How can chemotherapy affect metastatic cancer of the liver?

Cancer in the Liver. Cancer that has spread (metastasis) to the liver is still considered the same cancer as the original one. Primary cancers of the lung, breast, colon and rectum can certainly spread to the liver. Chemotherapy can be effective in treating metastases to the liver but other kinds of treatments (surgery, internal radiation, radiofrequency ablation, embolization with chemotherapy) are also available.

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Chemotherapy embolization helpful for advanced liver metastatic cancer after getting high enzymes and fatigue from normal chemo? Patient is 65 yrs old

Chemotherapy. Embolization therapy may help delivers lower dosage directly to tumor. Is a bit invasive but helpful. Read more...
Apparently, yes. This procedre involves chemotherapy given through the main blood vessel of the tumor and then putting an embolizsation agent in the vessel to block it. This allows for the highest possible concentration to be in contact with the tumor for a longer time period. It can be painful, and you need to be immobile for up to 6 hours afterward. But it is used most often for liver cancer. Best of luck. Read more...

How to reduce jaundice, birlubin enzme is 3.1. Cause is liver metastatic cancer. Chemotherapy is not possible as well as chemoembolization! Any help?

Consider Radiation . Radiation therapy to the liver may be helpful to reduce symptoms related to liver metastases. Treatment is very minimal compared to other organs treated for metastatic disease and is usually well tolerated. Read more...
Some ideas. Treat the person, not the number. Ask your physician about a bile-binding resin that would prevent it from being reabsorbed from the gut, and about grapefruit juice which has some popular following among those troubled by cholestatic jaundice. The suffer has my sympathy, and the palliative care folks may know other options. Thank you for writing. Read more...
May be Biliary tube. If bilirubin is elevated due to intrahepatic bile duct obstruction(blockage of flow of bile in the liver) then one of the options is percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram & biliary drain placement, small tube passed through your bile ducts in your liver and into your bowel. This will relieve blockage and the tube will have to be replaced every 6weeks.This is done by interventional radiologist. Read more...
Biliary drainage. While aggressive, it is feasible to do either an internal drainage with ERCP or external drainage. This often allows for reduction of the bilirubin which then opens the door for future treatments. Read more...

How long can you live with metastatic cancer of the bowels in the liver?

It depends... Hard to answer in this setting. Treatments are improving. For colon cancer metastatic (spread) to liver options include: a) surgery or other "local" liver treatments (rfa, cryotherapy, etc) if confined b) chemotherapy for systemic (non-local) treatment c) palliative / symptom control without active therapy colon cancer with only one or few (oligo) metastatic disease to the liver can even be cured. Read more...
It depends. Isolated colorectal metastases to the liver can sometimes be surgically removed. If this is the case, around 40% of patients can live beyond 5 years. While historical figures have the average patient living 12 months, realize that this was with older drugs... There have been a lot of recent improvements so talk to your medical oncologist for more information! Read more...

How long the patient of liver metastatic cancer can live with the tramal pain killer?

Liver Mets. Prognosis depends on the type of primary cancer, it's spread, your state of health, immune status, and state of nutrition, among many other variables. Your oncologist is in a better position to advise you on this. Tramadol is supposed to be a non-addicting, moderate pain killer and is effective, indefinitely, for moderate pain. Read more...

What is someone's life expectancy once metastatic cancer is detected in liver with cirrhosis?

Fair. If a known primary has been detected along with liver mets and has been removed the results of treating the liver lesion are fair. If the met is solitary it can be resected. If multiple then microwave ablation has been employed. Following this systemic chemotherapy followed by chemoembolization has been employed. This all depends on degree of cirrhosis. Read more...

How can we reduce jaundice, high burlibun enzyme? Cause is liver metastatic cancer... Any medications!

Jaundice. Sounds like the cause is not treatable unless obstruction can be relieved. See your oncologist first and possibly a GI for an ERCP evaluation. Read more...

I wanna know how long the patiend of advanced colon metastatic cancer (which spread to the liver and lungs) will live?

Unpredictable . One time such spread average survival of 6 6 months is no longer true, thanks to advanced surgical techniques, with resections, with chemotherapy and radiation surviving 3 or more years, depending on y the response. Read more...
See below. Metastatic colon cancer is sensitive to chemotherapy, but life expectancy is related to the patients other medical co-morbid conditions and ability to tolerate multiple cycles of chemotherapy; average survival is around 2 years. Read more...