Liver Cancer Prognosis

Recent cases on headline news about liver metastasis such as Tony Snow’s recent diagnosis derived from his primary colon cancer, underscores the fact that liver metastasis is a major threat to cancer survivors. Although cancer rarely begins in the liver, it is often one of the first places where cancer comes back, through metastasis, in cancer survivors. This is primarily due to the liver serving as a primary organ with a very rich blood supply along with a unique microstructure that allows cancer cells to easily enter and hold on once arriving.

“In fact, about 80% of cancers in the liver derive from primary tumors at other sites within the body,” said Dr. Sujuan Ba, the Chief Science Officer at the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR). Metastatic liver cancers mainly come from primary tumors in the colon, rectum, stomach, pancreas, ovary, breast and lung. When a liver cancer is the result of spreading from colon cancer, the prognosis is usually not optimistic: 5-year survival rates may plummet to as low as 10%.

Treatment of liver metastasis varies depending on the site of the original cancer, the extent of cancer spread to the liver and many other factors. If the metastatic cancer is restricted to one or a few discrete areas within the liver, surgical removal may provide a cure. In other cases, chemotherapy is often used and may produce a therapeutic response in 20% of liver cancer patients. In most cases however, the disease is currently not curable.

Researchers at NFCR believe that with the advancement of technology and ever-growing knowledge about this disease, major improvements in the treatment of colon and metastatic liver cancer are within reach.

NFCR is currently supporting multiple research projects that are aimed at providing hope against liver metastasis by targeting both the primary cancers and their metastasis. NFCR scientists I. Bernard Weinstein, M.D., at Columbia University, Rakesh Jain, Ph.D., at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Wei Zhang, Ph.D., at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, are exploring alternative routes to tackling primary colorectal cancer cells more effectively. This reduces the cancer cells chances of spreading to the liver and other vital organs. Their research has led to the identification of novel molecular targets, new biomarkers and more potent therapies for the treatment of primary colorectal cancer.

It is much more difficult to treat cancer after metastasis occurs. The good news is scientists at NFCR Center for Metastasis Research may have found some clues against the stealthy spread of cancer. Led by Center Director Danny Welch, Ph.D., researchers at this NFCR Center have discovered several “metastasis suppressors” that prevent cancer cells from growing in the distant sites of the body after they arrive. Metastasis suppressors have been shown to inhibit the spread of breast, prostate, ovarian cancers and melanoma (skin cancer).

About the National Foundation for Cancer Research

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Prognosis for early stage secondary liver cancer?
    My aunt has recently been diagnosed as having bowel cancer. They found a 2 inch tumor in the large intestine. A CT scan has since shown the cancer has just begun to spread to the liver. The liver has some spots on one side of it. The dr’s are going to treat it with chemotherapy. Does anyone know prognosis statistics for this type of cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to tell you, but an “early stage secondary liver cancer” is an oxymoron and not correct. Your aunt does not have liver cancer at all she has a stage 4 colon cancer. The 5 year survival rate is about 5%.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is a realistic prognosis for stage 3 primary liver cancer?
    My brother, age 50, has advanced hepatitis C and liver cirrhosis. He has now been diagnosed with stage 3 primary liver cancer. Surgery is not an option. His abdominal cavity continues to fill with fluid which is removed about twice a week. What is a realistic life expectancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry but it doesn’t really matter if the cancer metastasizes to a distant site nor will diet or exercise make a difference. When he feels like eating he should eat whatever he wants. Although treatment may prolong life in an individual patient it does not increase the median survival. What really matters is if there is vein involvement, he will last longer if there is not. A realistic range is about 3-7 months. At this point what is important is keeping him comfortable. You may want to talk to his doctor about hospice. Their main focus is supportive care to give him the best quality of life, pain management and to assist him and the family through this process. Best wishes to you both.

  3. QUESTION:
    what is the prognosis for metastasized liver cancer. Brother has liver cancer which metastasized to liver?
    he has been through chemotheropy, radiation and now is beginning an experimental drug. I believe is the last result although he didn’t come out and say it. I saw him today for the first time a few months and he looked horrible. I was so shocked I had to leave the room and get myself together in order to face him. Anyone know anything about this condition
    the cancer began in the bladder than metastasized to the liver

    • ANSWER:
      What your brother has is a stage 4 bladder cancer which doesn’t happen very often. Squamous cell and adenocarcinoma have the poorest prognosis. However, at this point his prognosis is very poor regardless of the histology. Probably 7-9 months. Hopefully the clinical trial he is on will buy him more time. I am very sorry.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for Stage IV liver cancer in a very small child?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry but stage 4 liver cancer is terminal.
      Hepatoblastoma us a rare cancer and does have very high survival rates, but this is only in the case of successful surgical resection or transplant, which would not be a stage 4 disease. Even if the baby has hepatoblastoma it is still terminal.

  5. QUESTION:
    Prognosis of Liver Cancer….?
    My Father has bowel cancer which has gone into both lobes of his liver.He was diagnosed last week and is waiting for his 1st lot of chemo,which should begin in 2 weeks.He is 77 and has mild diabetes.He has lost nearly 2 stone in a month.What is the prognosis for him ( be honest,I just need to hear truths at this stage).He has lost all appetite and just drinks water.He sleeps all the time.I know each person is different,I would like some ideas please : )

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I’m not sure but it sounds like he doesn’t have long. My mother lived for about a week at this stage, not to scare you. I’m sorry. She passed away on July 12th and everything spread quickly and basically when it spread to the liver she had no chance whatsoever because it’s a vital organ. They can still hear until the very end even if they’re in a coma, so please don’t hate me for saying this- but make sure you tell him everything you want to tell him ASAP. When he stops drinking altogether and you can only wet his mouth with sponges expect it to be one to three days.

      Wait- I just reread your question…can he get out of bed and go to the bathroom? That would make a difference. But I’d say his prognosis either way isn’t good. My mother started sleeping all the time and stopped eating and then within a couple of weeks she was bedridden and two weeks later she died. I’m no doctor, but it sounds like chemo won’t happen. If it does, you can only wait and see.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for stage 4 liver cancer? more details…?
    He had pancreatic cancer first and after getting it removed the doc said his cancer cell count(i guess that’s what it’s called) was 6000 and they never saw anyone live past 1200. How long do you think a 72 year old man could live with this type of cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      He still has pancreatic cancer, not liver cancer and the median survival is 2-6 months.
      If what you mean by “count” is his CA 19-9 this is an indication he will probably survive 6-12 weeks. I’m sorry.

  7. QUESTION:
    my mum in her eighties has primary liver cancer. what is the prognosis, how much time does she have to live?
    the diagnosis is cholangiocarcinoma and doctors says it has spread all over liver and blocked her bile duct. they put in a stent to drain bile but said no other treatment is possible. she has lost much weight but feels no pain. just yellowing skin and lost of appetite. becoz the docs said no other treatment she thinks that she has been cured but we need to know what to expect in order to plan caring for her. can anyone tell us?

    • ANSWER:
      Life and Death only The God Almighty can predict.
      I have cured a few patients whom our Conventional Doctors had diagnosed as Uncurable please read the following carefully :-

      Homeopathic treatment for Liver Cancer / Hepatitis C-B and Liver Cirrhosis :-

      1.SULFUR 30C
      2.BRYONIA 30C
      3.CARDUUS MARIANUS in Q (Mother Tincture)
      4.CHELIDONIUM MAJUS in Q (Mother Tincture)
      5.LYCOPODIUM 1M(1000)

      Take remedy 1 and 2 thrice a day half hour before meals followed by 20 drops each of 3 and 4 half hour after meals together in a half a cup of hot water and take 5 after a week of taking the above regularly just one dose a week. Avoid Chocolates, Coffee, Mints and Red Meat while taking Homeopathic Medicines and avoid all foodstuffs, which gives you constipation at all costs.
      If there is any ambiguity about the dosage or the potency of the medicine please ask me before doing anything.
      And keep me posted about your progress at least every three days.
      It would be better if you send me the details of the patient exactly the way he or she feels not the doctors Diagnosis let the patient describe their own feeling exactly the way they are feeling the above will clear all in any case but it would be lots better if you send complete details.

      Take Care and God Bless you!

  8. QUESTION:
    Prognosis for liver cancer?
    Got the news today we had all been dreading- my ex’s mum has bowel cancer that has spread to her liver. I think I suspected it all along,but did not want to believe it.
    Can someone tell me what her chances are? I have read the treatment offered just extends your life,and does not cure it. She is being referred to chemo I think.
    Have the hard job of telling my kids that their other gran has cancer.

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  9. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for metastatic liver cancer in the elderly?
    My father was recently diagnosed with liver cancer, he’s 88. He has multiple lesions on his liver. It is the secondary site – he had a bout of bladder cancer which (we thought) was being successfully managed. He’s been in great shape, good health and very active his entire life. He is not your typical frail elderly person in their 80s. Its hard to see someone who was formerly energetic and vibrant slipping away. They have done ultrasound and CT scan and needle biopsy is next. We are being told by oncologist that treatment options are limited or that he “may not be a good candidate for chemo”, presumably because of his age and I guess b/c of the advanced stage the cancer may be at. Does anyone have any similar experiences? The Internal Medicine Resident who first saw him said “3 months” but she’s not an oncologist so not sure how much weight to put in that. I’ve heard liver cancer has a bad prognosis and is very quick/aggressive. Would be interested to hear about anyone having similar experiences. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver cancer usually does have a poor prognosis, but I’m not so sure that is what he has. If it is a secondary site than it is not liver cancer. Are you saying it’s metastatic bladder cancer? Are they doing a biopsy of the liver? Maybe they are not sure what the primary site is.

  10. QUESTION:
    liver cancer?
    my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer on jan 2006 and she is clear so far but has mastisis to her liver, whats the prognosis

    • ANSWER:
      I’m no doctor either, and I just went thru this with my dad. Doesn’t sound good. (Metastatic-not mastitis) Metastatic tumors are cancer cells that have spread beyond the original cancer site, (ie from the lung to the liver). I just lost my father just over a year ago from the exact same thing. He had lung cancer which spread to his liver as well. Metastases generally indicates the cancer is in the process of spreading to other areas. Talk to her doctor and get him to explain exactly what’s going on. Sorry to hear about this. Good luck to you, your mom & the rest of the family and God bless

  11. QUESTION:
    what is klebsiella and the prognosis in cancer patients with liver problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Klebsiella is a bacteria, often involved in pneumonia, its resistant to some antibiotics but not all of them. I imagine the treatment will involve antibiotics unless the liver problems prevent it.

      I’m sorry, but there really isn’t enough information in your question for anybody on YA to give you much of an answer. You’d have to provide all sort if details. What kind of cancer, what stage, what liver problems, how is Klebsiella involved? That’s just a start, if you answer those things you might get a reasonable answer, though its unlikely.

      The medical professionals involved have the best answers and if they can’t tell then its probably uncertain. There are no guarantees. I wish I had something more positive to say, I’ve been where you are now and it’s not nice.

  12. QUESTION:
    What’s the prognosis for prostate cancer that has spread to the liver?
    68 year old man in otherwise good health, midway through chemo intended to deal with this issue, cancer has metastasized.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not good if it has spread to the liver.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis of stage 4 ovarian cancer that spreads to colon, liver and spleen? What is average time?

    • ANSWER:
      From http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/255771-overview
      The 5-year survival rates for ovarian carcinoma are as follows:
      * Stage I – 73%
      * Stage II – 45%
      * Stage III – 21%
      * Stage IV – Less than 5%
      From this 1990 study http://www.springerlink.com/content/q071u3837210328q/ – the estimated median survival times for stage III and IV ovarian carcinoma patients was ~ 20 months.

      A word of caution – median survivals do not help tell us much about any one individual. Some do much better than 20 months, and some do not live as long. There is a wide variation in lengths of survivals.

      There are many factors that would affect an estimation of prognosis – factors that the oncologist following this case knows and we do not. How old is she? What is her overall health status? What therapy has been tried? Is she refractory to front line chemotherapy? What is her overall health and performance status? What is the estimated bulk of her malignant disease? Has the cancer been optimally debulked surgically? Is she a candidate for aggressive surgery?

      Every person is unique. We cannot predict expected times of death months ahead of time. Family members often push for a guess, and we usually wind up being wrong when we try to make long term predictions. The end is easy to see only when it is near – in the last few weeks or days.

  14. QUESTION:
    Prognosis for dog with secondary liver cancer?
    My dog Bobby had a Splenectomy approx 8 months ago., and they found that the growth on his spleen was cancerous and had spread to his liver.

    He bounced back exceedingly quickly, and is full of beans! Which is certainly a real blessing, that’s for sure. Bobby’s nearly 10 yrs old.

    However, there’s a niggle in the back of my mind that I don’t know what to expect. Will he suddenly deterioate etc. The vet’s opinion is ‘how long is a piece of string’

    Would be really grateful to hear from fellow dog owners about their experiences with such matters. Nothing beats shared knowledge & experience.

    • ANSWER:
      I lost my heart dog to liver cancer 1 1/2 years ago. All I can tell you is that this dog didn’t show any signs of illness, no signs of being in pain, ate and drank like normal, loved his walks and played every day (he was well over 11), until only a few days before he had to be put down.

      He’d vomited twice, hours after he ate, and the day I took him to the vet he refused to eat breakfast at all. The vet x-rayed him, and basically I took him home only to say good-bye; he went back the next day. I don’t know your dog or how he’ll react, but my dog showed me yet again just how stoic greyhounds are.

      I’m very sorry for what you’re going through with your dog; I believe when the time comes that you have to let him go, you’ll know without a doubt.

  15. QUESTION:
    whats prognosis secondary cancer bones lungs and liver?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the type of the primary malignancy. For instance small cell lung cancers grow more rapidly than non-small cell lung cancers. Melanomas, breast cancers, renal cancers, and many others have variable prognoses when metastatic to multiple site such as lungs, bones, and liver.

      With liver mets you are often looking at less than six months – BUT – predictions are averages with a large variation from person to person and varying with many other factors: type of malignancy, whether the person has a cancer that is responsive to systemic treatment such as chemotherapy or hormonal therapy, the general health and age of the person, the tumor burden – meaning how large the metastatic lesions are in the vital organs (lungs & liver), plus other co-morbid conditions, etc.

      Doctors can never predict one person’s survival time months in advance with perfect accuracy. People often say things like “My doctor gave me X number of months, and I’m still here.” Doctors do not “give” the amount of time. When we are pushed to make guesses, they are averages. If a doctor says six months, it may be three months or a year. There is no way to predict the future. Unexpected things come up such as infections (pneumonia especially), bleeding episodes, blood clots, strokes, and others.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I self-diagnose myself with liver cancer?
    So anyway I’m 90% sure that I have very large tumors in my liver and bile ducts. I currently lack medical insurance and only have to my name. How can I diagnose my cancer at home and achieve a reasonably accurate prognosis? My sister used to be veterinary technician, so I have somebody with some medical training. Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      No one can self diagnose. We can think something is wrong but you need a Dr for that. A CT scan of your liver. Do you think you’re the only one who has no money? A lot of hospitals offer free care. If you qualify, you should have not problems. If you indeed have liver cancer and do nothing about it, then you won’t be around to tell about it. A veterinarian cannot treat humans. Granted, animals have the same organs we do but they are different and have diseases that humans don’t. So call your local hospital and tell them your situation. They can’t deny you by law. Get it looked at because self diagnosing is out of the question. I hope you’re wrong about the tumor. Be well

  17. QUESTION:
    cancer from lung to liver?
    whats the prognosis of liver cancer just wondering my mom had lung cancer and now theres a spot on her liver

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, some types of cancer travel from organ to organ. Sometimes even into the brain.

      Good luck to her and you. Pops

  18. QUESTION:
    Secondary cancer of the liver?
    Someone very close to me has secondary liver cancer (it has spread from the breast) She also has tiny amount of secondaries on the lung. She found all this out in january but i’m unsure how long this may have been there for. She responded well to treatment until now. Now it’s been downhill. She’s unable to walk far or eat much, constant pain, los loads of weight. Basically is beginning to look ill for the first time. She starts a new treatment on thursday which may or may not work. I’m wondering if anyone can tell me, as it’s not the kind of thing you ask, how long she may have left taking all this into account. I know there is a really bad prognosis for liver cancer and I know once cancer has spread it’s incurable. I guess i’m wondering how long might be left as we’re approaching christmas and i’m aware it could be the last. I want honest answers and don’t know where to get them from. I’d appreciate some advice. Thanks.
    I know alot about secondary cancer/metastatic/advanced breast cancer etc (not curable, breast cancer cells in liver not liver cancer ones if that makes sense!) but still feel like I know nothing!

