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How long can you live with stage IV liver cancer without treatment?

How long can you live with stage IV liver cancer without treatment?

Consider treatment: In a recent study, patients with stage IV liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) were randomized to receive either a new drug (sorafenib) or a placebo (sugar pill). Patients taking the medication sorafenib lived about 11 months. Patients in the placebo group lived an average of 8 months. Every patient is different, but this is about what you could expect with no treatment. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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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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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What can I do if my mom has stage 4 liver cancer she's 72 years old. She start treatment next week. What is the survival rate?

What can I do if my mom has stage 4 liver cancer she's 72 years old. She start treatment next week. What is the survival rate?

Difficult to say: If this is liver cancer and not another cancer that has spread to the liver, it is not operable at this point which would be the only way to cure the disease. Liver transplants have been used in this case but again not in stage IV cancer. The survival rate will depend on how well the patient responds to the therapy. Some of the new drugs have improved survival significantly. ...Read more

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My 85 year old mom was told stage 4 liver cancer doing no treatment need to leave work. How long does she have I want to help with herand spend time?

My 85 year old mom was told stage 4 liver cancer doing no treatment need to leave work. How long does she have I want to help with herand spend time?

Varies but not long: How long some one lives with stage IV liver cancer (hepatocellular cancer and not metastatic from other primary site) depends on the aggressiveness of the cancer and how well she is functioning. Would suggest spending as much time sooner while you can mutually enjoy each other's company. Weeks to a few months. ...Read more

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My aunt was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer that spread to her spine about 6 months ago. Last month they stopped treatment and gave her hospice services. She also has copd, life expectancy?

My aunt was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer that spread to her spine about 6 months ago. Last month they stopped treatment and gave her hospice services. She also has copd, life expectancy?

Short: Liver cancers vary in aggressiveness and life expectancies depend on many factors. But survival is probably in range of weeks to few months if not sooner. ...Read more

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Is there a site that has herbal liver cancer treatment?

Is there a site that has herbal liver cancer treatment?

No evidence of: Effectiveness. I do not know if there is a site, however, there is no evidence that herbal treatment has any effect on liver caner. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of treatment for liver cancer?

What are the side effects of treatment for liver cancer?

Depends on Treatment: The side effects depend on the type of treatment, the medications used, the patient, diet, etc. It is best to discuss this with your treating doctor on what to expect and how to deal with it. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for liver cancer?

What is the treatment for liver cancer?

Depends: The best treatment for liver cancer is a liver transplant, but not all patients with liver cancer are transplant candidates. If the cancer is too large or spread outside the liver, chemotherapy like nexavarr can be used. Some liver tumors are also treated with freezing-cryoembolization or embolization where chemicals are directly injected into the hepatic artery. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for liver cancer?

What is the best treatment for liver cancer?

Surgery: Liver cancer usually results from chronic hepatitis. Certain countries have much higher incidences of liver cancer than others. The best treatment is surgery if the cancer is able to be operated on. Otherwise, there are several options that can be effective. These may include injection of drugs into the liver through the liver's blood supply (hepatic artery), or other medications. ...Read more

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Need expert advice! Where to get treatment for liver cancer?

Need expert advice! Where to get treatment for liver cancer?

Start: With your family doctor to get a referral to a medical oncology specialist. They can help determine best treatment choices and if surgery would be helpful. Depends on what type of cancer it is, if it is primary in liver or metastatic from another source, cirrhosis or not, etc. ...Read more

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Generally, how long can someone with stage III liver cancer live with no treatment?

Generally, how long can someone with stage III liver cancer live with no treatment?

Depends: End of life issues with advanced cancers can be daunting. Life expectancy is best estimated by the treating physicians who know the most about the cancer, how aggressive it is and the patient's health. As a support person, you can go with your loved one to appointments to clarify and learn about the cancer. Hospice care versus second opinions on the treatment may help you. Be well. ...Read more

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Are there treatment studies (clinical trials) available for patients with liver cancer?

Are there treatment studies (clinical trials) available for patients with liver cancer?

