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What does metastatic liver cancer mean?

Sometimes cancer. Can spread to liver. Typically cancers that occur (primary site) in GI tract, such as colon, stomach, etc, spread to regional lymph nodes and then to liver. But cancers from other sites, such as breast, prostate, lung, skin, and really any organ, can spread to liver. If the cancer starts in the liver and spread to other organs, it can be metastatic liver cancer too. Read more...

Could you please explain metastatic liver cancer to me?

Could mean ... This could mean one of two things - metastatic to the liver means that cancer has spread from somewhere else (like colon) to the liver. Metastatic liver cancer means that the liver cancer has spread outside of the liver (usually to blood vessels, lung or bone). It is not a good thing. Read more...

Is it possible for a person to survive metastatic liver cancer?

Possible, not likely. Cancer metastatic to the liver or liver cancer metastatic to other sites usually heralds incurable disease. Occasionally a solitary metastatic lesion the liver may be resected and if the primary lesion has bee successfully treated, it may afford the possibility of a cure. Even less often, liver transplant along with removal of the primary lesion may offer cure. Read more...

My bf has diagnosis of metastatic liver cancer. How long does he have to live?

Depends. Liver cancer that has moved to other organs often has a short overall survival. That being said, there are exceptions. To find out more, ask your doctor how long between the time the liver cancer and the metastasis was diagnosed, how many metastatic sites are there, and how large are they. These pieces of information will help answer your question better. Sometimes isolated mets can be removed. Read more...
Usually short...but. Some lesions can be resected, ablated (burnt) or combinations of these modalities. These, coupled with chemotherapy, can be curative in selected patients in up to 40% of cases. Read more...

What are the treatments for metastatic liver cancer?

Chemotherapy. Primary liver cancer can spread to other parts of the liver, adrenal glands or lymph nodes. Any spread is a bad sign and is rarely curable. Some metastases can be removed surgically but they often recur. By injecting drugs into individual tumor blood vessels some metastases can be killed. New chemotherapies can slow the progression of the cancer for a few months but there is still no cure. Read more...
Surgery, chemo. Depending on what type of cancer you had that went to the liver there are different treatment options. Treatment also depends on tumor size and location. Tumors can be removed or destroyed with heat (ablation therapy). Some types of tumors are treated with chemotherapy. This could either be full body chemo or chemo delivered directly to the liver. Read more...

Looking for a doctor who specializes in small cell metastatic liver cancer. Can you recommend some in chicago? A friend has just been diagnosed as having inoperable liver/lung cancer. Doctors gave her 7 - 10 months to live. We want to continue the figh

Your . Your best bet would be a cancer program attached to one of the medical schools in chicago, such as northwestern or the university of chicago. Those facilities are used to managing difficult cases like this and have access to research protocols that may not be available elsewhere. It's hard to know, without more information, which specialists would be involved in your friend's case. For example, if there is active, progressive disease in both the liver and lung, and if both sites have been called inoperable, then it will probably be a medical oncologist. If the disease is stable in one site but progressive in the other, then organ-specific local therapy like radiation, radiofrequency ablation, chemoembolization, radioisotope embolization, and other options may exist. In such cases, the group of doctors might expand to include radiation oncologists, surgeons, and interventional radiologists, among others. Read more...
Dr. Ravi Salgia. I personally know dr. Ravi salgia at the university of chicago. He specializes in lung cancers including small cell lung cancer. The university of chicago and northwestern are both superb institutions. Best wishes, ariel. Read more...

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...
Unpredictable. Metastatic melanoma from the eye to the liver can be famously slow-growing and she may have many more good years. Read more...