    • ANSWER:
      There isn’t any way to look into the crystal ball and give you a good answer, which is why you don’t find one. The only person who would know exactly how advanced things are would be her doctor, and even he/she can’t give you a good idea. The fact is, she has advanced cancer which has spread to the lungs and liver, and probably other spots they haven’t detected yet. Treatment at the end mostly centers on buying time and controlling pain. If she was diagnosed in January, she’s pretty much coming in on the end- which could be anywhere from next week to another six months or more. However, it is a good bet that this will be her last Christmas, yes- barring a miracle. However, it’s a lot better for you and everyone else, not to mention her, if you don’t exactly start the mourning process just yet. You want to avoid every gathering being a prep for the funeral, with false hilarity and stress on how this is “the last”. Let everyone have happy memories, but not strained happy memories. After all, it could be anyone’s last Christmas. She just has had a little more advanced notice than the rest. You can always hope the new treatment buys her some more time, and that hopefully that time is pleasant for her. All you have to do is work to make your end that way, without focusing on the timing of the end.

  19. QUESTION:
    what is the prognosis for lung cancer spread to the liver, growing after 2 chemo treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Lung cancer with liver mets has a 5 yr survival rate of less than 1%, To be honest, this is when the cancer pt has to decide whether to enjoy the time they have left or to pursue treatment which usually does not have a favorable outcome.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer which has spred to the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a physician, but my husband is, and I know what he would say: please talk to your physician about this – your surgeon, your oncologist, your family physician, or all of the above. It’s a very complicated question that can’t be answered by just giving basic information like you have. There are several variables involved that can make the prognosis better or worse.

      I truly hope this question is not in reference to yourself. Stay well.

  21. QUESTION:
    What can I expect regarding stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver?
    My friend went to the hospital due to jaundice/liver failure. We thought she had hepatitis but it turns out it was breast cancer. I know her prognosis isn’t good, and that there’s no cure for her situation, but is there a reasonable chance she may overcome the immediate liver failure crisis and live in better health than her current bedridden state for a little while? Or is she going to be terribly ill from now on?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry to hear that, and it sounds bad. A HUGE part of it depends on how long she wants to live. If she doesn’t want to fight, she won’t last long, but she could over come it, not easily, but it’s possible. Find a support book about cancer if you’ve never had to deal with cancer, and attempt to relate. I had to learn the hard way. My mom is healed now but she was diagnosed with Colon cancer, and I – her son was/am her primary care taker. If she decides to fight back you need to make sure that you are with her, and that you also show a great appreciation to the care taker, because it is one of the hardest jobs, and most thankless jobs on the face of the planet.

  22. QUESTION:
    Cancer prognosis?
    My mum recently passed away due to primary liver cancer. Unfortunately, i wasn’t at the hospital when they told her that she had liver cancer, she died within 2 months of being told. When I asked my sister if the doctor told my mum how long she had left, my sister said that the doctor didn’t, she said my mum asked but the doctor wouldn’t say, i think my sister is lying, surely if my mum wanted to know how long she had left, the doctor would have given her an estimate? What if she wanted to sort out financial affairs, funeral etc? What do people think? Has anyone had a similar experience? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      so sorrry for your loss… i too lost my dad recently to lung cancer after just 3 months of diagnosis….
      i am tempted to think that maybe your mum asked the doctor and he would have probably given her his best estimate, but maybe when your sister asked your mum…..maybe your mum wanted to save your sister and yourself from knowing the terrible prognosis…….parents always want to protect their children!
      I hope you find peace with this soon xx

  23. QUESTION:
    Liver Cancer. How long does she have left ?
    Mum was diagnosed with secondary liver cancer on friday. All we have been told is that they cannot do anything for her except prolong her life with chemo or radiotherapy and that it is terminal. This will kill her in the end. The initial tumour was a hormone related breast tumour that was removed via a mastectomy five years ago. Does anyone know what the prognosis is likely to be? It sounds like it is advanced but until later in the week I cannot find out what stage she is at.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic treatment for Liver Cancer :-
      1.SULFUR 30
      2.BRYONIA 30
      3.CARDUUS MARIANUS in Q (Mother Tincture)
      4.CHELIDONIUM MAJUS in Q (Mother Tincture)
      5.LYCOPODIUM 1M(1000)
      Take remedy 1 and 2 thrice a day half hour before meals followed by 20 drops each of 3 and 4 half hour after meals together in a half a cup of hot water and take 5 after a week of taking the above regularly just one dose a week. Avoid Chocolates, Coffee, Mints and Red Meat while taking Homeopathic Medicines and avoid all foodstuffs, which gives you constipation at all costs.
      If there is any ambiguity about the dosage or the potency of the medicine please ask me before doing anything.
      And keep me posted about your progress at least every three days.
      It would be better if you send me the details of the patient exactly the way he or she feels not the doctors diagnosis let the patient describe their own feeling exactly the way they are feeling, for an appropriate Homeopathic prescription
      Take Care and God Bless you!

  24. QUESTION:
    Once cancer starts spreading (from pancreous to liver in this case) is there more possibility of death?
    My friend is 37 and been diagnosed with cancer, they have told him the prognosis is not good because its spread from pancreous to liver. He starts chemo next week, do you think maybe I should start preparing myself for the worst?

    • ANSWER:
      Those are 2 dangerous organs to cancer in. It’s bad enough when it’s in one, but both. Boy, I never, ever give a prognosis and I won’t start now, but I’m just going to say to hope and pray for the best. Miracles happen and I am a firm believer in miracles. Perhaps the chemo will slow it down as well. Is this cancer just starting? If it is, then chemo should do a good job, but because you said it spread to the liver, it sounds like he’s had it for a while and didn’t know. He had to experience some pain before he was diagnosed. I wish I could give you a good solid answer and tell you all will be great, but I can’t. What you should do is be there for him. He’s going to need you a lot when he starts chemo. Chemo alone is tough on anyone. He will be weak from it. He won’t want to do much of anything because chemo really compromises his immune system. He’s going to have to be careful who comes to see him. No sick person should be near him and he will need you to see to all those things. Never be afraid to be yourself around him. Laugh with him, cry with him. Just always be the person he knows and loves. You will both be in my prayers God bless you every single day.
      ADD Mike S, Get off your high horse and stop being so darn negative.

  25. QUESTION:
    My Father has advanced cancer in his bowel and liver,he hasn’t started chemo yet.He is 77.?
    My Father was recently diagnosed with advanced bowel and liver cancer.He is 77.He hasn’t started chemo yet and he won’t eat anything at all…just a few glasses of fruit juice or lemon tea a day.Be frank.What is the likely prognosis as he obviously won’t be able to start chemo as he isn’t strong enough.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m having a difficult time understanding what is going on here as most patient’s appetites returns after surgery and they make sure he will tolerate a normal diet before he leaves the hospital. Stage 4 colon cancer has a poor prognosis regardless of treatment. It has a 5 year survival rate of 5%. If he did not have surgery chemo will make little difference and is done to decrease symptoms it would not likely increase survival. His doctor is the best person to ask this question as they have all the information needed to give you the best answer. However, from my experience, which is nowhere near the same as a doctor, and from little information you give it would be 9 months to a year at most.

  26. QUESTION:
    my nine year old dog was recently diagnosed with liver problems, she has been peeing herself all day. Why?
    Is this another sympton, or does this mean that her kidneys are also affected? She has been in and out all day, but when she lays down to rest, she wets. also when moveing round she dribbles behind her. Also what is the prognosis of liver disease/cancer/failiure?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver problems by themselves do not cause this and l would get another opinion as obviously she is in renal failure which has spread to her liver and perhaps elsewhere.This a serious issue so do not wait but find a really good competent vet explain what is happening and he may do some tests or x-rays to determine whether is is a serious condition which can be treated.Unfortunately once the live stops functioning there is not medication in the World other then a transplant that can help your pet.So sorry.In the meantime look up or google to read what function the liver actually does plus the kidneys and you will understand what is happening

  27. QUESTION:
    Lung cancer – prognosis?
    I’ve recently found out that a close relative has lung cancer – and found out today that it has spread to her spine and liver. It’s small cell lung cancer, and inoperable, so she’s having radiotherapy and chemotherapy. She was really positive when I saw her today, but i’m not sure whether that was just an act – anyone know what the chances are of her being cured/what the prognosis might be?

    • ANSWER:
      Pray for your relative, because she needs it. Honestly the prognosis is not very good. But remember that the prognosis (statistics) are based on other people with the same condition, their survival rates and time lengths…There is nobody but God who can decide when it’s someones turn to go. I am an aggressive cervical cancer survivor at 27. My Grandma died in her 30′s, before I could even have a chance to meet her, and she died from a small cell lung cancer (oat cell) which had also spread throughout her body. Of course this was 30 years ago and the treatments were not like they are now. My dad remembers her going into the hospital for a week of chemo, then coming out and just when she would feel good again it was time for chemo again. I just went thru several months of chemo and honestly it was not nearly as bad as I ever imagined. Radiation was far worse. There is someone named “millie” on here and I think she has a similar cancer, I hope she might see this and answer because she is stage 4 and it was in her spine too, and she is hanging in there with a positive attitude and improving, even though technically there’s no “cure.”

      Please do not give up hope…medicine can do miracles these days and there is a chance of the cancer seemingly going away with chemo since this cancer responds to it…and there is pallative care, which can basically stop cancer from growing, shrink it, even though it may not be curable. I think it sounds like the type of scenario you are looking for in this case.

      I’m sorry about your relative, cancer is evil :/ I hope she is able to continue on to live many more happy years. Best wishes.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis of stage IV colon cancer that spread to adrenal gland?
    My friend has been through chemo already, had portion of colon removed, and had spot on liver and lungs. All of this was taken care of and now she has a new tumor on her adrenal gland

    • ANSWER:
      Stage 4 generally means the primary cancer has spread to distant areas of the body. Stage 4 is the least curable stage of cancer. Never give up hope.
      Although a cancer may not be totally cured, it can be held back by chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy-depending on the exact type of cancer and where tumors are. Ask your friend to consult with her physician and cancer specialist-oncologist.
      As the adrenal gland is an endocrine gland-she may also wish to consult with an endocrinologist-but first have here see her cancer specialist-oncologist for such a referral.

  29. QUESTION:
    My friend has just been diagnosed with Liver Cancer?
    A year ago she had a radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer. She now has a tumour the size of an orange back in this area but is yet to find out if it is malignant but on top of this she has been told it has spread to the liver but until her appt next week she dosn’t know any more but has been told the prognosis is not good! There is a history of liver cancer in her family and she has been in pain for the last couple of months under her rib cage so this dosn’t sound to good. I just don’t know what to expect or how long she will have?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry about your friend. No the prognosis is not good. Liver cancer and cervical cancer are two different things. The fact the tumor came back so fast is not good and it probably is malignant as she now has a tumor in her liver too. The tumor in her liver is likely cervical cancer that metastasized there, not liver cancer.

      She will probably have a PET scan and a few other tests in the next couple of weeks that will show if cancer has spread anywhere else and from there the doctor will be able to give some options and time frames.

      If and when the doctor suggest hospice encourage your friend and her family to consider it. These people are wonderful. They are kind and caring and specialize in end of life issues. They not only help the patient but they help the family too.

  30. QUESTION:
    Poor Metastatic Breast Cancer Prognosis?
    My girlfriends mother was recently diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She had breast cancer when she was 39 and the cancer was in remission until now. She has lesions on her lungs and liver and an 8cm lesion which 80% of was removed from her brain. She also had 2 smaller lesions on her brain that the surgeon did not remove b/c he stated they would be better handled by radiation. She has since undergone 15 whole brain radiation therapy treatments but has not started chemo yet because the oncologist needed to wait until the radiation was done. I was reading over his notes and she has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and a poor prognosis. Does anyone know what a poor prognosis in medical terms actually means?

    She has also begun to become very confused and asks the same questions over and over. she is not sure about what she is supposed to do on a daily basis. she knows what a shower is for, but she doesn’t understand why she took one yesterday. she knows that she gets cold when the air condition is on, but isn’t sure if it should be turned off or not. She can barely ambulate because she is so weak and sleeps about 5 or 6 hours during the day. Thanks.
    I am fully aware she is going to die. it’s unfortunate but it’s something that we’re trying to be positive about. However I’m just curious if there are different prognosis levels and what they generally mean.
    She had the tumor in her brain removed on March 13th and began radiation on or about April 15th.

    • ANSWER:
      Poor prognosis is just a doctor way of saying there is very little hope of recovery. Nothing in medicine is ever 100% certain (except that we all die eventually) Prognosis isn’t really a precisely defined term, and is more of an educated guess as to the expected outcome.

      The treatments she is getting now are clearly palliative…they are meant to help reduce severe symptoms of the disease progress, but are not being offered as curative. She needs to be referred to a hospice or palliative care facility as wellk if she hasn’t already.

  31. QUESTION:
    Liver cancer. Doctors / nurses ?
    Hi, My dear lovely friend has liver cancer (secondary) and has just had 10 litres of fluid drained from her abdomen. She is still in hospital and we are waiting for her to come home. She is now only going to receive palliative tx regarding her cancer

    She is very weak and tired, and has very little appetite. Her family are hoping that when she comes home she will have chance to get a bit stronger and be able to see as many people as possible. She hadn’t been out or seen people for weeks as her appearance has changed drastically as she has lost so much weight and is so tired.

    i know the prognosis, but how long do you think she has? is this amount of fluid unusually high? , and do patients of this kind manage to recover a bit and get to feel a bit better before the fluid builds up again?

    i live in Sweden and she is in UK. I would like to fly to see her, but don’t know how much time i have to organise child care etc. and I know that she would see me, but if she had chance to feel better in herself then I would honour her wish to have that time to get stronger and stronger/more confident to see me.

    Is it imminent? I was hoping to go next weekend if possible – or am i being pessimistic and she should commonly have weeks or months? if that is the case i could leave booking the flight and allow her the time to get a bit better.

    Thank you for your help – i suppose that’s alot of questions, but I need to know if i am jumping the gun by hopping on a plane so soon. maybe that would scare her into thinking that i think she is going to die really soon.
    I can’t pretend i am visiting UK for another reason as i was there last month. I couldn’t see her then as I had a very bad cold and her immunitly as low.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I’m sorry about your friend.

      As you might have guessed, it’s impossible to say how long she has. For example, it sounds like this is metastatic cancer that has spread to the liver, so a lot depends on what the primary cancer is/was.

      Palliative care, in a very general sense, is usually prescribed when the prognosis is for less than 6 months, but there are exceptions to this and, also, it might be different in Sweden.

      I personally think the best course is to let her call the shots. Write her and tell her you want to see her, but you’ll let her decide when this is.

  32. QUESTION:
    Are seizures a symptom of liver cancer?
    My mom has liver cancer, which they did not think had spread to anywhere else, although the liver cancer is fairly advanced.

    This morning the nursing home called me because she had a grand mal seizure and were taking her to the hospital for a brain scan. She had a brain scan a few weeks ago and it was clear.

    Could the seizures be a sign that toxins are getting into her brain because her liver is failing? Or is it more likely that the cancer has spread to her brain?

    Or maybe it’s totally unrelated? She’s never had seizures before. They had just given her Vicadin for pain. During and after the seizure her oxygen was only 85.

    If anyone has experience with this I would appreciate it. I know it won’t make any difference in her prognosis but I just like to have an idea what is going on. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Seizures is not a symptom of liver cancer. The toxins are not going to her brain and I doubt she has brain mets. Wait for the MRI results.

  33. QUESTION:
    My 79 year old father-in-law was recently diagnosed with secondary (metastatic) liver cancer.?
    He has multiple lesions on his liver. The doctors have been unable to determine the primary site of the cancer. They “think” it may be the pancreas and have advised that it is sometimes difficult to diagnose cancer in the pancreas. He is bleeding internally and has needed several blood transfusions over the last 6 months. He has lost 35-40 pounds. His ankles are very painful and all the doctors can say is that it is an infection, which they are treating with aggressive intravenous antibiotics. Due to his age and other heath concerns (prior heart attacks), the doctors do not think chemo is possible. He has not been given a prognosis; (no one has asked). Can anyone give me a prognosis of how long he might have?

    • ANSWER:
      It is difficult to treat cancer with chemo when you do not know the primary site. They should be able to tell from a liver biopsy. He should have also had a PET. If this is the only area cancer is seen it will depend on how much his liver is involved. If it is pancreatic cancer the median survival is 2-6 months. If they cannot stop the internal bleeding it will be several days to a few weeks.

  34. QUESTION:
    dad has cancer on the liver all over ,does he have a chance he’s 76yrsold?
    they are pretty sure it started in the colon then spread to his liver,doctors prognosis was to just let him die comfortble…i didnt like that answer..

    • ANSWER:
      Man, I don’t like that answer either. If he still has some fightin him and he wants to fight then get to another cancer center. See who is doing radical or experimental treatment. Good luck, I hope that you will have peace in whatever happens to your dad.

