic.have liver cirrhosis due to Portal Hypertensive.still have 40% liver working.it can be stable always or what is life expectancy?
Take care ofyourself: If you already have portal hypertension as a complication of your liver disease, you probably have had cirrhosis for awhile. There is no "40% working" - best markers are those of synthetic function. get the underlying cause treated if possible (?HCV), stay as healthy as you can. But no, unlikely to remain 'stable always'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I need life expectancy for liver cirrhosis. He has hep c with an enlarged liver and fluid around it.
Difficult to say: With the approval of the latest round of hep C medicines, hep C has become a potentially treatable illness, sometimes even in the face of known cirrhosis. He needs to see a good hepatologist ASAP. In the meantime, no alcohol, tylenol, (acetaminophen) or shellfish. Good luck. ...Read more
What is average life-expectancy for a patient who has liver cirrhosis and has developed ascites for 2 weeks and seems to respond to Lasix and aldactone (spironolactone)? Thanks.
What Stage ?: Life expectancy depends on what stage is the disease , is it irreversible, what is meld score need inr, creatinine & bilurubin levels to access ( model for end stage liver disease ) presence of active hep b or c eso. Varices etc . Based on info appear to be stage iii or IV if untreated not much time left , need liver transplantation. Meld score to put on waiting list. ...Read more
4: There are four stages of fibrosis (scarring) and stage 4 is cirrhosis. When you say stage 4 cirrhosis--it is a confusing term since the europeans use a different classification where stage 4 of cirrhosis means cirrhosis with signs of liver failure that is much worse than stage 4 of fibrosis. Please discuss more with your liver doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have cirrhosis of the liver. the Doc. says stage 4 level 4. i also am waiting for new meds to come out in fall for hep c.Life expectancy is....?
Depends: how is your liver function? if your docs are suggesting waiting and not going for SIM/SOF now, then things can't be too dire. make sure you get regular screening for liver cancer and esophageal varices. if the HCV gets taken care of, may or may not need a transplant down the line. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband is in very early stages of stage 4 non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. His doctor told him to lose weight. What is his life expectancy?
Depends: Regarding his diagnosis, stage 1 is early and likely reversible with weight loss, excercise, and a good diet. Avoiding alcohol abuse and getting vaccinated against hepatitis b is also as good idea. It is not end-stage liver disease. Life expectancy could be totally normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Complicated: Patients with liver cirrhosis develop many complications since the presence of ascites means that there is portal hyperteinsion in the venous system draining the bowel with nutrients heading to the liver. Such patients can go into liver failure and coma or develop complications from portal hypertension such as esophageal varices. A shunt has to be performed to lessen or eliminate the problem. ...Read more
58years, had liver cirrhosis in2006, I was put under steroids, have to continue steroids as per doctor for life, but I keep gaining weight due to the same?
See liver specialist: Agree with dr. Abe; sounds like autoimmune hepatitis. Meds may be able to be adjusted. On 6mp (steroid sparing), Budesonide (steroid with fewer systemic effects)? Watching diet, weight as best you can> avoiding alcohol? Liver specialist (hepatologist) may be able to help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What's healthy diet & life style other than drink and meat consider.& routine exercise, enough sleep, lack of worry for potential liver cirrhosis?
Depends on the cause: There have been deaths of heavy-drinking celebrities during their 20's. Mr. Mckernan died at age 26 of cirrhosis, probably from his alcohol use. If you believe you have something in your life that may be damaging your liver, please get with your physician -- we know many tricks that may help. Best wishes. ...Read more
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