Help doctors! What're your chances of living if you get liver cancer surgery?

Depends on tumor. Nowadays you'll almost certainly leave the hospital alive after surgery. If it's a primary liver cancer and quite small and the surgeons are optimistic about getting it all, you chance of a cure nowadays is probably better than even. Even metastatic disease can be managed for some tumors over years or even decades. You have a right to know the odds from your physician, though, ; decide.

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What are the chances of living if you get liver cancer surgery?

Depends on type. Survival after surgery for liver cancer depends on the nature of the cancer, whether it is primary (cancer is from the liver), or secondary (cancer goes to the liver). It also depends on the underlying condition of the liver, does it have cirrhosis? It depends on the size and number of cancer lesions and whether other structures in the liver are affected. Lastly it depends on the type of surgery. Read more...

What are your chances of living after you get liver cancer surgery?

Depends. Your 5 year life expectancy would be based on: the type of cancer you have (primary or metastatic), size of the lesion, number of lesions, whether both lobes are involved, and whether you have enough functional liver tissue. In general, if your surgeon and oncologist feel that you have resectable disease then they have an expectation of at least a 20-30% five year survival. Read more...
Depends. It is hard to say as it will depend on the type of cancer you have, the staging and the biology of the cancer. You should discuss in detail with your oncology team. Read more...

Can surgery completely cure liver cancer? It’s stage 1 liver cancer, and the doctor says he should be able to get the whole tumor, no problem. Does that mean i’ll be cured?

The . The simple answer is that yes, stage 1 liver cancer can be cured by surgery. It's impossible to be more specific in your particular case, though, since the likelihood of cure depends on the size and location of the tumor. The fact that your surgeons believes he can "get the whole tumor" is a very good sign. Some people develop liver cancer because of underlying liver disease (hepatitis, alcohol abuse, hemochromatosis, and others), and these people are at risk for new cancers even if the first one is completely removed. If you have these risk factors, the best way to reduce your likelihood of new cancers is to stop using alcohol and take antiviral medications as prescribed to keep your viral load under control. Read more...
Yes/ No. It is possible for very early cancers to be cured by surgery but there are many factors which are important. If this is hepatocellular carcinoma, there is a risk of local and distant recurrence even in early cancers. Most of the numbers and percentages we discuss are based on previous studies and probability, but your tumor is specific to you. It will be important to discuss this with your doc. Read more...

How long does one 5cm large liver cancer tumor grow to spread? Doctor suggested surgery but dad wants to know how long can he wait before surgery?

Well... the smaller the tumor the better the chances at a cure... the sooner the better. Read more...
Don't wait. Length of time depends on the proximity of the cancer to structures that would allow it to spread. Your oncologist and surgeon can give an estimate, but it is not usually beneficial to wait with a cancer. . Read more...

Colorectal cancer surgery and colostomy? Why does the doctor have to do a colostomy as part of colorectal cancer surgery? What is it exactly (a hole in my abdomen?) and how long will I have it?

Some . Some ostomies are for ever and other temporary. For low rectal cancer a temporary may be use to proted the new conection alowed to be healthy.If the cancer is to low involving the muscle to control the stool a penmanented ostomy is need. Yes a stoma is a open in you abdomen that alowwed a small portion of teh bowel to come out and it is cover by a ostomy bag. Read more...
Not . Not all colorectal cancer surgeries requires a colostomy. A colostomy is more often needed during an emergency operation (when there is no time to clean the bowel properly before the operation), like perforation or obstruction of the bowel caused by the tumor, that can create contamination and infections inside the abdomen. In those conditions putting the bowel together could be very risky and lead to failure of the operation, and doing a colostomy would help to control the contamination and prevent further infection. Commonly, after four to six weeks it is then safe to put the bowel together. On the other hand, if a colorectal cancer is detected in an early stage and no emergency situations are present, the bowel can be prepared properly and put together with less chances of having a complication. However, even in ideal conditions, some times the surgeon can find situations during the surgery which are concerning for possible complications (like poor blood supply to the bowel) and a temporary colostomy is performed to protect the bowel connection and let it heal safely without the passage of stool. Finally, some colostomies are permanent, depending on the location, the size, or the extension of the tumor to other organs. Read more...