  35. QUESTION:
    I need direct answers (no refs) to small cell cancer, chemo for this and prognosis…FACTS?
    Info needed asap. Patient, 73, male, small cell cancer in lung & liver/colan areas. Chemo begins this Tues. We’ve been married for 4 weeks and in order to control my emotions, I need to be prepared so I can provide everything possible on my behalf. Everything I have received thus far has been references to references and I don’t have time for the run-around. If you can’t help, please do not give me more references. I have not yet discussed this with his hemotologist because…guess I’m afraid to know or acknowledge prognosis in front of my husband. I need to make him positive, happy and worry-free, every second.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I can actually just tell you about chemo. Chemo can be a pretty scary thing, not to frighten you or anything. Your husband will likely need a lot of love and support during this difficult time. I’m not sure if this is exactly what you’re looking for but…I know some side effects of chemo. First off, what chemo basically does is attack cancer cells but it attacks the bodies healthy cells too. Your husband will have a severely reduced immune system, meaning it will be very easy for him to get sick and if he does get sick, he might not be able to fight off whatever he caught (even if it’s only a cold). So, do everything in your power to make sure he doesn’t get sick after chemo. Changes are also, after chemo, he will be very tired…he might lose his hair and he may very well be sick after it (nausea, vomiting etc.). You just have to take care of him, make sure he doesn’t over-exert himself. And be positive around him. The best thing you can do is be there for him with support because that helps a lot more than people know. Good luck to you…I hope everything goes well.

  36. QUESTION:
    How to help others deal with family member’s impending death?
    So my grandmother just recently got diagnosed with liver cancer and the prognosis is grim. My mom is taking it very hard because she and her mother are very close. Also, my mom isn’t very religious.

    In our family, my dad and I are the emotionally strong ones. Is there any way we can comfort her?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There isn’t much you can do on an emotional level.
      Each person handles this in their own way.
      However, having caring and loving people around her
      and knowing that they will be there for her is the best.
      Listen to what she has to say without adding alot of
      opinions. Let her tell you how she feels; about what
      your grandma is going through; about their life
      together. The more she feels she can open up to
      you and others will help her think more clearly and
      put things into perspective easier.

      Try taking her average day work done and doing much
      of it. Like making meals, help cleaning the house,
      running errands, doing other things to help out…is good.

      The Area of the Aging in your area is good to contact.
      They have helped so many elderly people and also
      the disabled. They have people who can help stay
      with your grandmother if your Mom needs to leave
      the house…some have meals on wheels where they
      deliver one meal a day to the elderly and some even
      provide medical supplies they may need and some
      even have transportation to take them to their
      doctor appointments. You would have to ask what
      is available in your own area. If the doctor feels that
      your grandmother may not live more than 6 months
      and she wants to be home…then it would be good
      to look into hospice. The doctor will sign a paper for
      her to have this.

      I will have to say a few things about liver cancer.
      If the cancer is in only one area of the liver, they
      can do a resection and remove just the area that
      the cancer is in. If the cancer is just in the liver
      and the tumors are small, she may be able to be
      evaluated for placement on the liver transplant list.
      However, if the cancer
      is in the liver and has gone to another area or in
      another area and then came to the liver…then the
      prognosis is worse, because then the cancer
      can continue to go to more organs.

      I hope this has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes to you and your loving family.

  37. QUESTION:
    my friend is 75 years old and has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer it has spread to his liver?
    what is his prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Only about 2 out of every 100 people (2%) diagnosed with stage 4 non small cell lung cancer will live for at 5 years.

  38. QUESTION:
    Cancer prognosis? how bad is it?
    My father in law has throat cancer they just discovered it has spread to his lungs, stomach, and liver he’s not giving us a lot of information so what I’m looking for is a guesstimate of his chances

    • ANSWER:
      The fact that is has metastasized is in general not a good sign. That shows that it is in the late stages. Also, that it has spread to his lungs is not a good sign.

  39. QUESTION:
    Grandpa has cancer – 4-10 months to live – what should I do?
    My grandpa was recently diagnosed with advanced stomach/liver cancer, with a prognosis of 4-10 months to live. I just feel at a loss right now. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      well you never know if he’s going to survive.
      think positive.

      but start by beginning to accept the fact that he does have cancer and might pass away.
      and spend every single moment with him.

  40. QUESTION:
    Should my Uncle go for Liver transplant or not?….HELP SAVE A LIFE?
    May be i should put this question to a liver surgeon…but may be if some doctor is seeing this, he could reply….I would be grateful…

    I have an Uncle who has been diagnosed with Liver cancer. He has a past history of Hepatitis-C…for which he was treated and he got cured…but now he has developed a cancer in his already damaged liver… here are the prognosis of the cancer (got this information from the hospital where he is admitted)

    •He has 02 Nodules 3cm each in the left lobe of his liver which are cancerous
    •Outside liver just besides these nodules are 02 lymphnodes which are also cancerous (this has been verified by fine needle aspiration biopsy)
    •Cancer type is HCC
    •Primary cancer is in the liver
    •Secondary in the lymphnodes
    •His lungs, pancreas, kidney, spline, stomach are all clear
    •His age is 58years; and he is taking exionol tablets 400mg one in morning and one at night)

    Questions:-

    1.With the conditions mentioned above do you recommend liver transplant or not? (Doctors in my country aren’t very confident about the transplant; so i need a second opinion or some good suggestion)
    2.What would be the recovery time?
    3.And what is your prognosis after the treatment
    4.What will be the total cost of liver transplant (the donor of liver is already available, its his daughter who is 20years old)

    I will be very grateful to someone who can reply….May be by replying… you might be saving one life….

    • ANSWER:
      If the cancer was just in the liver only and
      had not spread to other areas, then they would
      consider a transplant to be done.
      They have many things in the USA to try to
      treat this cancer. Things like Sir Spheres
      which is a non surgical therapy that uses
      radioactive microspheres to deliver radiation
      directly to the site of the liver tumors.
      They also have theraspheres which uses
      microscopic glass beads to deliver radiation to the liver tumors.

      However, once the cancer has spread to anything outside the liver, they usually will
      not do a transplant. Considering it is in the
      lymph nodes…that means it can easily go
      to any other part of the body. The lymph
      circulates through the whole body. It might not
      yet appear to be in another area, yet..it may
      still be there.

      Carcinoma is considered a fast growing
      cancer…I think I would contact one of
      the Cancer centers in the US and talk
      to someone there about this matter.
      Here is a list of cancer centers by the state
      you live in.

      http://cancercenters.cancer.gov/cancer_centers/cancer-centers-list.html

      You could also contact one of the Transplant
      Centers (you can find them by typing the
      state you live in and Transplant Center after
      that in your search engine).
      Here are a couple of links that explains the transplant process…You may be able to
      contact someone to answer this question
      on either of these sites:

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

      http://www.transplantliving.org/

      Since he may have a living donor…they may
      take a chance on trying to remove the
      liver and the lymph nodes, with the cancer, and
      do the transplant.

      Transplants, in the US, run in the range of
      0,000 and up. You need to have very
      good insurance to cover the cost or try
      and raise the money needed to make up
      the difference for what you may have to
      pay out of pocket. Many insurance have
      special case managers that handle
      Transplant patients.

  41. QUESTION:
    What is stage 4 colon cancer?
    I just found out my cousins had surgery for tumor in his colon that is probably cancer and probably stage 4, they also had found spots on his liver. What is the prognosis if this is cancer and it has spread to the liver. They are already planning chemo.

    • ANSWER:
      Im sorry to tell you this is a death sentance my sister died of colon cancer so i do speak from expriance make the most you have of the time you have left with your cousin i am very sorry that you have to deal with something like this i know how hard it is

  42. QUESTION:
    Treatments for stage 4 liver cancer with unknown primary, suspect lung or colon and has metasized to bone?
    My mother has this and they’ve said chemo will not change her prognosis. If she gets the chemo, there is a 4 out of 5 chance it won’t work, if she gets it there is a 1 out of 5 chance it will. It will most likely make her sick while she is on it, and if it does work it will only extend her life about 3 to 8 months if it goes into hybernation, but it will eventually return. her life expectancy is less than 6 months, chemo may only extend it a few months. If she gets radiation to the bones where she is in a lot of pain, she will feel better in a few doses, and with her pain meds she will feel pretty well for a while with almost no side effects, except fatique, but it will not extend life and she could have less than 3 months of survival. She doesn’t really want the chemo, and neither does my Dad, for them quality of life is more important then length, and she doesn’t want people to see her go through the chemo. Does anyone have info on this what would u do? we have second opinion friday

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry for your situation. The doctors are right with what they are saying if they cant locate the primary cancer they wont know what type of chemo to give your mum so it will be trial and error which i def dont recommend. Stage four cancer is incurable and almost certainly terminal. once cancer has reached the liver the life expectancy is less than a year, this happened to my Mum. Mum was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer last may. It was in her liver lung and kidney they couldn’t find the primary cancer either. they eventually did and it was diagnosed ads kidney cancer, Mum pasted away 4 months from first diagnosis aged 60. i agree with your mum and dad if chemo is only going to extend her life a few months i wouldn’t go thru the pain and trauma it will make her sicker than the cancer itself and will make her bed ridden. Mum went on a trail drug for 2 weeks and it was the worst thing we could have done she lost all dignity and control of her bodily functions it was terrible. definitely get your second opinion. contact me if you need support or info. xx

  43. QUESTION:
    My friend was diagnosed with stg 0 breast cancer and is now stg4 in the liver. ?
    Does anyone know the prognosis?? Especially after chemo?

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Bowl cancer with secondary liver?
    My mum has recently been diagonsed with bowel cancer, which has spread to her liver. The two extreamly large tumors took over the the left lobe of the liver and she has 8-9 small spots on the right lobe.

    We were told the prognosis was grim when we went to speak to a cancer specialist, however, a terrific surgeon decided that he would operate on her to remove the two large tumors from the liver (approx 70% of liver) she is recovering from the operation at home now.

    What would be the ‘conventional’ route to go down next? As they still want to operate on the liver to remove the spots and also an operation on the bowel to remove the cancer. But would chemo be done prior to this?

    Also how does the suregry of removing the large tumors now help the prognosis… is she still in that terrible bracket of 3% survive the 5 year rate? She is young and fit and healthy otherwise.

    Thanks a lot

    • ANSWER:
      The conventional’ route would have been to remove the tumor and the liver lesions at the same time followed by chemo. Removing the liver lesions does little to change the prognosis if the tumor is still present in the colon. Survival rates are based on stage and this does not change the stage.

  45. QUESTION:
    Prognosis for Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer that has spread?
    My mother was just diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer, that metastisized to her liver, spine, some lymph nodes and bones. There was a tumor on the skin of her hip, that was removed to do a biopsy, that’s how we found about the cancer, but she also has the same tumors (smaller) on her neck, face and scalp. She also has small ascites in her abdomen. She is 50 years old, and just got her 1st chemo treatment since Friday. Can anyone tell me what her prognosis may be? I need to prepare myself emotionally if she doesn’t have much time…

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    My cat’s blood work showed elevated liver enzymes. Prognosis?
    My 7 year old cat has been over weight for about 6 years, we found her as skin and bones in our neighborhood. Now, she has lost 5 pounds in about 3-4 months. She acts completely normal, and there is no loss of activity whatsoever. She still eats, but I’m not sure if she is eating less or not (we have two cats). The water bowl seems to need refilled more often than it did previously.

    We took her to the vet, and she said everything felt and looked fine. They tested her blood and it showed increased liver enzymes. She goes in for x-rays tomorrow. The vet thinks cancer or a kind of infection.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve given you a link that you might find informative.

      If it is cancer, it depends on how far it has spread and the condition of the liver. Whether the liver can be treated so it will heal and regenerate is not something anyone can tell you right now.

      If it is an infection, then a full treatment should help remarkably. The liver is tricky, as it can be affected by other things going on in the body, wherein the liver is not the primary issue. The liver is also quite remarkable in its ability to heal itself if given the right chance.

      I know you are and will be on edge until a definite answer is given. All I can urge you to do is not fret (or your cat will pick up your stress and make her feel poorly) and do some research on the internet to pass the time until you can get the results from the vet.

      Good luck.

  47. QUESTION:
    Liver lesions…what is the prognoses?
    My mother in law had breast cancer about 4 years ago, she then had a breast reconstruction.

    Recently she’s been diagnosed with liver lesions and needs chemotheraphy.

    Has anyone known someone close to them that has had liver cancer? What is the prognoses?

    My husband and I are pregnant with out first child, and first Grandchild for my mother in law, I really want our child to grow up knowing her, what are the chances???

    Thank you in advance for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Not very good I’m afraid. She may be fairly limited in her time unless they have got the liver lesions at an early stage

  48. QUESTION:
    Brother has stage IV liver, stomach, esophogus cancer.?
    Just diagnosed. Also affecting lymph nodes. He will be starting aggressive chemotherapy this week, 6-8 hr treatments once a week for 24 weeks plus daily radiation treatments. What is his prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry ot hear about your brother.

      When I was 12 my oldest brother was diagnosed with Testicular cancer, he was given 6 weeks to live. He is alive and well today. He went through alot of chemo, and ended having 2 big tumors removed surgically because the scar tissue would not allow any chemo to work. He had cancer around his liver, lungs, and lymph nodes as well.

      My best advice is to be there for him, have him change his diet and give him cancer fighting foods such as broccoli and what not. My brother swears that stuff helped him out with his cancer.

      Another very important thing is to make sure he keeps a positive outlook on his condition, as grim as it may seem, he needs to fight everyday harder than he has ever done before in his life.

      And PRAY!!! Alot and as often as possible.

  49. QUESTION:
    Prognosis of terminal brain cancer?
    My Father was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 4 Colon Cancer in June.It has spread to his liver.He had 7 chemo seesions which shrunk the tumour and slowed it down in his liver.He had the tumour in his bowel/colon removed 4 weeks but rapidly deteriorated and after scans we were told yesterday it was found he has terminal aggressive brain cancer.He is 78.How long do you think he has left with us ?

    • ANSWER:
      6+/- months

  50. QUESTION:
    my mother has colon cancer spread to liver and lung.?
    How high can cea go? She is undergoing chemo but number continues to rise-currently at 3120. We know its terminal, but Dr. has not really given prognosis.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not really sure how knowing how high a CEA can go, but I have seen them in the ten thousands. Tumor markers are used to monitor treatment.
      The median survival for stage 4 colon cancer with treatment is 2-2.5 years.


Liver Cancer Pictures

Most of the times they do not appear or are hard to detect until the problem reach to an advanced stage.

Colon Cancer Tumor Pictures

However, it is always better to know about those which can be detected. Mentioned below are some known symptoms of colon cancer. In case if any of the mentioned symptoms is present for more than a week, do seek advice of your physician about the screening for colon cancer.

Change in Bowel Habits

Tumor in the bowel brings an observed change in the habits like defecating. With the growth of tumor, you may feel the need of defecating less often and the large size of tumor will lead to constipation.

The only way to know this is to get regular screening done instead of waiting for the symptoms to appear on the surface.

Thinned Stool

The presence of tumor causes obstruction and with the growth of obstruction there is reduction in the space around. In case the tumor is present at the side of the colon tube passage, it may result into the narrowing of the stool.

Cramping or Bloating in the Stomach

Another symptom in the list of colon cancer symptoms is bloating or cramping in the stomach. Boating may be due to a bowel obstruction while cramping may be the result of constipation or diarrhea. In the advanced stages of colon cancer, tumor perforating i.e. poking through near the wall of the bowel, can lead to extreme abdominal cramping.

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Blood in the Stool

There may be blood in the stool which is due to the bleeding of the tumor. Nevertheless, if the tumor is present in the right colon, it is very much possible that the blood will dry up before the faeces are removed from the body. But if it is towards the left or in the rectum, it may remain fresh and thus will appear bright red.

Inexplicable Weight Loss

If you are losing weight without making any deliberate efforts, it is really something to ponder over. Often one has weight loss due to the fact that something wrong is going in the body. However, in colorectal cancer, unexplained loss in weight is one of the colon cancer symptoms and it indicates that the bowel is being blocked at some place, along the passage, by a tumor.

Exhaustion and Feelings of Fatigue

You are having proper sleep but still feel exhausted. There may be more than one reason and work load may not be the obvious one. The first possibility is that it may be due to anemia which takes place if the red blood cells are not able to carry sufficient oxygen as much they are required to. Consequently, you might feel exhausted. But it may also be due to tumors. Tumors can also be the cause of anemia.

Feel Like to Defecate but Not

You may feel like to go for defecation but you do not. This kind of sensation in the body may take place due to a tumor growing in the end of the colon or rectum.

The best option is to have screening for colon cancer on regular basis instead of depending on appearance of colon cancer symptoms.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    where can i get a good picture of cirrhosis, fibrosis, liver cancer….?
    i need good pictures that would be good for a middle school project for
    cirrhosis, fibrosis, liver cancer..

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    do you know what site I can get pics of liver damage caused fr chemo for colon cancer?
    I had colon cancer surgery and am taking chem treatments my liver count is up can you tell me a site to see pictures of liver damage from taking chem

    • ANSWER:
      What makes you think chemo is damaging your liver or that it would be visible?
      Your doctor is not giving you chemo to kill you.

  3. QUESTION:
    planing getting a picture of me and my grand father and the ribbon representing liver cancer and in side?
    of the ribbon my grad father Koren war rank
    his full name and his birth and death date
    what do you guys think of the idea

    • ANSWER:
      sound cool but only if you research every tattoo shop in your area and if none are good enough TRAVEL . there is nothing worse than a badly done portrait . make sure you see other portraits the artist has done before you get it done .