Yes: There are always studies being run for different kind of cancers. Your best bet is to investigate cancer centers, such as susan g. Komen, etc, to see if they are running studies. ...Read more

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Can a 8 month old baby be around someone who has had radiation treatment kemoradition for liver cancer?

Can a 8 month old baby be around someone who has had radiation treatment kemoradition for liver cancer?

Yes: Radiation therapy does not make a person radioactive. I think it would be very nice for a cancer patient to have the opportunity to be with this new member of your family or community. ...Read more

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What’s the best treatment for liver cancer? My aunt was diagnosed with liver cancer and i’m wondering what’s the first, best treatment? Her doctor says chemo, but we want her to get a second opinion.

What’s the best treatment for liver cancer? My aunt was diagnosed with liver cancer and i’m wondering what’s the first, best treatment? Her doctor says chemo, but we want her to get a second opinion.

It's: It's really difficult to answer this question without much more detailed information. There are many options for treating liver cancer, including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery (including liver transplant), but the most appropriate option in your aunt's case depends on a great many variables that are unknown to me.

Systemic chemotherapy is usually of pretty limited value if the cancer in question is hepatocellular carcinoma. On the other hand, it might be very effective for metastatic disease.

I see that you're in ann arbor, mi. I would suggest that you contact the liver tumor clinic at the university of michigan. They have a multidisciplinary team that will be able to provide whatever type of treatment is most appropriate. ...Read more

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Will alkaline water and foods help prolong the life of a liver cancer patient stage 4? What could be done to the patient without any further treatment

Will alkaline water and foods help prolong the life of a liver cancer patient stage 4? What could be done to the patient without any further treatment

No change: Alkaline water is no better different than bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) added to your water but it is expensive. I am sorry to hear about stage 4 liver cancer. Talk to your doctor about any research for patients with your type of cancer and if the nih is offering trials for nutrition in cancer. Talk with family members about goals and expectations in an open manner and expect more than one discussion. ...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?

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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My dad was just diagnosed with liver cancer. Several lesions two are 5cm by 3cm nothing a year ago. What are treatment options? Weak heart no chemo

My dad was just diagnosed with liver cancer. Several lesions two are 5cm by 3cm nothing a year ago. What are treatment options? Weak heart no chemo

Many options: Depending if primary or metastatic liver cancer. Assuming primary cancer: 1-partial hepatectomy; 2-liver transplant;3-cryoablation of tumor;4-radiofrequency ablation; 5-alcohol injection into tumor; 6-chemoembolization; 7-radiation therapy. Please discuss options with oncologist. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Liver cancer: 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? ANS: Please discuss with your Dr. We cannot give good advice without seeing you. ...Read more

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I recently was treated for HEP C and used Harvoni. I had developed liver cancer due to chemo reaction and the hep. After treatment I have muscle pain?

I recently was treated for HEP C and used Harvoni. I had developed liver cancer due to chemo reaction and the hep. After treatment I have muscle pain?

Ans: You must see your doctor. The use of harvani requires monitoring and you have other issues as well serious issues. Go see your doctor ...Read more

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My gran had her eye removed due to ocular melanoma 3 years ago. Now metastatic liver cancer, no treatment. No other info given. Life expectancy?

Ask her to ask dr.: Liver metastases from any cancer is not a good sign. However depending on many other factors will determine what her life expectancy is, especially knowing what her constitutional health is, her vitality. So, the best answer would be for her to ask her doctor, or see if she'll give you permission to do so (that must be documented in her chart.) also, make sure that her diet is good, and keep her spirit strong. ...Read more

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What are common prognoses for stage 4 liver cancer?

Prognosis is gaurded: See this web site from the american cancer society for guidance.

http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/livercancer/detailedguide/liver-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more

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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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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

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Are there any cures for stage 4 liver cancer?

Are there any cures for stage 4 liver cancer?

Disease management: You can manage the disease, but you cannot make it go away completely. ...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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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

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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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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

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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


Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Liver Cancer (Definition)

A primary cancer more common in those exposed to hepatitis B or hepatitis C or cirrhosis from other causes. It can also be a secondary cancer, spread from another site such as ...Read more