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.
Not great. Chemotherapy can certainly slow down the progress of colon cancer spread to the liver, but the disease ultimately progresses. From what you said it sounds like the tumors are on both sides of the liver which rules out partialiver resection. Another palliative measure might be heat treatments to any of the tumors that get very painfull.
Depends on response . With a number of the new protocols the results have been encouraging for increasing lefe span.

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Is liver resection possible for brother w/stage 4 colon cancer mest to liver w/lots of tumor.

Probab ly not. If there are widespread metastases, it is better to treat with systemic and/or regional chemotherapy. Should there be an extraordinry response, maybe a liver s resedtion can be considered. Read more...
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...
Unlikely. Resection is considered if there is less than 3 lesions in one lobe of liver, without lymph node metastases. If there are lots of tumor in the liver, it is not possible to resect lesions without leaving tumor behind, and therefore would be futile. Chemotherapy would be a consideration, depending on extend of metastases. Read more...
Depends. It depends on the location of the tumors. Resection, ablation, liver directed chemotherapy such as hepatic artery infusion pumps and tace may be options. Consultation with a hepatobiliray surgeon should be done. Read more...
Maybe. Whether liver metastases can be removed can best be determined by having an experienced liver surgeon review the imaging studies. The number of tumors is no longer considered critical; the question is whether there is a way to remove all the tumors while preserving an adequate part of the liver. In some cases tumors that start out unresectable can be converted to resectable with chemotherapy. Read more...
Maybe. It certainly depends on the extent of disease and whether it involves both right and left lobes. There are other options if surgery is deemed not possible such as chemo embolization or y90 treatment. Read more...

My dad has stage IV colon cancer with advanced liver mets. Inoperable, non curative, on chemo &now coughing a little blood. Is the cancer advancing?

Cancer advancing? Hi ~ are you kidding me? You said Stage IV, advanced liver mets,, inoperative, non-curative, on chemo and coughing blood and you ask if its advancing? This is not a picture of improvement with good prognosis. More appropriately you appear to be in a state of denial and I suggest you see a psychologist because you should be psychologically preparing for him passing soon! thanks. Read more...
Yes. Sounds like lung mets Be sure to inform his oncologist and get a Chest X-ray. Read more...

Oncologist recommended chemo pills & IV at same time for stage 4 colon cancer for 63 yr old female. Pros/cons?

Xelox. Oral Capecitabine plus oxaliplatin (xelox) is an alternative to continuous infusion 5fu (fluorouracil) plus leucovorin and oxaliplatin (folfox). It substitutes the 48 hr infusion of 5fu (fluorouracil) for 14 days of Capecitabine pills. You still need to get oxaliplatin IV and it is significantly more expensive. Both have pros and cons that your oncologist can discuss with you. Read more...
Every medication. Or treatment has benefits and risks. Your oncologist has recommended this course of treatment based upon his extensive knowledge, education, and experience, and determined that this is the best course alternative. It is not a simple decision to recommend a course of treatment of a malignancy. If you have any doubts, you can always get a second opinion, but it sounds right to me. Read more...

Had surgery for colon cancer no chemo, after 4 months CT scan showed spot on liver. Could it be cancer?

Possible. Depending on what stage your colon cancer was originally the risk of developing disease in the liver or elsewhere is variable. Colon cancer, when it spreads through the blood, does commonly go to the liver, however if only a small area and a single or small couple of lesions it can still be cured. Additional tests may help to further characterize this to help u decide if u need to treat it ornot. Read more...
Possible. You seem too young to have had colon cancer, unless you have a genetic predisposition. If you did have surgery for colon cancer, a spot on the liver has be considered cancer, unless it can be proven otherwise with a biopsy. Read more...