  4. QUESTION:
    Do I have any kind of liver cancer or problems with my liver?
    Ok, so I lost 25 pounds in two months, have always been tired and fatigued. Like for instance I slept nine hours two nights ago, drug through my day and went back to bed at about 3:30 and woke up at about 8:30 and was still extremely tired. I have no appitite, do not feel good at all, often have muscle and joint pains, headaches, stomach pains, and loss of hair. I struggle to get through my day, and want to hit the hay. I used to paint and play my instruments, and was always doing something because I love all my hobbies, but as much as I want to do them so badly, Im too drained! Also I’m always cold and pale. I was diagnosed with a vitimin D deficiency but they think that something else is wrong. So they went my in for a GI tracht and ultrasound. The spent about 20 minutes on my liver because they were finding black spots and lines and everything on the camera and they took a billion (Ok so thats a slight exaggeration! lol) pictures and all of that. On the GI tracht, they took pictures of everything, but they mostly concentrated on the liver and took most of the pictures there, like they found something. Im 16 and as for a medical history, I have a history of seizures and the doc told me that the meds Im on could someday impact my liver. Obviously I’m no doctor, so I don’t know if that could be it. If there is any doctors or anybody who is, or has been in the medical practice, could you let me in on the possibilities of what this might be including cancer?
    Also cancer runs through my family a lot! My Grandma died from stomach cancer, my Great-grandma had breast cancer, her mom died from cancer as well as her grandmother. My uncle currently has cancer, and my Dad thinks he may have cancer and is getting himself checked out for it. I know several others have had cancer, but I really don’t know who they are or what kind, just hearing about it. So it is definantly wide spread in our family, but no one has ever had liver cancer, or at such a young age (It usually comes in everyone’s 40s and over). My Aunt who is a nurse said she thinks that it is very possible,
    So for all you doctors out there, Is this possible or is there possibly another condition that it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      First, what are your Liver Function test (the labe results for your liver). They include ALK Phosphatase, AST, ALT, T.protein, Direct Billirubin, Total Billirubin. These are important and would help.

      First off, I think your a little young to be having liver cancer. Unless you have been drinking 5-6 beers a night since you were a baby…which I doubt.

      There are other conditions such as Hetochromatosis which has similar Signs/Symptoms. This is based upon to much iron in the blood. This left untreated could lead to cancer.

      The other aspect is a possible thyroid issue. Lossing hair is not usually seen with a liver problem. But included is with the weight loss, fatigue, change in appetite sounds like hyperthyroidism.

  5. QUESTION:
    Poem for Grandma with Liver Cancer?
    You see, my ♥grandmother♥ is very ill with liver cancer and her cancer isn’t responding to kimo. When I was young I used to always draw pictures for her and write her poems about how much I loved her. I’m not asking you to write a poem, but can you please give me an idea? ♥Thanks♥

    • ANSWER:
      Think about your past and what she did with you when you were at her house or something and right bout that :) Hope she will be okay!

  6. QUESTION:
    Fiance diagnosed with liver cancer, what are her chances?
    My fiance went to the Dr. after having lower back pains for several weeks. She was diagnosed with cancer of the liver. According to the Dr. she doesn’t have a very high chance of making it, but she’s only 19. How could she have gotten this so early? I can’t believe this could happen, she’s the one that helped me the most getting over my drug addiction. Without her I’m afraid I’ll immediately relapse. Over the last few months we had been looking at apartments to start our life together. We thought we had found the one we wanted but now this comes up.

    Obviously, we are both very distraught over this considering we had already planned on started a family shortly. This has completely flipped our life upside down. Is there some kind of consoling program that can help us through this. They are probably going to put her on chemo, but they don’t know if they will be able to find a donor for a new liver, there is a very long list according to the Dr. The last few days I’ve just been looking through our old pictures, which just turns to me drinking heavily to go to sleep for that night.

    I’ve felt myself being very short tempered, even getting into one fight with someone who didn’t really deserve it. After hearing about the fight my mom got scared and said “you’re moving with your auntie and uncle in bel-air”. I begged and pleaded with her the other day, but she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way. She gave me a kiss and she gave me my ticket. I put my walkman on and said I might as well kick it. First class, yo this is bad, drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass. Is this what the people of bel-air livin like, hmm this might be alright! I whistled for a cab and when it came near the licensplate said fresh and had a dice in the mirror. If anything I could say that this cab was rare, but I thought now forget it, yo home to bel-air. I pulled up to a house about seven or eight, and I yelled to the cabby yo, homes smell you later, looked at my kingdom I was finally there to settle my throne as the prince of bel-air

    • ANSWER:
      hope you enjoy starting another account.

  7. QUESTION:
    Close friend diagnosed with liver cancer…?
    My closest friend told me last Friday that he has liver cancer and has about a year to live. He looks like the picture of health at 30 years old and obviously I have been thrown into a talespin. He seems to be handling this very well, but I want to know how can help him deal with this..He does not want people to act like they feel sorry for him, but it seems like I should be doing something profound and I am at a loss. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      you can find information for him at http://411mms.com click on “about mms ” prompt and scroll down to “what is a pathogen” question.here you will find info that may help your friend.

  8. QUESTION:
    Cancer in the liver, Again?
    My mother was diagnosed with colorectal cancer (spread to her liver)(at the age of 50) back in September 2007. Since then, she has had chemo, radiation, colostomy surgery, more chemo, chemoembolization (chemo directly to the liver), & a liver resection. She has been in remission since January 2009. She will always have 2 shadows on her liver due to the laser removal of those.

    For the last couple of months, she has had low white blood cells. They have done detailed bloodwork (everything looks fine)(CEA level is normal) & an ultrasound showed that the spleen was not inflammed.

    What they did notice was that there were more than 2 shadows in the liver & also that there appears to be a mass over one of her kidneys. They are doing a CT scan in a couple of days to get better pictures.

    I know every case, every person is different but has anyone or anyone you know gone through something similar?? Can it be cancer what has developed in her liver??? Could the mass be cancer? I’m trying to recall but I think it our adrenal glands that are there. She had a PET scan done in March (everything normal) and scheduled for another one in October.

    My only comfort right now was that the CEA levels are normal but I know it can mean otherwise in some cases.

    Any info or thoughts you can share, I would appreciate it. My mother has done through SO much and I dont want her to go through all of this again. She is crying, shaking, and oh so scared.

    Thank you.
    P.S. I forgot to mention that she is also having a bone marrow biopsy done on Monday when we meet with the oncologist to go over all of it (bloodwork, ultrasound, & CT scan).
    Every other test they did for her blood work came back fine but her WBC are still low. That is the reason for the bone marrow biopsy.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver mets do not look like shadows, but it very likely for mets to show up in her liver at some point if not now. Have you spoken to her oncologist? Stage 4 colon cancer is not curable with a 5 year survival rate of 5% and a median survival of 2.5 years. Treatment is to prolong her life as long as possible and there are few long term survivors. I am very sorry.

      EDIT: Ask why they are doing a bone marrow biopsy if her blood work was fine.

  9. QUESTION:
    Ciggie Packs To Have Graphic Pictures On The Pack – Why Not Do The Same For Alcohol?
    Hello.I welcome the idea,allbeit a bit late,to introduce graphic images onto cigarette packs to shock people into stop smoking. If it can be done for cigarettes packets,why can’t similar graphic images be used to show the effects of drinking alcohol?

    For example,there could be a photo of throat, tongue or mouth cancer, or a diseased liver and pancreas, or kidneys all shown as the “before” and “after” effects in photo form of alcohol abuses. There could even be a diseased brain showing damage. In fact, there are so many possibilities and permutations on this.

    My question is thus:- If the effects of alcohol were shown in photo form on EVERY type of alcoholic beverage currently available in the UK,and done in the same way and manner which is going to be used on cigarette packs,would it deter you from drinking alcohol?

    I wonder where YOU stand on this?

    Alan L.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree. Everyone knows what cigarettes can do to you, but I don’t think many people believe that alcohol can also kill you.

      My 23 year old cousin almost died from pancreatitis last year, he only had a 25 % chance of survival, he pulled though but if he starts to drink again he’ll kill himself. He is now one messed up young man.

      My friend’s partner died last month from sorosis of the liver from years of binge drinking, he was 35 years old.

      I don;t think the pictures will work on ciggies and they wouldn’t work if introduced for alcohol either.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is anyone willing to join me to send the cigarette package pictures back to our legislators?
    They aren’t talking about putting rotting liver pictures on liquor bottles or beer cans. No talk is made of putting drunk driving carnage on auto service center waiting room walls. They’re not mentioning and have forbidden pictures of aborted fetus to be displayed on billboards or abortion clinic doors. These hypocritical law making bums are disgusting Americans and communists who are subverting our nation, keeping us divided, and undermining our country. We think it is time to throw their insulting disgusting antics back in their putrid faces. Let’s mail these pictures back to them like we mailed our pink slips to them by sending all cigarette package picture we collect to a central location to have them FedEx them to each and everyone of these dictator legislators. Not only this, the pictures I’ve seen are of AIDS victims dying and are being used on cigarette packs as the result of cigarette smoker cancer patients. There isn’t a decent or honest politician left in Washington, D.C. They have all become nasty and corrupted to their inner cores. Lets push their nasty pictures back in their faces for these next 2 years that we’re stuck with them and then show them all the door. The TEA party will supply us, we the people, with the replacements. And don’t forget the obese people pictures are next to be required on the Fast Food hamburger wraps and on the happy meal boxes. Let’s just do it.

    • ANSWER:
      Say it again. They have no Morals and are taking advantage of cancer victims. Cancer for the most part is a VIRUS! They are Hypocrites and should place it on Alcoholic Beverages, the pictures of Abortions, during and after, the results of asbestos and nuclear exposure while they are busily taking toys out of Happy Meals and taking responsibility From Parents! Did that ever occur to them? People also become overweight when they don’t have enough to eat! Smoking is not the sole cause of cancer. Whill they include Black Mold? Hypocrites!

  11. QUESTION:
    My father in law who love dearly along with his wonderful wife has had severe Ascites (swelling of the liver)?
    My father in law 50/yrs who I love dearly along with his wonderful wife has had severe Ascites (swelling of the stomach with water) it is very bad and he has been going to the mayo clinic here in Florida and his wife is very upset because they’ve been doing tests for TWO years and not until yesterday found that his liver looks very rough.His liver count was up two years ago and still they recommended lipator, They have been jerking them around back and forth and knew about his condition and diagnosis prior to his current cat scan and did not mention it at all, and sent him a LETTER IN THE MAIL about the grim condition along with a radiological picture of his sickly liver instead of calling him in personally to discuss it. It disheartens me to know they are treating him as a file and not a human being. I think he might have liver cancer and these people are gonna hold off the important procedures before it too late to save the poor man. Can anyone tell me of a really great place or specialist to take him to, any great specialists or cancer societys or anything would help right now. These people are gonna kill him! : (

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Questions about kidney cancer?
    So my mom is handling the doctor visits right now and I’m trying to stay out of it. So this is third party information and I want to know if its true:

    1.) He has kidney cancer which is overlapping the liver. They said the cancer is over top the liver and drew a picture. The doctor said they can not figure out if the liver has cancer until they do the surgery to remove the kidney. Is this true?

    2.) His lungs have modules on them? But they said they are not cancerous yet, what does that mean? Is the modules ok?

    3.) While doing the colon check, they found something in his stomach and are doing a biopsy on this. Is it true it takes two weeks for the results? My mother was given a phone number to call. My mom said she forgot to call and seems like its not even a bother to her to call. If they found something, would they call us or do we HAVE to call them?

    They meet with the pathologist this Friday to go over the surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible cancer is over top the liver and I would believe the doctor if he said so they don’t lie to their patients. It is also possible they cannot tell on imagining if the liver is involved or not.

      The lung nodule thing does not make sense. Either they are cancerous or they are not they do not become cancerous later. It is possible they are too small to know.

      Doing a colon check is not typical workup for kidney cancer and would not include the stomach. If the stomach was scoped it is typical for random biopsies to be taken. However, if they said something was found that is a different story. Two weeks is a little long to wait for results and there is usually an appointment already setup to go over them it is not usually done by phone. Patients do not often meet the pathologist and pathologists do not discuss surgery. If he is having the kidney removed that would be a urologist.

  13. QUESTION:
    Medical help please! Spots on liver & spleen!
    Last week, my uncle was having stomach problems and headaches. He does get headaches quite often however, these just didn’t seem to go away. He went to the hospital and they found that he had spots on his liver and spleen. The ER doctor told him it was cancer! Keep in mind the doctor who told him this is the most terrible doctor at the hospital. My uncle stayed in the hospital for 4 days and was released yesterday by the cancer speacialist. While meeting with the specialist, he told my uncle that he didn’t think it was cancer but they are going to do a Biopsy for precautions. The specialist also went over the pictures of his liver and spleen with him and things didn’t look too bad. The only symptoms my uncle is having is a headache & absolutley nothing else.They gave him something for the headaches which he said is working. I know I’m going on and on but this is a very difficult time for my family. We are mess including his wife who just gave birth to their baby.Before my uncle was released, the same doctor who told him he had cancer came in and kept telling him it was after the specialists said it wasn’t. My uncle is only 30 years old and this is all so confusing. I’m sorry for so much info & any help would be appreciated more than you know. Thank You SO much!

    • ANSWER:
      I didn’t see a question in there anywhere so I’m not sure what you want to know, but there are several things that do not make sense.

      Your uncle must have had some pretty good abdominal and or pelvic symptoms for “pictures” to be taken of his spleen and liver. A radiologist, not the ER doctor and not the oncologist, would have read them.

      The only reason an oncology consult would be asked for is if the attending physician believed the patient may have cancer or a blood disorder.

      People do not stay in the hospital for 4 days because of a headache alone.

      The only time an ER doc sees a patient on the floor is if they coded. I have worked in hospitals nearly 20 years and have never once seen this happen.

      Did your uncle tell the oncologist what the ER doctor has said? Did he explain how he got to conflicting diagnoses from the same report?

  14. QUESTION:
    Female anatomy diagram of ovarian cancer,help?
    I’m doing a project on ovarian cancer,and i’m stuck at the 3rd and 4th stage,i know they spread to other organs. But i’m not sure from the ovaries upwards,what organs should i include in the digestive system? since there are so many organs,i tried to find pictures of reproductive and digestive system of the female anatomy but none,as i need to do it in a diagram,if any one could help?

    i was thinking of leaving out the intestines,or should i include the intestines,liver and stomach?

    • ANSWER:
      Staging of ovarian cancer is called FIGO surgical staging. It is as follows:

      Stage 1 : Tumour confined to ovary

      1A: affection of a single ovary
      1B: affection of both ovaries
      1C: If the cancer extends to the surface of the ovary and makes
      papillary projections.

      Stage 2: spread in the pelvis:

      2A: spread to genital organs, as uterus and tubes.
      2B: spread to other pelvic tissues
      2C:If the cancer sends deposits inside the abdomen

      Stage 3: Spread through the peritoneoum (membranes lining the abdomen)

      3A: microscopic spread ( seen only by microscope)
      3B: macroscopic spread, seen by the naked eye.
      3C: superficial liver deposits

      Stage 4: blood spread to the lung, liver, bone and brain..

      You should also know that spread to the intestine is very important because it is the leading cause of death from cancer ovary; intestinal obstruction.

      The intestine fills the whole abdomen, so you could only draw a little piece to represent it.

      I would really love to draw a diagram for you, so if you take a look at my blog, that i share with some of my fellow doctors, we’d love to help, just post a question there. oh and it’s free. You can find the link in my profile.
      Good luck with your project

      Best regards,
      Dr Ramy

  15. QUESTION:
    Will God heal my fiances cancer?
    My fiance went to the Dr. after having lower back pains for several weeks. She was diagnosed with cancer of the liver. According to the Dr. she doesn’t have a very high chance of making it, but she’s only 19. How could she have gotten this so early? I can’t believe this could happen, she’s the one that helped me the most getting over my drug addiction. Without her I’m afraid I’ll immediately relapse. Over the last few months we had been looking at apartments to start our life together. We thought we had found the one we wanted but now this comes up.

    Obviously, we are both very distraught over this considering we had already planned on started a family shortly. This has completely flipped our life upside down. Is there some kind of consoling program that can help us through this. They are probably going to put her on chemo, but they don’t know if they will be able to find a donor for a new liver, there is a very long list according to the Dr. The last few days I’ve just been looking through our old pictures, which just turns to me drinking heavily to go to sleep for that night.

