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How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon 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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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How long does someone usually have with stage 4 liver cancer that spread of colon?

How long does someone usually have with stage 4 liver cancer that spread of colon?

Even this stage: Of colon cancer has had tremendous advances with advanced means of chemotherapy! I would not accept the answer to your question from any other than an ONCOLOGIST who is familiar with the case!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can someone with stage 4 colon cancer with liver mets lives long after sucessful treatments.

Can someone with stage 4 colon cancer with liver mets lives long after sucessful treatments.

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

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Is it possible to cure stage IV colon cancer that has limited number of mets to lung and liver?

Is it possible to cure stage IV colon cancer that has limited number of mets to lung and liver?

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

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Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

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

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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.

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

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How helpful are radio active beads for stage 4 colon cancer and what number should the liver result be (is 2 ok)?

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

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Is it possible for stage 4 colon cancer patient that is spread to liver as well have no classic symptoms of colon cancer existance?

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

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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?

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?

Not good.: Chemotherapy regiments, including targeted therapy, have improved response rates, including regional chemotherapy into the hepatic artery via a pump or with microspheres, all of which may prolong survival and improve quality of life. ...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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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?

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

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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.

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

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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!

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

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How long you can live with stage 4 liver cancer?

How long you can live with stage 4 liver cancer?

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

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How long can a perdon live with stage 4 liver cancer?

How long can a perdon live with stage 4 liver cancer?

Depends: Depends on how the cancer is responding to treatment. Here is a review of liver cancer

http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/liver-cancer. ...Read more

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How long does someone with stage 4 liver cancer have to live?

How long does someone with stage 4 liver cancer have to live?

Depends: 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

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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?

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

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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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When cirrhosis gets to stage 4 does it turn into liver cancer? I'm confused..

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When cirrhosis gets to stage 4 does it turn into liver cancer? I'm confused..

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

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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 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.

Not exactly sure.: Stage IV liver cancer is, unfortunately, incurable. However, sometimes treatments can prolong a patient's life significantly. It is hard to answer your question without seeing your mom's scans. But, typically, life expectancy is measured in months to a few years. ...Read more

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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 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?

Time: No one can really say how much time a stage 4 cancer patient has left but please make sure hospice is involved. They can do so much to help provide comfort to your family and your mother. ...Read more

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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.

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

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How long can you survive stage 4 liver cancer?

How long can you survive stage 4 liver cancer?

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

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How to get diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer?

How to get diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer?

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

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What to expect when a person comes to the end of life with a stage 4 primary liver cancer?

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

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What treatments are available for stage 4 liver cancer?

What treatments are available for stage 4 liver cancer?

Considerations...: ...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),
Tumor ablation,
Tumor embolization,
Radiation therapy,
Targeted therapy,
Chemotherapy. Ref: https://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/liver-cancer/treatin ...Read more

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Husbnd has stg 4 cirrosis liver cncer, I know the cirrosis is stage 4 but confused about how severe (what stage) liver cancer is?

Hard to say: Typical staging of cirrhosis is by a, b, c and not numbers. There might be another scale that they are using. Liver cancer is associated with cirrhosis. Stages are 1-4.
I think that the best way to know is to clarify with the GI doctors to get a clear idea. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 58 yo male with stage 4 inoperable esophagus and liver cancer?

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

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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

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How many months does liver cancer from beginning to stage 4 takes?

How many months does liver cancer from beginning to stage 4 takes?

Variable: The rate of disease progression is unpredictable for any individual, and almost all diseases. To learn more about hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC - liver cancer), check the American Cancer Society website. There's lots of good information there. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

Bad situation: Small cell is a very bad cancer.
Stage four is very advanced.
Very poor prognosis at best-- usually months only. ...Read more

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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

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

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What is stage 4 liver cancer?

What is stage 4 liver cancer?

Metastasis: It means that the cancer has migrated to other organs or sites in the body. Systematic treatment (chemo) since surgical resection or transplant is no longer an option. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more