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Time Frame For Stage 4 Colon Met Liver 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
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
It is possible: Several factors regarding colon cancer liver metastasis predict long term survival. Where the mets present when the original tumor was discovered? How many mets are present? Is the CEA level over 200? How large are the liver mets? How many lymph nodes were positive from the colon specimen? Can all of the liver lesions be removed or ablated? Are there metastasis present elsewhere ie: the lungs. ...Read more
What is the life expectancy for stage 4 colon cancer with small liver/lung mets, partial sbo, and plueral effusion -no more treatments and on hospice?
On Hospice: Unfortunately, based on your description, it sounds like less 6 months. ...Read more
Hmmmm: You know, the terms "stage iv" and "cure" are not usually put in the same sentence by oncologists because in theory, most stage IV cancers are incurable. That said, I have seen a handful of patients who had a limited number of metastases to the liver or lung and are in remission years later after aggressive surgery and chemo. Don't lose hope. Best wishes. ...Read more
My dad has stage IV colon cancer with advanced liver mets. Inoperable, non curative, on chemo &now coughing a little blood. Is the cancer advancing?
Sounds like lung mets
Be sure to inform his oncologist and get a Chest X-ray ...Read more
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
Dr., I like to know the time frame for my mom, 84, primary liver cancer, dr. Set up hospice for her, how much time does she have left in an average.
Hospice end of life: We can not answer how long but hospice is end of life care and you have to discuss with the oncologist or treating physician as to the time frame. But she is terminally ill and unfortunately she is not going to recover. ...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?
Consider hospice: Nobody can tell you the time left. You should very seriously consider getting with your local hospice organization. ...Read more
How helpful are radio active beads for stage 4 colon cancer and what number should the liver result be (is 2 ok)?
More info please: There are more then one kind of radioactive microsphere for treatment of hepatic metastases. Because liver metastases are often the most life limiting issue in stage IV crc, local catheter directed cancer therapies can be very effective. This should be reviewed by a multidisciplinary team to advise you best. Vascular and interventional radiologists are the only providers who in fact perform the tx. ...Read more
Is it possible for stage 4 colon cancer patient that is spread to liver as well have no classic symptoms of colon cancer existance?
Colon cancer: Yes very common. That is the reason we do colon screening to get the small cancers out before they spread. Trust everyone gets this done as recommended in your health care system to prevent this preventable tragedy. ...Read more
Brother diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer mestastic to the liver- report reads "tumors on liver too numerable to count", he's on chemo, his chances?
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
Is there a difference in prognosis being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and being diagnosed stage 3 And then liver metastases was found on scan?
Liver: Metastases would indicate stage 4 disease.Get a more detailed answer ›
My dad is 56. Diagnosed 12/7/16 with Stage 4 colorectal cancer, liver metastases and perforated colon. What's his prognosis if he starts chemo 1/11/17?
Fair: Metastatic colon Ca treatable if primary lesion resected. What is in liver remains in liver to be treated by microwave ablation or chemoembolization. Question about perforation which releases cells into peritoneal cavity that can be treated by hyperthermic perfusion and systemic chemo. Immunotherapy with mAb targeting mutated MUC5ac coming into play. ...Read more
What is the life expectancy of a 78 year old, Stage 4 colon cancer spread to liver and lungs? Having chemotherapy (tablets) but losing weight.
Life expectancy: At 78, with stage IV colon cancer, the survival is about 4-6 months without treatment. With the new treatments combining chemo with biological drugs, survival times are in the range of 24-30 months. With a less aggressive treatment I estimate an AVERAGE survival of 9-12 months. Keep in mind these estimates are just a ball park figure, keep things one month at a time. ...Read more
Father got diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer. Spread to liver, lungs, and brain. Currently at city of hope. Recommend a good place in LA areas? Help!
Here R some options: City of Hope is a good Cancer Center. Alternative institutions include USC- Cancer Center, UCLA cancer Center and many oncologists in private practice. Search under Medical Oncologists in your area and make a call/s to find out if another medical oncologist would accept your father for treatment of his metastatic Colon cancer. This is a disease for which good treatments are available ...Read more
Depends: Most "liver cancers" are not from the liver but metastatic from other places. The prognosis will vary depending on the source and aggressiveness of the primary cancer. Also depends on the general health, the number of lesions, and how aggressive is the treatment given. A precious few patients can be potentially cured under the right circumstances and with the right therapy. Most, sadly, will not. ...Read more
Depends on level of tumor burden and response of tumor to treatment
here is a good resource:
http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/liver-cancer. ...Read more
My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4?