    I’ve felt myself being very short tempered, even getting into one fight with someone who didn’t really deserve it. After hearing about the fight my mom got scared and said “you’re moving with your auntie and uncle in bel-air”. I begged and pleaded with her the other day, but she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way. She gave me a kiss and she gave me my ticket. I put my walkman on and said I might as well kick it. First class, yo this is bad, drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass. Is this what the people of bel-air livin like, hmm this might be alright! I whistled for a cab and when it came near the licensplate said fresh and had a dice in the mirror. If anything I could say that this cab was rare, but I thought now forget it, yo home to bel-air. I pulled up to a house about seven or eight, and I yelled to the cabby yo, homes smell you later, looked at my kingdom I was finally there to settle my throne as the prince of bel-air

    • ANSWER:
      haha. stay on /b/

  16. QUESTION:
    Antique Collectors interested in a teapot from World War II?
    I have a little brown glazed teapot that is brown with the little raised design that looks like a vine running around the pot with white,blue,orange like flowers hanging down. On the bottom it has a rope that crosses over and in the top of it states made in England. On the left bottom side it has the Bristish Flag and on the right side it has a lion. Under the rope it has Escorted to the USA by Royal Navy, World War ll. It has a number in gold writing which is 2983DN. It could be an ON. I am not sure. It is in very good condition. It has a small chip on the very end of the spout which could be repaired since it looks like fired clay.
    If you are seriously interested send me an email at livelygirlstilllivin @ yahoo. com and I will send you a picture by email. Then you can make me a honest offer. Please be kind enough to be honest with me. I have bone and liver cancer and have been given a year to live. Thank you….

    • ANSWER:
      That is an item that only certain specific collectors would like. I think that it sounds charming, but I wouldn’t be in a place to purchase it myself.
      Do you have any local auction houses? I know that they charge a percentage of the sale, but it may be worth it in the long run. They can afford to advertise specialty auctions, and have knowledge of specific collectors.
      There is always eBay, but sometimes that can be more of a hassle than what its worth.
      Best of luck to you.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I get over the pain of losing my big brother to cancer?
    It’s almost a year since I lost my 24-year old big brother to a rare, aggressive cancer called Angiosarcoma. Google it to get an idea how bad it is, just might be the worst cancer ever. =(

    It’s not fair, it all started with a lump in his back that the doctors shrugged off until it was too late and spread everywhere to his brain, lungs, and liver. It truly broke my heart.

    I just can’t get over the pain and what he had to go through. The hardest part is that he was the only family member that truly loved me. I have a younger sister who is doing drugs and alcohol and doesn’t care about life anymore and my parents neglect me and only care for my sister. They never listen to what I have to say.

    I feel so alone since he has left. He was such an amazing, happy, positive person. How could that happen to someone like him? He was so healthy.

    How do you hold back the tears when I see his pictures and realize I’ll never see him again or hear his voice?

    Please help, I need some advice. This is killing me inside and I prefer not to talk in person to my family for online strangers are much more sympathizing than my own family could ever be to me, sad I know.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I, also lost my older brother, to cancer…only it was in the pancreas.
      The emotions are so many different ones, that you cannot pinpoint just
      one and say, that is the why I feel the way I do.

      There are regrets, cause there are many things you would say or would
      have said to him if he were still here. There may be things you would
      have done differently, if you had to do it all over again. So you have
      to look at the what if’s and tell yourself that that part of life is over.
      Sometimes talking to him, either near the grave site or when you are
      alone…will help.

      There is also confusion and questions that are unanswered…like why
      such a good person could have something go so wrong with them?…
      why did they have to suffer?…There are no clear answers to these
      questions. Some people say that it is just a fact of life and accept
      it. But, really it seems to be unjustified.

      There is also anger. You might feel totally cheated. You could feel
      all alone. The future without them looks kind of dull and pointless.
      This is the greaving process that we go through. We long to be
      with those we love. It can make you mad, also, that your sister
      is just taking life for granted…when someone else who deserved
      to live has lost his life.

      Everyone thinks that tears are a weakness and that you should
      just grin and bear it. Tears are not a weakness or a sign of not
      handling things well. They are the true deep love we have for
      someone else and the longing to be with them. Tears help bring
      us peace. It doesn’t take very much to have them in our eyes when
      we see someone wear something similar to what they did, or are
      built the way they were, or do something that reminds us of them.
      There is no limit on how long it takes till a person never feels the
      pain of loss…it can even last a lifetime when certain things take place.
      There is no shame in tears. They are tears of love.

      It would be best if you would take some time and go back to the
      very beginning of your life with him and, in your mind, go through
      each memory slowly. At times it will make you smile and at times
      it will make you mad, and it will make you cry. Once you go through
      that, though, you will be much able to handle things and go on in
      the future with all the good memories of him. This helps remove
      regrets, it helps to calm you, and it helps to bring to the forefront
      all the wonderful things about him. It will also give you a better
      perspective on how you should live your life…cause he probably
      taught you an awful lot by example and how he lived his life.

      They say that love never dies…the love he showed to you, you can
      pass onto others by talking about his life and memories of him
      and by showing that love to others.

      Parents sometimes forget a child that is so well behaved, because
      they are so busy trying to get through to a child that isn’t. It is normal
      to spend years of time and money trying to do something to stop a
      child from ruining their life, then one who doesn’t need this special care.
      The upset feeling and the “I give up” attitude parents can develop toward
      one child and be mistaken as neglect by the other child because they
      get the backlass from it. all. Them losing their son, would also have them
      emotional upset, too. Many parents, even though a child may die naturally,
      still blame themselves for it and the what ifs are there with them, also.

      Step out of the situation you are in. Picture yourself as the Big sister who
      is taking care of your little sister. Picture yourself as a comfort to your
      mother and dad after they have lost someone precious in their life.
      Your brother was there for you…you need to be there for them.
      You are a very wise person and very mature. Let the tears flow when
      you need to. I hope this has helped you realize..you are special.

      Take Care and best wishes

  18. QUESTION:
    pancreatic cancer………………..?
    so my cousin has pancreatic cancer stage 4 in his liver, lungs, and spleen, i was wondering what is the highest stage before it is so severe that he will……….. you get the picture. (is there another or more stages, or is 4 the highest? i know that this cancer is serious but is there a possibility of him getting over it/ surviving?

    • ANSWER:
      First let me say how sorry I am. Cancer is a horrible disease that I wish no one had to endure. You need to spend quality time with your cousin now and make sure that the doctors keep him comfortable. Unfortunately Stage 4 is the worst stage there is and the fact that it is spreading is not a good sign. If there is no further treatment that he can have you family should consider Hospice. It is a wonderful program that helps patients with their end of life journey and also helps the family to cope. I know all this is hard to hear but I will say a prayer for your cousin and God Bless.

  19. QUESTION:
    Poem for Sick Grandmother?
    You see, my ♥grandmother♥ is very ill with liver cancer and her cancer isn’t responding to kimo. When I was young I used to always draw pictures for her and write her poems about how much I loved her. I’m not asking you to write a poem, but can you please give me an idea? ♥Thanks♥

    • ANSWER:
      talk about the past and the good memories you had with her. or again just how much you care and appreciate her. if it’s for your grandmother, you’ll know when you have the right idea. hope i led your thoughts to thinking other ideas!

  20. QUESTION:
    I am a 15 year old girl and my mum died of cancer a month ago?
    Im 15 and my mum only recently died of cancer-she had multiple kinds, breast, liver, thyroid,back it was basically everywhere and she also had a small brain tumour and i was just wondering how are you meant you grieve? I had known about her cancer for about five years and it had only just started getting very bad, she seemed alright until about a week before her death, she just started going downhill really fast then. Her feet and stomach/abdomen area swelled up very big and her eyes and skin got a yellow tinge. She started losing weight very quickly, in a few weeks her arms were tiny and frail, and her ankles and stomach were a stark contrast. I saw her being taken away in an ambulance and getting put in a hospice because we didn’t know what else to do and had done all we could for her. She couldn’t even hold a cup. And now, less than a month after this, my life is just continuing on. And it feels wrong. Like I have somehow cheated someone. Like my mum. I should not being living this so called ‘normal life’. I should be miserable and swimming in my own tears. Is it because I did not love her? Im sure that I did. She was my mum. She was basically my whole world, I don’t have a dad. But if I did love her then why did i not cry at her funeral?? Why and how did i stay stone faced just wishing that the whole charade was over. I just want my life to go back to normal. I try to think about her, but I cant even remember what her face looks like without a picture to guide me. Is my memory that bad or is my subconscious merely trying to protect my conscious from these haunting memories. I cant remember that past life that only occurred up to a month ago. Why is this?? Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Birtybear,
      I’m so sorry you have to deal with the loss of your mum at such a young age.
      Birtybear, there is no such thing as a right way or a wrong way to grieve. Grief is personal, and each of us has to deal with it in our own way. I’m also sorry to hear that you don’t have a father around at this time.
      Birtybear, there are 5 stages associated with the grieving process. The stages are denial, bargaining, anger, depression, and acceptance. We don’t all go through all of the stages, and we don’t all take each stage at the same pace. The first stage, denial, is a kind of shock. It keeps us from feeling all of the grief full force, and all at once. You’re only 15, losing your mum, and not having a dad to go to, not only do you have the loss of your mum in your life, but you may also need to adjust to things like new living arrangements, or you may have to move and start a new school, who are you living with now that your mom has passed on? Will this be a permanent, or temporary situation on the way to somewhere else? I’m guessing that your whole life is probably changing quite a lot because your mum passed on. It’s a lot to absorb. It’s ok if you can’t bring yourself to cry right now, and it’s ok if you are having trouble remembering some things right now. It doesn’t mean you didn’t love her, clearly you did, or you wouldn’t be asking this right now. But it’s a lot to absorb, and it will take some time to sink in, and you still have to go on with your life. When the time is right, you will get a chance to get some time to yourself, and bring it all out to look at. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to go about it a certain way. Maybe one of these days you can sit down and make a scrap book and start to remember her and everything she means to you. If and when you cry, it will be because you are ready to feel it and let it go, until then, be good to yourself….

  21. QUESTION:
    Why do I feel downed and envious of little children?
    So unfortunately, I am a 15-year old teenager boy that is not typical. As I am typing this, my mind seems to be in such a black hole that I don’t even know what to say. Oh well, here it is.

    My background: I’m considered to be a successful person, as I am a straight A student who has half of the high school classes as AP in a sophomore year, I excel in my instruments, piano and violin (Giving out what awards I won would give out my real information), and I am not a typical asian geek who never socializes (I am Asian). However, I never really “hang out” with my friends outside of school because they usually go with unscheduled events, where my mother absolutely hates unscheduled events because of her damned A-type personality, while my personality type is AB-type. I also do many other extra-curricular activities that I excel at too.

    The thing is, my soul feels like it has been extremely compressed by the evils of the world. My feelings in my mind, it never gets excited anymore, and it never feels the slightest bit of “awakeness”. It just seems dull, and sad, and occasionally frustrated and angry. Back in 6th grade, I used to be excited, but I have no idea how the excitement has stooped down into a level I am in right now.

    How I live these days is, I do my after-school activities, then play online games the whole day while still being downed and not pleasured unless I win something, I get pleasure for 0.5 second then it goes away again. Oh, and when I don’t feel like playing computer games anymore, I just look at pictures of pretty faces of Korean celebrities, even if i know they got plastic surgery, while listening to trance that gives me nostalgia to the old days back when I was not born while hoping a girl in real life attracts my attention to provide me love and happiness. While doing that, I also have the desire to drink massive amounts of alcohol till I get liver cancer and die because that’s what people in Korean soap operas do when they are sad (Except the liver cancer part). I wouldn’t even care if I died (Actually I kinda want to). The only reason why I don’t suicide or do drugs is because I have a bad feeling that I trust which acts upon me. Oh, and my parents don’t know that I do any of the things above, otherwise they would kill me. Then I just do my homework, which I usually end up doing at 12:00 AM, and even then, I’m not even panicked. I just do the homework as I would do normally and it just works out. I see other peers in my school become excited, and I kind of just stare at them and a wave of sadness comes to me as I said good-bye to the feeling of excitement without myself even knowing.

    Since I know my life is completely wasted, I try to tell many younger students to keep their levels of excitement up (If I ever do meet them), and to never become like me, despite how successful I am considered to be by adults. I see them being hyper and stuff, and I want to basically roll down plops of water down my cheeks.

    Honestly, I don’t even know why I am writing here.
    tl;dr: Life is quite dull, my excitement level went rock bottom, and I’m kinda looking for a solution here.

    • ANSWER:
      i don’t recommend medication. it just makes you worse. people go through phases… just keep your head up and soon you’ll find your calling in life.

  22. QUESTION:
    its been almost a year. why doesnt it feel right?
    my grandpa died on december 4, 2009. just one week before my dads birthday, and my grandma and grandpas 55th anniversary.
    my grandpa was my best friend and i have loads of memories with him.
    on november first i found out that my grandpa had a bad heart valve and had about a year to live. i didnt know what a heart valve was until after he died and i researched it. sometime in september we found out that he had liver cancer and a tumor on his lungs.(and liquid in his lungs) it was small cell cancer so if not stopped it would spread very quickly. the news got worse as the week before he died he got put into intensive care. honestly i thought this would be so much better for him. i thought everything would be solved and he would be my happy and healthy grandpa again. when my dad asked if i wanted to go visit my grandpa in the hostpital i was estatic. i was so worried, cried every night and i just wanted to say i love you. but i didnt go, because i had a panic attack. little did i know that was the last time i would be able to see him. every day i think about how, while i was arguing with a bitch, he was dying. probably thinking about me and al and everyone, and he wasnt even that close to my mind.

    my question is, why doesnt it feel like he’s gone.
    i dont have a big hole ripped in my heart, because if feels like he’s not gone yet, like hes not missing. even though i know he is everytime i go to my grandmas house. and hes not there. but his pictures are. i miss him so much but why is it like theres nothing gone. ?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that it feels like he is still here because you know, in your heart that even though he has left this earth his love is still with you but these feeling are also the way that you deal with the loss.
      When I was 13 (way back in 1961) my father died of cancer. Like your grandpa his lungs were filling with fluid, my youngest sister had just turned 6 and she just pretended that he went to work and would be coming home. I don’t think that my sister ever realized that our father was dead, not until December 21, 2007 when my mother died. I remember my little sister, though then was almost 53, said “I just lost my mother and my father”

      Losing a loved one, especially one that you are very close to is difficult, there are times that even though I am 62 I get very depressed when I think about my mother and all of the wonderful times that we had even though in my youth life was very difficult. Sometimes when I am feeling like this, I can
      almost feel my mom being next to me telling me “I’m OK”

      Once you have full accepted that grandpa is gone and is in a better place you will then begin to realize that he is gone but at the same time you will be happy that he is not suffering as so many people do with cancer.

  23. QUESTION:
    How can I ease the pain of losing my dog?
    My beautiful 14 year old Golden Retriever Bessie was put to sleep this week. She had liver cancer.
    I am very very upset at losing her as she was my very best friend. Every morning I cry my heart out because she is gone. ( I am even crying now as I type this) I can’t look at any pictures of her or even go to my moms house because of all the memories of her being there.
    I would love to get another dog to ease my pain but my parents have said no because it would be alone in my apartment all day while I am at work and they do not want another dog at their place because they don’t want the responsability again of looking after it.
    Overall I think another dog would be the best thing for me to ease my pain because I am grieving and pining for my dog Bessie so badly. What should I do? Please Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m am REALLY sorry for you. It is a super hard thing to go through and what you’re feeling is normal. First of all you should know that she lived a long life. You must of kept her very well taken care of. Anyways, you should consider getting a cat. It could live in your apartment. It wouldn’t bark, you wouldn’t have to spend the time potty training it, you wouldn’t have to train it, or even walk it. But when you come home at night you would have it to keep you company and spend time with you. You’d be surprised how amusing and loving a cat can be.

  24. QUESTION:
    Girls/guys, do you think this is wrong? Please help me?
    So my boyfriend and I have been together for over a year now. He never has told his dad about me yet. He doesn’t have a mom, she died of pancreatic and liver cancer back in September, but she knew about me and she was perfectly okay with it. By the way, we are long distance. It’s just that I get offended a little bit when he tries to keep me a secret. His sisters know about me and they think I’m really cool and everything, and likewise.
    Like for example, on Valentine’s day, I sent him a fruit basket. I told him it was going to be delivered on a sunday, which it was. He purposely made sure that he would stay outside and wait for the basket so his dad wouldn’t see it come first. He then went upstairs and hid in his room and ate it with his sister. His dad never knew about it.
    Now, he’s coming to visit me in April which is two months away. He’ll be in college and the airport is five minutes away. His mom always told him if he has the money, he could go wherever he wants. His dad is very strict though. He said that he isn’t going to tell him about coming and that he’ll never find out. But I think he will bc if my boyfriend posts pictures on FB, his sister’s will see it and probably discuss it and his dad might overhear.
    Is my boyfriend like ashamed of me or something? Please don’t tell me I’m paranoid or worried too much. Every relationship has their ups and downs.
    Any advice? Wouldn’t you be offended if your boyfriend/girlfriend kept you a secret?
    10 points to best answer and thank you to anyone who does.
    Also, don’t tell me that long distance relationships don’t work.. because we wouldn’t be in one for a year if they didn’t.
    Sorry if this is long =

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think he is ashamed of you since he has introduced you to other family members. I think he is afraid of his father for some reason. Maybe he thinks his father would disapprove of this relationship for whatever reason and pleasing his father is more important than bringing your relationship out in the open.

      If you have been with this guy for a year, then you should be able to have an open honest talk about this. If not, then you really don’t have much of a relationship. I would refuse to hide in the background from his father unless there was a very good reason to do so. You need a good honest answer from him as to why. If it is just something dumb like his father might not approve and he is old enough to go to college, then you need to find someone else. If he cannot stand up to his father on something as simple as this, then imagine what your life will be like with him in the future. He chooses to hide instead of being honest. This is not a good quality to have in a boyfriend.

  25. QUESTION:
    Am i the selfish one?
    I may have Hepatocellular is a liver cancer. I am married with a family for nine year but been seperated 4 five months she does’t under stand that i could die from this at anytime all i have ask of her is to help me thru this and be there and all she has told me was what about the past of the hurt i have put her thru. People make mistakes that much i do no. I just want to spend as much time that i can with my family she is being selfish and rotten there is another man in the picture could he be the blame of her being as cold as she is.

    • ANSWER:
      there could be another man but u need to tell her to her face that u need to see ur kids and u can die any minute now

  26. QUESTION:
    am i the selfish one?
    I may have Hepatocellular is a liver cancer. I am married with a family for nine year but we are seperated she does’t under stand that i could die from this at anytime all i have ask of her is to help me thru this and be there and all she has told me was what about the past of the hurt i have put her thru. People make mistakes that much i do no. I just want to spend as much time that i can with my family she is being selfish and rotten there is another man in the picture could he be the blame of her being as cold as she is.

    • ANSWER:
      If you lied to her in the past then she may not believe you, show her medical records and prove you have the cancer.

      It is hard for people to get past hurt in their lives and to forgive so you have to give her time, but you also have to think about if you do die and then you leave her there and she has fallen back in love with you all over again, do you want to put her through that?

      Focus on your children, they are the ones that will miss you the most.

  27. QUESTION:
    How do I cope with the death of my father?
    He died today. June 16th, 2010. 12:20 PM. I’m just here to sort through my feelings and distract myself. I don’t really know how I’m going to though. It’s still surreal and I’m so sad. I’m trying to stay strong though. I don’t think I’ll ever be over it. But I’ll just have to cope.

    He was diagnosed with stomach cancer a little over a month ago. At first they said they could do chemotherapy, but then they found out it had spread too much. He would just slowly die with the help of hosparus. The cancer had spread so much that he had stomach cancer along with liver cancer, lung cancer, and bone cancer. He’s not suffering anymore although. He died in my mom’s arms while I laid in bed because I did not want to see him like that. That picture etched in my mind forever. I did not want that. I wanted memories of him being healthy. I’m still afraid of breaking down at the funeral, or in front of others. I can’t stand for people to see me cry. But me not crying would make me seem heartless. I’ve had to hold back tears all day. Many family members came to see him before the coroner came. I stayed in the kitchen. I could not stand to see him lying there, dead in the living room.

    I was daddy’s girl. I always followed him, watched him, and he was my idol. I wanted to make him proud.

    I don’t want to talk to people about this. I’ll cry and won’t be able to form words. I’m just wondering what are some ways to deal with this other than talking to people?

    Most of my friends don’t even know. I’m too afraid of breaking down and crying. A social worker also came this morning to help us take our mind off of it. I’m a bit better, but I’ll never be whole again. I feel as though a piece of me is missing. I can never see or speak to my father again. And it’s just a few days before father’s day he died. I’m just trying to think of positive memories. I know he knew I loved him even though I never told him. And I don’t remember the last words I said to him. I hope they were nice.

    • ANSWER:
      I`m so sorry to hear that. It`s the most difficult thing in the world when someone dies, especially a close family member.

      Don`t bottle up your emotions. Talk to your mom, or a counselor to get out what you feel. If you want to just be alone, then that`s fine too.

      Everyone has their own way of grieving. If you are religious and you believe in the after life, you`ll know he`s in a better place and not suffering.

      Pray for yourself, your family, and your father. Good luck, and I truly hope you finally find peace.

  28. QUESTION:
    how do i convince my aunt to let me get a tattoo for my birthday already have to tattoos?
    also how much do you this this tattoo will cost ?
    it is going to be a picture of me and my grandfather form when i was little then it will have the cancer ribbon for liver cancer and the color on the inside of the ribbon it will have my grandfather,s rank form the koren war and the his full name and birth and death date as well as the years to all so i have put a ton of thought into this tattoo and this is some thing i won,t regret later on in life by the way i will be 21 in a week
    my aunt told me that she does not mind paying for my ears to get percied again but i dint under stand why she wont let me get this done

    • ANSWER:
      You don’t have to, you aren’t a minor.

  29. QUESTION:
    I feel really bad I never talked to her again should I talk to her?
    Idk a super long time ago I used to talk to this chick mikayla a lot and a lot of people thought she was a slut, and she sort of was, but actually she was really nice and always would listen to what I had to say. And my current best friend leon was going to go out with her but it never happened. Anyways, then she got liver cancer and it was about the time I stopped talking to her cause I created a new fb and never added her again and she never added me, but after all this time (up to two years ago maybe?) She survived her battle with cancer, since just a while back she replied on a comment on her page, and in her profile picture she looks healthy and pretty, And I sort of want to talk to her again but come to think of it she was a little mean, and I don’t really want her to get angry at me for one reason or another, and there’s no doubt it’ll be awkward. But should I talk to her? idk…. I really want to.

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to talk to her, do it! Just ask her hows shes doing or if she wants to hang out. If she was friends with you, there is a good chance that she may still want to. You just have to try and see.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me on this?
    So my dad passed away, and in Dance we have to do this little collage/poster about a tragic moment in my life, so I chose to do that.. I wanted to write a message on the side of my poster, and put his picture in the middle..I need help on my message(mostly the ending) Here it is:

    My dad passed away August 27, 2007, of liver cancer. That was a hard year for all of us; me, my mom, my grandmother, sister, and of course my dad. He hid that he had cancr from all of us, he didn’t even let my mom into the room when she went with him to have a doctors appointment. He also drank a lot during that time to hide the pain, which made his cancer worse. He was a really funny guy, and when he passed away, it was really hard for us..and then when the 1 year anniversery of his death came that was even harder to realize he was gone for that long. I do miss him, sometimes I cry, but not as much anymore.

    The ending needs some help…I’m not sure what to put..any ideas?? Also I have to present this to the class. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry about your father. As far as the message goes there are some grammatical errors that really should be fixed if this is for a grade. When you list people you should always come last. I personally believe that it would have better structure if you started out with: 2007 was a bad year for our whole family. Then I would go into why. For your ending I would tell how your feelings about his death have changed in the last year. These are just my thoughts.

  31. QUESTION:
    tattoos in memory of my grandfather?
    my tattoo is going to include
    PF2 united states navy korea war
    birth and death date
    picture of my grandfather holding me when i was little
    his foot ball number #16
    yellow Robin representing liver cancer
    golf club and beef jerky and his full name robert Henry Hoff
    anything to do with a farm because he had owned a farm raising my dad and a pair of angel wings and i want a shot quite to go with this Peace
    how do i tie this all together
    i ment FP2
    going to put for the quate gone but not fogotten
    could some one draw a picture up of the thing i mened exept for the poratit and e mail it to me thanks kellie

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    its been 3 years and im still in grieve.?
    i was in 8th grade when my grandma who had polio and was paralized got sick and lost brain activity. and died two days later. a couple weeks before i found out my dad cheated on my mom who is my everithing and was leaving us. we were really wealthi and lost all our money and had to move out of our nice house. It still kills me to this day because i took her for granit. I never thought it would actually happen. Junior year came and february came and my dog that i got because my parents were getting a divorce got liver cancer and was dying on my floor in muh living room. she died on my lap on the way to the vet. it killed me seeing her head drop in front of me and her getting her last breaths. ever since ive been hard core depressed. and my mom doesnt know cause i cant tell anyone. ive carved her name into my leg. i have her collar in my car and a picture. everyda when i get home from school i go and sit in the chair that i once looked at with her laying on the ground dying in front of me and i cry until i get that weakness in my stomach where i cant eat for days. i dont know what to do. im a senior and i cant live my life. without cring everinight. someone please help me. if it wasnt for my baby nephew i swear i wouldnt be living. and if it wasnt for my pills. i might sound like some druggie girl. but im seriousli one of the rich sweet girls that had the worse downfall where she cant get back up. ive tried just moving on. it doesnt help its been almost 4 years for my grandmas death and almost 11 monthes for my dogs pleaseeee help.

    • ANSWER:
      HEY THERE! SWEETIE THINGS WILL GET BETTER, YOU JUST
      HAVE TO BELIEVE THEY WILL. YOU SOUND SO SAD?? IAM SORRY THAT YOU ARE HURTING. I DO KNOW HOW TO HELP, YA SEE EVERYONE HAS SAD, PAINFULL THINGS HAPPEN TO THEM. YOU CAN GET THROUGH THEM BY REACHING OUT AND
      HELPING SOMEONE ELSE. COULD YOU VOLUNTEER AT ELDER CENTER, YOU WILL SEE MANY SMILES ON PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOUR GRANDMOTHER. SEE WHEN YOU WERE BORN YOU HAD TWO ANGELS AT YOUR SIDE AT ALL TIMES AND STILL DO.
      I BET YOUR GRANDMOTHER IS WATCHING OVER YOU TOO. CAN YOU ASK FOR ANOTHER DOG, MAYBE GO TO A SHELTER FOR ABANDON ANIMALS. HAPPY THOUGHTS=HAPPY LIFE. TRY HARD TO STAY IN THE NOW, LIVE THIS MOMENT NOW. LISTEN
      TO MUSIC, DANCE AND PLAY. YOU MAY HAVE TO WORK AT IT
      A LITTLE NOT TO FEEL SAD. SPEND TIME GIVING AS MUCH LOVE AS YOU CAN TO THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE AND IT WILL COME BACK TEN FOULED.

  33. QUESTION:
    What can ease the pain of my grandmothers death?
    My grandmother just passed away, I succeeded in keeping it together all day. (I didn’t want to cry in infront of my parents, I didn’t want to hinder my parents)

    but now, I can’t stop crying, I can’t stop looking at her facebook profile, and starring at the birthday cards she gave me.

    My granmother died of stage 4 liver cancer, My granmother died peacefully, she was in no pain, I visited her everyday ( but maybe 5 days) In the last three weeks. I feel really guilty, Like I should have done more, said more, hugged her more, I feel like I didn’t do enough.

    the words she said when my parents told her that she was dieing keep haunting my mind. I keep hearing her say “I can’t die! I was just starting to be happy!” I can still picture her sobbing.

    I’m scared to death I’ll forget her smile, or her laugh or her voice. I’m so very scared that I’ll forget her.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry. I still get sad when I think of my grandma.
      Anyway, you should get a scrapbook together, with memories you write down, photos, and things like that. make sure you never forget her. Maybe you can plant a tree in her memory and then when you see the tree you can remember her (or you can buy a tree in the rainforest that they will plant for you)
      Check this out http://www.rainforestforever.org/

  34. QUESTION:
    Tattoo idea of my dog plz?
    Im getting a memorial tattoo of my 9 year old cairn terrier that died of liver cancer. I was thinking about getting his face tattooed on me, but would it look better coloured or black and white??? you can look at this picture of him to help you decide what wud look better.

    http://s1121.photobucket.com/albums/l505/featheryabigant/?action=view&current=sam123.png

    and should i just get his face? or his whole body and i was thinking about putting it in the middle of my back at the top and have to hands coming in from each side? (like Gods hands, asthough hes in heaven in Gods hands) or do you think i should just have his face/body?

    I would appreciate any ideas thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      Im sorry to hear of you losing your dog. I think getting the face always looks better than the whole dog as it creates a more emotional image. It comes down to whether you want the tattoo to be a pic of your terrier or a memorial piece

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I ease the pain of my Grandmothers death?
    My grandmother just passed away, I succeeded in keeping it together all day. (I didn’t want to cry in infront of my parents, I didn’t want to hinder my parents)

    but now, I can’t stop crying, I can’t stop looking at her facebook profile, and starring at the birthday cards she gave me.

    My granmother died of stage 4 liver cancer, My granmother died peacefully, she was in no pain, I visited her everyday ( but maybe 5 days) In the last three weeks. I feel really guilty, Like I should have done more, said more, hugged her more, I feel like I didn’t do enough.

    the words she said when my parents told her that she was dieing keep haunting my mind. I keep hearing her say “I can’t die! I was just starting to be happy!” I can still picture her sobbing.

    I’m scared to death I’ll forget her smile, or her laugh or her voice. I’m so very scared that I’ll forget her.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    What does the future hold if more than 1 in 5 American children are living below the poverty line?
    A sobering picture of what’s ahead for this nation’s children… more than 20 percent of them – one in five – are living below the poverty line.

    A new study shows the economic well-being of families has plummeted to levels not seen since the 1970s… thanks to the recession, job losses and declines in income.

    Here are some of the very disturbing findings in the report funded by a private philanthropy group:

    •15.6 million children are estimated to be living in poverty
    •As many as 500-thousand children may be homeless
    •20 million children live in families where neither parent has secure employment
    •And in the last 3 years… an additional 750,000 children live in households that don’t have access to enough safe and nutritious food
    •And eating more processed and fast foods means a potential increase in obesity and all the problems that go with that
    As for education – which may be one of the few tickets out of poverty – there’s no good news on that front either.

    This report suggests the amount of time spent in school may even go down… with some states moving to shorter school weeks to save money.

    Experts say that chaotic childhoods have a significant effect on health later in life – people who grow up under lots of stress have higher rates of cancer, liver disease, respiratory disease and other ailments.

    How are kids expected to get a fair start with all this weighing against them?

    There’s one small reason to be hopeful, though. The study’s authors say children’s quality of life overall should start edging up… but that depends on the economy.

    http://caffertyfile.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/09/1-in-5-children-living-below-poverty-line/

    • ANSWER:
      When 99% are illegals collecting big welfare checks, food stamps, shopping carts loaded with lobsters,prime rib,beer, ciggies, I don’t see them having any hardships

  37. QUESTION:
    Rib pain on my right side under breast. Please help?
    Hello! I’m a 14 year old girl, no health problems what-so-ever. (That I’m aware of.)

    Every couple of months or so, I get this extreme pain in my ribs. It’s mainly on my right side, but sometimes it hurts mildly on my left side. It’s worse in the front but it hurts a bit at the back of my rib cage. Its right below my breast, and goes down about halfway my rib cage, so that rules out appendix problems because the pain’s not low enough.

    Sometimes the pain only lasts one night, but usually it lasts 3 days. The second night is always the worst when that happens. I take a bunch of Tylenol, use a heating pad, and even then I have trouble sleeping. It’s definitely at it’s worst at night.

    Um.. Right. The pain isn’t throbbing, but more constant. It’s sharp pains, but also pressure, if that makes sense. One night it was so bad that I broke down into tears, and my mom called this.. 24 hour nurse, I suppose, on the telephone. She told me I should go to the ER, but I was too scared, to be honest. Plus, I was fine the following morning. I have, however, been to the doctor. He told me it could possibly be Pre-cordial catch syndrome, but I’ve researched it and the symptoms don’t match.

    Oh, before I forget. I am NOT pregnant, there is NO chance that I could be. I’m sick of people asking me that. :P

    So other details are…
    My mom thinks it’s either extreme gas (I HIGHLY doubt it), growing pains (again, no), a pulled muscle (I know what that feels like, and it’s not the same), or, she thinks I could possibly be lactose intolerant and that’s causing the pain. I’m not sure about the last one, we’ll be watching what I eat more closely. She also thinks it could be because the way I sit and ‘slouch’, but I sit the same way constantly, and, as I said before, it only happens about every other month. But sometimes as frequently as every 2 weeks.

    She says that I’ve apparently be complaining about my ribs for years, but I can’t recall when it started. More than 4 years, at least.

    It doesn’t hurt with only deep breaths, in fact, when I breathe in deeply, the pain subsides momentarily.

    It’s not menstrual related, or anything like that. I’ve checked.

    I think I’ve covered it all…
    So I was wondering if it’s anything to do with my liver, or whatever else is inside me XD, or if it is just a growing thing. Has anyone else experienced this? Also, is there anything I can do to manage the pain besides what I’ve already done? What should I do, go to the hospital? The doctor said an X-ray and ultra sound were probably pointless, because he felt nothing abnormal in my rib when he checked… To be honest, I’m rather afraid. Just being paranoid, I reckon. Picturing cancer or tumors and whatnot. Anyways, thanks for your time, I’m sorry it was so long. If anyone has any information, it’s much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve had a similar issue just like yours for the years!! I would get a sharp pain on my right side right under my chest (I’m a guy) and it would like for half an hour to hours! It felt like there were needles surrounding my lungs so I had to take very short breaths. It was so painful that I had to go to the ER one time because I couldn’t breath. I noticed that I would always get these chest pains at night while laying down after a day of intense cardio. I got them almost everyday after football and basketball practice. The doctor said it was growing pains (it wasn’t) then thought i had fluids in my lungs which turned out negative. I still get it once in awhile but it has gotten a lot better. I get them once a month or two and they don’t hurt as bad. There wasn’t much I could do but just fight the pain. Hope this helps! You are not alone!