Cirrhosis vs cancer: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. People with cirrhosis are at risk for liver cancer. it is certainly possible that he has both, though we wouldn't use 'stage 4' for liver cancer but woudl instead say that someone has metastasis. did he have a biopsy? The 'stage 4' is much more likley to refer to degree of scarring, meaning cirrhosis. If he has no liver cancer now, he needs to be screened > ...Read more
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
Liver cirrhosis & ca: Hepatocellular carcinoma (malignant hepatoma) is most common type of liver cancer, & most cases are secondary to either viral hepatitis or cirrhosis. This tumor is rare in usa. Main risk factors are alcoholism, hepatitis b or c, wilson's disease, type 2 diabetes with obesity, & hemochromatosis. ...Read more
My friend has stage 4 liver cancer that has spread once already, and has a small black bump on his tongue that seemed to pop up overnight.?
Metastasis: Most likely is metastatic he should follow up with his doctor ...Read more
My moms battling liver cancer for over a year & it has spread to her lungs. She told me it was at stage 4 & wanted to know how much longer she has.
My mom, 84, stage 4 hepatoma liver cancer, she has been vomitting and diarhhea. Is that means she is coming to the end of her life? How much longer?
My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4? I'm confused, please clarify.
Ask his Doctor: If you are confused, there's little sense in you becoming more confused now. That is because there is a lot more about your husband's case which his doctor would know about, than we could from only the information available here. I am sure you are very concerned and upset about your husband and if he has cirrhosis, there are likely other issues as well. I am very sorry about your husband. ...Read more
3-6 months: Though survival has been improving in liver cancer over the past decade, the numbers are still not encouraging. For all patients regardless of stage the survival without treatment is less than 1 year. With maximal treatment survival rises to 20-65% at 1 yr and 10-20% at 5 years. For stage IV disease survival is less than 2 months without treatment and as much as 8 months with maximal treatment. ...Read more
Depends: Stage IV hepatocellular cancer is defined by a tumor that originates in the liver and spreads to distant sites like the lung or other organs. The diagnosis may be made with a CT scan and occasionally liver-specific tumor markers like Alpha fetoprotein (AFP). Other Stage IV cancers like colorectal cancer can spread to the liver, but that is technically different. ...Read more
Are there any experimental options we can exercise for my grandma (81) who has terminal stage 4 liver cancer? She only has a few months left.
Hospice: Unfortunately no. At this point hospice would be the best option for her. ...Read more
Hospice care: It can be overwhelming for the family. Get hospice involved immediately. They have resources to help the whole family through this tough time. ...Read more
...include tumor stage, liver function, side effects of treatment, your overall health, chances of curing the disease, extending life, or relieving symptoms. Based on these factors, treatment options may include:
Surgery (partial hepatectomy or transplant),
Chemotherapy. Ref: https://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/liver-cancer/treatin ...Read more
Husbnd has stg 4 cirrosis liver cncer, I know the cirrosis is stage 4 but confused about how severe (what stage) liver cancer is?
Esophageal cancer: Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus is a serious and increasingly common cancer. Early forms are treated by local excision, but once it invades muscle or involves distant structures, the challenge is greater. Some clinical trials are available which might prolong life for your loved one beyond 6-12 months. Search for an NCI cancer center or academic oncology center which has access to these. ...Read more
What is the difference between liver cancer & cirrhosis of the liver? I have been diagnosed with primary biliary ciffhosis stage 4.
Different problems: Cirrhosis is a complex scarring of the liver that results in disruption of both the liver cells, which must accomplish a large number of tasks, and the flow of the "rivers" in the liver that help accomplish that, by putting scars across them. The cells inside these inflamed and scarred areas are more prone to mutate and become cancerous, so that cirrhosis may lead to cancer of the liver. Good luck. ...Read more
Stage 4 liver cancer, cirrhosis, cancer also in spine. Diagnosed in Jan. Half dose Nexavar (sorafenib) 3 mths. Prognosis?
It's not great but-: -this is a question for your treating physician. He/she is aware of your situation. ...Read more
Birth control pills heighten the chances of liver cancer? A friend is in stage 4 cancer, the doctor blames bc pills. This worries me bc I am on bc
Possible low risk: Contraceptives are known to cause benign ' adenomas ' which may can cause liver bleeding. There may be slight increase of incidence of liver cancer for those who are on contraceptives for 5 or more yeas. Estrogens known to inhibit bilirubin and bile acid production which may be the cause. If you are concerned see your doctor for other alternative method of birth control. ...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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