  38. QUESTION:
    Can we just vote the issues?
    Healthcare

    Obama’s plan says he will “Work with employers to supply healthcare” as long as employers pay a “meaningful” portion of the premiums. “Meaningful portion” What does that mean? It means it’s not going to happen. If he could legislate that employers provide insurance under those conditions, the number of businesses closing under the financial pressure would cripple our economy.

    The inevitable consequences of socialized medicine.

    We will see the rise of privately run clinics owned by Physicians that treat the wealthy and the privately insured. These places will charge more, pay Doctors more, and have the latest advances in equipment. These clinics will attract the smartest and most talented doctors and surgeons from our “free” hospitals. If you have Government insurance, you will never see them.

    Yes, there are problems with our medical system, but in an emergency you will be seen and treated properly with or without a nickel in your pocket. You will be expected to pay, but why shouldn’t you? More to the point, why should I pay for you?

    Socialized medicine will give you’re a free liver transplant or cancer treatment, if you live long enough while waiting your turn.

    Making the Medical system paperless? That would require the authoring of a web based software package in many different versions that would speak to the many different disciplines in the medical field so as not to share or needlessly replicate sensitive medical information. Most Americans are afraid to shop online and now we are going to ask them to supply all their personal information to a Government run database with literally 10’s of thousands of user names and passwords distributed throughout the medical community?

    The following is a paragraph from a Washington Post article titled “VA Takes the Lead in Paperless Care”.

    “Since 1999, the VA’s 155 hospitals, 881 clinics, 135 nursing homes and 45 rehabilitation centers have been linked by a universal medical records network. It allows any authorized person to look at 5.3 million patients’ records — everything from a nurse’s note written during a hospital stay, to the result of a blood test drawn at a clinic visit, to the moving-picture film of a coronary angiogram done in a cardiology lab.”

    Any “Authorized” person, or hacker! Is this the place you want the records for your last PAP smear? AIDS test? STD treatment? Phyc exam? Think your information is safe from disgruntled employees? From hackers? Forever? You will have no choice but participate.

    “Stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas”. Like it or not we are competing in a global economy. To stay competitive companies must lower their costs. Unfortunately that means finding less expensive work forces, less restrictive controls, and lower tax rates. Giving tax breaks does not cause companies to ship jobs overseas; it is encouragement to keep them here!

    If you vote for one over the other because you “like” one candidate or “hate” the other instead of voting the issues, you do us all an extreme disservice. You should not be allowed to vote.

    Dislike Bush? Me too. I also hate hitting my foot with a hammer but that does not mean hitting my head instead is the answer!

    All that being said, does McCain have all, or any of the answers? Maybe. Maybe not. The point is Obama’s plans will hurt this country.

    Before Iraq, when every Congress member and US Senator were convinced (through lies, miscommunication, or arrant information) O’bama says he was against the war, I would like to know one thing. What information did this Junior State Senator from Illinois know that the entire US Senate & House did not know and how did he know it? What did this man that wants to be our President base his decision on?

    • ANSWER:
      Ok I have to just say that was well worth reading…I certainly hope you send that in to the newspaper!

      Why aren’t you running?

      More people would understand this election and how important it is, if people like you were educating them on just some of the issues! Please don’t stop telling people this – Our country needs to move forward, just not in the direction B.O. wants to take it!

  39. QUESTION:
    many questions about court/shoplifted (extremely long)?
    i’ll start off by giving you some background info about me
    i’m 18, college freshman this fall. i party, but i do not smoke/do drugs or drink. i don’t look down on it, i just don’t want to get addicted to it. i’ve always worked in retail. a&f, armani, juicy and metropark so i’ve been taught how to catch shoplifters and learned tricks myself….i know bad =( (OH and NONE of them put pictures of shoplifters in the back rooms! obviously a diff story with safeway!) i first shoplifted when i was 16, when my cousins taught me. they’ve matured and are too smart to jeopardize their jobs (lawyer & engineer) so i doubt they do it anymore.

    i got caught at safeway. worth of stuff. the LP was this guy that went to my HIGH SCHOOL! he’s older than me, but i had physics with him. he was rude..i never talked to him before, but i remember my friends were throwing around a hat one day when my friend yelled, “ew, let’s put it on a gross person!” then put it on his head….he just sat there with the class looking at him. i told them they were b1tches in a joking way but didn’t do anything else =/ he said nothing..they’re kind of the “popular kids” at school and he was kinda dorky…anyway, he was pushing the officer to arrest me, telling him i probably shoplift everyday and am really good at it, but the officer let me go. i didn’t say much. i have a court date in 2 weeks. can anyone tell me what it’s gonna be like in court? please don’t give me some dumba$$ 9 yr old answer saying i’ll get the death penality. or answers like these http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AoTWeBGNqbIpYqkCWZ.VWPwjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20090315070719AA6MJe6
    ha-ha you guys are hilllllllllarious!

    anyways if you can give me some REAL answers i’d appreciate it a bunch!

    oh btw, i don’t work because i’ve been taking care of my mom who broke her arm and knee by tripping over my dog’s toy in the living room (yea i know) she’s too weak to use the crutches she has so i’m pretty much on call! my dad has lung cancer + diabetes + problems with his liver (heavy drinker, smokes) and goes in and out of the clinic, so i just take care of them. i don’t want to bring this up in court though. should i ask my cousin (the lawyer) to come with me?
    oh yea, thanks for the first 2 answers, you guys are fast! this is my first time asking a question so i will be trying to figure out how to pick ‘best answer’ haha
    fyi i think my little “background information” did help and i think that’s a part of the reason the officer let me go.

    • ANSWER:
      You’ll be one of maybe 50 to 100 people on the docket that the judge will see that day for various minor offences. It’s a lot of waiting around and not a big deal. Shoplifting is a big problem these days because of the economy so you may get a slap on the wrist.

      They call your name, you go up before the judge, you answer their questions, and you pay a fine. You may get probation but I doubt that will happen. If you violate it there would be no place to put you. Jails were overcrowded before the economy went down. Your fine will be at least 0.

      Additionally, a store may opt to ban you from entering that location or all locations for a period of 1 to 5 years.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can common sense be applied to campaign promises?
    Applying common sense to Obama’s campaign promises.

    Healthcare

    Obama’s plan says he will “Work with employers to supply healthcare” as long as employers pay a “meaningful” portion of the premiums. “Meaningful portion” What does that mean? It means it’s not going to happen. If he could legislate that employers provide insurance under those conditions, the number of businesses closing under the financial pressure would cripple our economy.

    The inevitable consequences of socialized medicine.

    We will see the rise of privately run clinics owned by Physicians that treat the wealthy and the privately insured. These places will charge more, pay Doctors more, and have the latest advances in equipment. These clinics will attract the smartest and most talented doctors and surgeons from our “free” hospitals. If you have Government insurance, you will never see them.

    Yes, there are problems with our medical system, but in an emergency you will be seen and treated properly with or without a nickel in your pocket. You will be expected to pay, but why shouldn’t you? More to the point, why should I pay for you?

    Socialized medicine will give you’re a free liver transplant or cancer treatment, if you live long enough while waiting your turn.

    Making the Medical system paperless? That would require the authoring of a web based software package in many different versions that would speak to the many different disciplines in the medical field so as not to share or needlessly replicate sensitive medical information. Most Americans are afraid to shop online and now we are going to ask them to supply all their personal information to a Government run database with literally 10’s of thousands of user names and passwords distributed throughout the medical community?

    The following is a paragraph from a Washington Post article titled “VA Takes the Lead in Paperless Care”.

    “Since 1999, the VA’s 155 hospitals, 881 clinics, 135 nursing homes and 45 rehabilitation centers have been linked by a universal medical records network. It allows any authorized person to look at 5.3 million patients’ records — everything from a nurse’s note written during a hospital stay, to the result of a blood test drawn at a clinic visit, to the moving-picture film of a coronary angiogram done in a cardiology lab.”

    Any “Authorized” person, or hacker! Is this the place you want the records for your last PAP smear? AIDS test? STD treatment? Phyc exam? Have a look at this article
    (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,435681,00.html) Think your information is safe?

    “Stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas”. Like it or not we are competing in a global economy. To stay competitive companies must lower their costs. Unfortunately that means finding less expensive work forces, less restrictive controls, and lower tax rates. Giving tax breaks does not cause companies to ship jobs overseas; it is encouragement to keep them here!

    If you vote for one over the other because you “like” one candidate or “hate” the other instead of voting the issues, you do us all an extreme disservice. You should not be allowed to vote.

    Dislike Bush? Me too. I also hate hitting my foot with a hammer but that does not mean hitting my head instead is the answer!

    All that being said, Does McCain have all, or any of the answers? Maybe. Maybe not. The point is Obama’s plans will hurt this country

    • ANSWER:
      I agree wholeheartedly.

  41. QUESTION:
    They promise things they cannot possible deliver!?
    Can we apply common sense to Obama’s campaign promises.?

    Healthcare

    Obama’s plan says he will “Work with employers to supply healthcare” as long as employers pay a “meaningful” portion of the premiums. “Meaningful portion” What does that mean? It means it’s not going to happen. If he could legislate that employers provide insurance under those conditions, the number of businesses closing under the financial pressure would cripple our economy.

    The inevitable consequences of socialized medicine.

    We will see the rise of privately run clinics owned by Physicians that treat the wealthy and the privately insured. These places will charge more, pay Doctors more, and have the latest advances in equipment. These clinics will attract the smartest and most talented doctors and surgeons from our “free” hospitals. If you have Government insurance, you will never see them.

    Yes, there are problems with our medical system, but in an emergency you will be seen and treated properly with or without a nickel in your pocket. You will be expected to pay, but why shouldn’t you? More to the point, why should I pay for you?

    Socialized medicine will give you’re a free liver transplant or cancer treatment, if you live long enough while waiting your turn.

    Making the Medical system paperless? That would require the authoring of a web based software package in many different versions that would speak to the many different disciplines in the medical field so as not to share or needlessly replicate sensitive medical information. Most Americans are afraid to shop online and now we are going to ask them to supply all their personal information to a Government run database with literally 10’s of thousands of user names and passwords distributed throughout the medical community?

    The following is a paragraph from a Washington Post article titled “VA Takes the Lead in Paperless Care”.

    “Since 1999, the VA’s 155 hospitals, 881 clinics, 135 nursing homes and 45 rehabilitation centers have been linked by a universal medical records network. It allows any authorized person to look at 5.3 million patients’ records — everything from a nurse’s note written during a hospital stay, to the result of a blood test drawn at a clinic visit, to the moving-picture film of a coronary angiogram done in a cardiology lab.”

    Any “Authorized” person, or hacker! Is this the place you want the records for your last PAP smear? AIDS test? STD treatment? Phyc exam? Think your information is safe from disgruntled employees? From hackers? Forever? You will have no choice but participate.

    “Stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas”. Like it or not we are competing in a global economy. To stay competitive companies must lower their costs. Unfortunately that means finding less expensive work forces, less restrictive controls, and lower tax rates. Giving tax breaks does not cause companies to ship jobs overseas; it is encouragement to keep them here!

    If you vote for one over the other because you “like” one candidate or “hate” the other instead of voting the issues, you do us all an extreme disservice. You should not be allowed to vote.

    Dislike Bush? Me too. I also hate hitting my foot with a hammer but that does not mean hitting my head instead is the answer!

    All that being said, does McCain have all, or any of the answers? Maybe. Maybe not. The point is Obama’s plans will hurt this country.

    Before Iraq, when every Congress member and US Senator were convinced (through lies, miscommunication, or arrant information) O’bama says he was against the war, I would like to know one thing. What information did this Junior State Senator from Illinois know that the entire US Senate & House did not know and how did he know it? What did this man that wants to be our President base his decision on?

    • ANSWER:
      They are politicians -so you expect them to really follow through on their ” promises”???? A politician will say whatever they think will get them elected and rarely has any intent or interest in following through on their promises.

  42. QUESTION:
    Do we vote for the issues or the man?
    Healthcare

    Obama’s plan says he will “Work with employers to supply healthcare” as long as employers pay a “meaningful” portion of the premiums. “Meaningful portion” What does that mean? It means it’s not going to happen. If he could legislate that employers provide insurance under those conditions, the number of businesses closing under the financial pressure would cripple our economy.

    The inevitable consequences of socialized medicine.

    We will see the rise of privately run clinics owned by Physicians that treat the wealthy and the privately insured. These places will charge more, pay Doctors more, and have the latest advances in equipment. These clinics will attract the smartest and most talented doctors and surgeons from our “free” hospitals. If you have Government insurance, you will never see them.

    Yes, there are problems with our medical system, but in an emergency you will be seen and treated properly with or without a nickel in your pocket. You will be expected to pay, but why shouldn’t you? More to the point, why should I pay for you?

    Socialized medicine will give you’re a free liver transplant or cancer treatment, if you live long enough while waiting your turn.

    Making the Medical system paperless? That would require the authoring of a web based software package in many different versions that would speak to the many different disciplines in the medical field so as not to share or needlessly replicate sensitive medical information. Most Americans are afraid to shop online and now we are going to ask them to supply all their personal information to a Government run database with literally 10’s of thousands of user names and passwords distributed throughout the medical community?

    The following is a paragraph from a Washington Post article titled “VA Takes the Lead in Paperless Care”.

    “Since 1999, the VA’s 155 hospitals, 881 clinics, 135 nursing homes and 45 rehabilitation centers have been linked by a universal medical records network. It allows any authorized person to look at 5.3 million patients’ records — everything from a nurse’s note written during a hospital stay, to the result of a blood test drawn at a clinic visit, to the moving-picture film of a coronary angiogram done in a cardiology lab.”

    Any “Authorized” person, or hacker! Is this the place you want the records for your last PAP smear? AIDS test? STD treatment? Phyc exam? Think your information is safe from disgruntled employees? From hackers? Forever? You will have no choice but participate.

    “Stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas”. Like it or not we are competing in a global economy. To stay competitive companies must lower their costs. Unfortunately that means finding less expensive work forces, less restrictive controls, and lower tax rates. Giving tax breaks does not cause companies to ship jobs overseas; it is encouragement to keep them here!

    If you vote for one over the other because you “like” one candidate or “hate” the other instead of voting the issues, you do us all an extreme disservice. You should not be allowed to vote.

    Dislike Bush? Me too. I also hate hitting my foot with a hammer but that does not mean hitting my head instead is the answer!

    All that being said, does McCain have all, or any of the answers? Maybe. Maybe not. The point is Obama’s plans will hurt this country.

    Before Iraq, when every Congress member and US Senator were convinced (through lies, miscommunication, or arrant information) O’bama says he was against the war, I would like to know one thing. What information did this Junior State Senator from Illinois know that the entire US Senate & House did not know and how did he know it? What did this man that wants to be our President base his decision on?

    • ANSWER:
      You paint a rosy picture of a health care system that fails millions of Americans and attack the things that have been done to improve it.

      I am glad you are satisfied with the status quo but I am not.

      There are significant challenges in reforming the medical system, but they have to be faced and at least Obama is actually talking about fixing them – not simply advocating MORE deregulation like McCain. The free market approach we have taken to health care has caused costs to soar and there needs to be a new way.

      As to your question – people are voting for Obama because of both.

  43. QUESTION:
    He can’t do for you what he says he can?
    Can we apply common sense to Obama’s campaign promises.?

    Healthcare

    Obama’s plan says he will “Work with employers to supply healthcare” as long as employers pay a “meaningful” portion of the premiums. “Meaningful portion” What does that mean? It means it’s not going to happen. If he could legislate that employers provide insurance under those conditions, the number of businesses closing under the financial pressure would cripple our economy.

    The inevitable consequences of socialized medicine.

    We will see the rise of privately run clinics owned by Physicians that treat the wealthy and the privately insured. These places will charge more, pay Doctors more, and have the latest advances in equipment. These clinics will attract the smartest and most talented doctors and surgeons from our “free” hospitals. If you have Government insurance, you will never see them.

    Yes, there are problems with our medical system, but in an emergency you will be seen and treated properly with or without a nickel in your pocket. You will be expected to pay, but why shouldn’t you? More to the point, why should I pay for you?

    Socialized medicine will give you’re a free liver transplant or cancer treatment, if you live long enough while waiting your turn.

    Making the Medical system paperless? That would require the authoring of a web based software package in many different versions that would speak to the many different disciplines in the medical field so as not to share or needlessly replicate sensitive medical information. Most Americans are afraid to shop online and now we are going to ask them to supply all their personal information to a Government run database with literally 10’s of thousands of user names and passwords distributed throughout the medical community?

    The following is a paragraph from a Washington Post article titled “VA Takes the Lead in Paperless Care”.

    “Since 1999, the VA’s 155 hospitals, 881 clinics, 135 nursing homes and 45 rehabilitation centers have been linked by a universal medical records network. It allows any authorized person to look at 5.3 million patients’ records — everything from a nurse’s note written during a hospital stay, to the result of a blood test drawn at a clinic visit, to the moving-picture film of a coronary angiogram done in a cardiology lab.”

    Any “Authorized” person, or hacker! Is this the place you want the records for your last PAP smear? AIDS test? STD treatment? Phyc exam? Think your information is safe from disgruntled employees? From hackers? Forever? You will have no choice but participate.

    “Stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas”. Like it or not we are competing in a global economy. To stay competitive companies must lower their costs. Unfortunately that means finding less expensive work forces, less restrictive controls, and lower tax rates. Giving tax breaks does not cause companies to ship jobs overseas; it is encouragement to keep them here!

    If you vote for one over the other because you “like” one candidate or “hate” the other instead of voting the issues, you do us all an extreme disservice. You should not be allowed to vote.

    Dislike Bush? Me too. I also hate hitting my foot with a hammer but that does not mean hitting my head instead is the answer!

    All that being said, does McCain have all, or any of the answers? Maybe. Maybe not. The point is Obama’s plans will hurt this country.

    Before Iraq, when every Congress member and US Senator were convinced (through lies, miscommunication, or arrant information) O’bama says he was against the war, I would like to know one thing. What information did this Junior State Senator from Illinois know that the entire US Senate & House did not know and how did he know it? What did this man that wants to be our President base his decision on?

    • ANSWER:
      No. I do not pay attention to what politicians say, but rather look at what they have done. Since Obama has no track record, that is hard to do. However, he ran in Illinois for the state senate, on a platform of lowering taxes. Once in, he voted every single time to raise taxes. Since he has been in the US senate, he has voted 95 times to raise taxes. He never voted to lower them. Now, he has said that he wants to give the middle class a break and tax everyone who makes over 250 thousand a year. That was a couple of days ago. Yesterday he changed that saying that he wanted to tax everyone making over 200 thousand a year. Today Biden said that they plan on taxing everyone making over 200 a year. Well, since he has repeatedly voted to raise taxes on someone making 42,000 and above, I think that is the closest to the truth. Plus, he plans on taxing your inheritance, 48 percent across the board. Plus, he is eliminating the 500,000 tax exclusion for the first 500,000 that one makes on the sale of their house. Instead of taxing the remainder that you have made out at 15 percent, he plans on raising that to 28 percent. Yet, the law has it capped at 25 percent. Obama is the Tax Master and he will tax your sneezes if he knows about them.
      I agree with you on his socialized medicine. I much prefer a 5,000 tax credit given back to my family.
      My sentiments exactly about your take on his position on Iraq. 76 out of 99 senators voted for the war and they were privy to the intelligence reports. Barack was not involved and I am sick of hearing him brag. That man talks about his accompishments, but I don’t see any. I prefer to judge a politician by what they have done, rather than what they say they will do or have done.
      Great post. Thanks! You are a patriot!
      McCain/Palin 08

  44. QUESTION:
    If elected, how much harm can he really do?
    Healthcare

    Obama’s plan says he will “Work with employers to supply healthcare” as long as employers pay a “meaningful” portion of the premiums. “Meaningful portion” What does that mean? It means it’s not going to happen. If he could legislate that employers provide insurance under those conditions, the number of businesses closing under the financial pressure would cripple our economy.

    The inevitable consequences of socialized medicine.

    We will see the rise of privately run clinics owned by Physicians that treat the wealthy and the privately insured. These places will charge more, pay Doctors more, and have the latest advances in equipment. These clinics will attract the smartest and most talented doctors and surgeons from our “free” hospitals. If you have Government insurance, you will never see them.

    Yes, there are problems with our medical system, but in an emergency you will be seen and treated properly with or without a nickel in your pocket. You will be expected to pay, but why shouldn’t you? More to the point, why should I pay for you?

    Socialized medicine will give you’re a free liver transplant or cancer treatment, if you live long enough while waiting your turn.

    Making the Medical system paperless? That would require the authoring of a web based software package in many different versions that would speak to the many different disciplines in the medical field so as not to share or needlessly replicate sensitive medical information. Most Americans are afraid to shop online and now we are going to ask them to supply all their personal information to a Government run database with literally 10’s of thousands of user names and passwords distributed throughout the medical community?

    The following is a paragraph from a Washington Post article titled “VA Takes the Lead in Paperless Care”.

    “Since 1999, the VA’s 155 hospitals, 881 clinics, 135 nursing homes and 45 rehabilitation centers have been linked by a universal medical records network. It allows any authorized person to look at 5.3 million patients’ records — everything from a nurse’s note written during a hospital stay, to the result of a blood test drawn at a clinic visit, to the moving-picture film of a coronary angiogram done in a cardiology lab.”

    Any “Authorized” person, or hacker! Is this the place you want the records for your last PAP smear? AIDS test? STD treatment? Phyc exam? Think your information is safe from disgruntled employees? From hackers? Forever? You will have no choice but participate.

    “Stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas”. Like it or not we are competing in a global economy. To stay competitive companies must lower their costs. Unfortunately that means finding less expensive work forces, less restrictive controls, and lower tax rates. Giving tax breaks does not cause companies to ship jobs overseas; it is encouragement to keep them here!

    If you vote for one over the other because you “like” one candidate or “hate” the other instead of voting the issues, you do us all an extreme disservice. You should not be allowed to vote.

    Dislike Bush? Me too. I also hate hitting my foot with a hammer but that does not mean hitting my head instead is the answer!

    All that being said, does McCain have all, or any of the answers? Maybe. Maybe not. The point is Obama’s plans will hurt this country.

    Before Iraq, when every Congress member and US Senator were convinced (through lies, miscommunication, or arrant information) O’bama says he was against the war, I would like to know one thing. What information did this Junior State Senator from Illinois know that the entire US Senate & House did not know and how did he know it? What did this man that wants to be our President base his decision on?

    • ANSWER:
      nothing could be worse then bush. anything is a step up. a rock is a step up. he is a god compared to george bush. he ran the country into the ground, has a war going so his cronies can benefit. election fraud, this is only a few of the things he has done, anything or person cant do us harm. its only up from here.

  45. QUESTION:
    I need healthcare and I need it now!?
    Can we apply common sense to Obama’s campaign promises.?

    Healthcare

    Obama’s plan says he will “Work with employers to supply healthcare” as long as employers pay a “meaningful” portion of the premiums. “Meaningful portion” What does that mean? It means it’s not going to happen. If he could legislate that employers provide insurance under those conditions, the number of businesses closing under the financial pressure would cripple our economy.

    The inevitable consequences of socialized medicine.

    We will see the rise of privately run clinics owned by Physicians that treat the wealthy and the privately insured. These places will charge more, pay Doctors more, and have the latest advances in equipment. These clinics will attract the smartest and most talented doctors and surgeons from our “free” hospitals. If you have Government insurance, you will never see them.

    Yes, there are problems with our medical system, but in an emergency you will be seen and treated properly with or without a nickel in your pocket. You will be expected to pay, but why shouldn’t you? More to the point, why should I pay for you?

    Socialized medicine will give you’re a free liver transplant or cancer treatment, if you live long enough while waiting your turn.

    Making the Medical system paperless? That would require the authoring of a web based software package in many different versions that would speak to the many different disciplines in the medical field so as not to share or needlessly replicate sensitive medical information. Most Americans are afraid to shop online and now we are going to ask them to supply all their personal information to a Government run database with literally 10’s of thousands of user names and passwords distributed throughout the medical community?

    The following is a paragraph from a Washington Post article titled “VA Takes the Lead in Paperless Care”.

    “Since 1999, the VA’s 155 hospitals, 881 clinics, 135 nursing homes and 45 rehabilitation centers have been linked by a universal medical records network. It allows any authorized person to look at 5.3 million patients’ records — everything from a nurse’s note written during a hospital stay, to the result of a blood test drawn at a clinic visit, to the moving-picture film of a coronary angiogram done in a cardiology lab.”

    Any “Authorized” person, or hacker! Is this the place you want the records for your last PAP smear? AIDS test? STD treatment? Phyc exam? Think your information is safe from disgruntled employees? From hackers? Forever? You will have no choice but participate.

    “Stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas”. Like it or not we are competing in a global economy. To stay competitive companies must lower their costs. Unfortunately that means finding less expensive work forces, less restrictive controls, and lower tax rates. Giving tax breaks does not cause companies to ship jobs overseas; it is encouragement to keep them here!

    If you vote for one over the other because you “like” one candidate or “hate” the other instead of voting the issues, you do us all an extreme disservice. You should not be allowed to vote.

    Dislike Bush? Me too. I also hate hitting my foot with a hammer but that does not mean hitting my head instead is the answer!

    All that being said, does McCain have all, or any of the answers? Maybe. Maybe not. The point is Obama’s plans will hurt this country.

    Before Iraq, when every Congress member and US Senator were convinced (through lies, miscommunication, or arrant information) O’bama says he was against the war, I would like to know one thing. What information did this Junior State Senator from Illinois know that the entire US Senate & House did not know and how did he know it? What did this man that wants to be our President base his decision on?

    • ANSWER:
      Your right free health care won’t work. People like the word free while it will be free it won’t be the best health care provided you will die of cancer or AIDS or whatever health risk we may have before we receive the care. Get ready to stand in line if Obama is elected,under this free health care. My mother had free health care in her country she said it could take up to 3 years before she could see a doctor and even longer if she needed any treatments.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can we apply common sense to Obama’s campaign promises.?

    Healthcare

    Obama’s plan says he will “Work with employers to supply healthcare” as long as employers pay a “meaningful” portion of the premiums. “Meaningful portion” What does that mean? It means it’s not going to happen. If he could legislate that employers provide insurance under those conditions, the number of businesses closing under the financial pressure would cripple our economy.

    The inevitable consequences of socialized medicine.

    We will see the rise of privately run clinics owned by Physicians that treat the wealthy and the privately insured. These places will charge more, pay Doctors more, and have the latest advances in equipment. These clinics will attract the smartest and most talented doctors and surgeons from our “free” hospitals. If you have Government insurance, you will never see them.

    Yes, there are problems with our medical system, but in an emergency you will be seen and treated properly with or without a nickel in your pocket. You will be expected to pay, but why shouldn’t you? More to the point, why should I pay for you?

    Socialized medicine will give you’re a free liver transplant or cancer treatment, if you live long enough while waiting your turn.

    Making the Medical system paperless? That would require the authoring of a web based software package in many different versions that would speak to the many different disciplines in the medical field so as not to share or needlessly replicate sensitive medical information. Most Americans are afraid to shop online and now we are going to ask them to supply all their personal information to a Government run database with literally 10’s of thousands of user names and passwords distributed throughout the medical community?

    The following is a paragraph from a Washington Post article titled “VA Takes the Lead in Paperless Care”.

    “Since 1999, the VA’s 155 hospitals, 881 clinics, 135 nursing homes and 45 rehabilitation centers have been linked by a universal medical records network. It allows any authorized person to look at 5.3 million patients’ records — everything from a nurse’s note written during a hospital stay, to the result of a blood test drawn at a clinic visit, to the moving-picture film of a coronary angiogram done in a cardiology lab.”

    Any “Authorized” person, or hacker! Is this the place you want the records for your last PAP smear? AIDS test? STD treatment? Phyc exam? Think your information is safe from disgruntled employees? From hackers? Forever? You will have no choice but participate.

    “Stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas”. Like it or not we are competing in a global economy. To stay competitive companies must lower their costs. Unfortunately that means finding less expensive work forces, less restrictive controls, and lower tax rates. Giving tax breaks does not cause companies to ship jobs overseas; it is encouragement to keep them here!

    If you vote for one over the other because you “like” one candidate or “hate” the other instead of voting the issues, you do us all an extreme disservice. You should not be allowed to vote.

    Dislike Bush? Me too. I also hate hitting my foot with a hammer but that does not mean hitting my head instead is the answer!

    All that being said, does McCain have all, or any of the answers? Maybe. Maybe not. The point is Obama’s plans will hurt this country.

    Before Iraq, when every Congress member and US Senator were convinced (through lies, miscommunication, or arrant information) O’bama says he was against the war, I would like to know one thing. What information did this Junior State Senator from Illinois know that the entire US Senate & House did not know and how did he know it? What did this man that wants to be our President base his decision on?

    • ANSWER:
      If your not a democrat, don’t try to make sense out of it .We believe because it is possible..you don’t because you have no vision. You hoard when there is enough … You pay little and want more because you think you are entitled… republicans are born greedy,afraid and paranoid. By no choice of yours ,you are born that way.

  47. QUESTION:
    Had two ct scans done and nothing…?
    I had two ct scans done recently and they didn’t find any stones tumors or mass on the pictures and the doctors both said I don’t have cancer but I been having weak flow of urine when I urine they have found microscopic blood in my urine like 6 times and recently the urologist did not find it with my recent urine test. I been having buttocks pain and pain in my groin area. Now if I did have bladder cancer or any other cancer related to the urine tract and it was advanced wouldn’t the ct scan detect mass if it has spread to liver lungs bone etc.. Please respond thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      The CT scan would have detected a tumor.

  48. QUESTION:
    I am extremely skinny, i’m scared there is something really wrong. totally wrong?
    I’ve always been a skinny person but i realised that as I’m getting older I’m becoming more skinny. No, I’m not under any pressure, I’m very happy and content at the moment, I’m 30 not a child that needs milk! unfortunately both parents had cancer so there’s a limit to my beef intake and fried food intake even though I only stopped eating these last year after my mum died. but all along I’ve always eaten anything and everything from ice cream to chicken to potaotes….. Everyone around me gains weight from eating the same thing and most times eat even less.
    I’m scared there might be some medical problem, i dont know, maybe kidney or liver or AIDS?

    my weight fluctuates between 48kg and 50kg, i look like those pictures of the anorexic models they circulated one time.

    What should I do? I don’t have doctors around here ready to listen, the idiots told me not to worry that i should be lucky i’m slim but I feel there’s something wrong. close friends and family ask me sometimes if I feel o.k, because they can see I look really frail
    In feel good though, no pain or anything.
    what should I do? do i do a test? what sort of test would it be? thanks all

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing is seriously wrong, you just have a very very ectomorphic body type probably.

      http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/becker3.htm Take the test, and it will tell you what to do.

      What you might want to do is gain some muscle and get a little fat. You probably look very skinny because of your body type and the fact that you have no muscle at all. Try to eat the most FATTIEST foods you can think of. Ice cream won’t do anything. Try eating stuff thats pure fat. And a little meat/protein wouldnt hurt, just because your parents died of cancer doesnt mean you have to limit meat intake greatly. Fried food yes limit, but keep goin with the meat.

      I am not saying scarf down food, just saying eat stuff that’s fatty for a change. Junk. Many people would kill to eat like you and be skinny, but hey life isn’t fair. For the weight training, it will tell you what to do.

  49. QUESTION:
    When I am on my period, I get some weird stuff. help?
    When I am on my period, I sometimes check and see that, on my pad, their is a “liver looking” piece of meat or something. I am scared to tell my mom because i’m not sure if she will over react. Sometimes, I get pain inside of me (atleast that’s how I feel) and that only happens when I sit down or stand up. I’m scared I might have a desease or something… By “desease” I mean Cancer, since that is common in my family. Can anyone help me? I used to think I would have blood clots (the things I get during my period) but so far, I haven’t found any pictures that relate to what comes out of me. I’m scared. Can someone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      calm down its fine and normal…there just blood clots and it happens… and the pains your experiencing are just menstrual pains nothing to worry about.

  50. QUESTION:
    Why are such strict warning labels required on tobacco products and so little else?
    Yes, banning smoking in public places improves the experience for everyone (except the smoker)

    But why are warning labels so fierce for cigarettes? WARNING: YOU WILL GET CANCER AND DIE A PAINFUL DEATH ONE DAY is basically the gist of it. And now they’re adding gory pictures? Why so harsh?

    What about adding warning labels to beer? WARNING: ALCOHOL IS A DANGEROUS DRUG THAT DESTROYS YOUR LIVER AND MAKES YOU DO HORRIBLE THINGS

    What about cars? WARNING: HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS DIE EVERY YEAR IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS. Add some gore for fun too

    Fatty foods? DONUTS ARE EXTREMELY UNHEALTHY AND WILL DESTROY YOUR TEETH AND GIVE YOU DIABETES

    Note: I am not a smoker. I just think their rights are being violated
    They could just as easily focus on the addictive nature of cigarettes, but they choose to focus on health effects, so I think that being addictive is besides the point

    • ANSWER:
      Smoking is very addictive. There are very few smokers out there that you an say are just social smokers. If you smoke, you generally smoke all the time which does not happen with alcohol. I have a huge family and all of us drink beer or have some drinks at a wedding or at a bar from time to time. None of us drink everyday or even every week. None of us are alcoholics. There are many people just like us and out of the overall population, not many are alcoholics. I’m just suggesting this could be the reason alcohol is not focused on so much like smoking is because not so many abuse it. I do agree that both are bad when used in excess. Alcohol is even more dangerous to the public in the fact that innocent people are killed every day by drunk drivers. Smoking does not cause someone to drive erratically and kill innocent people.

      I believe the cigarette companies would put that labeling on whether or not the government forced them to do it. Smokers don’t pay attention to it. I know because I was a smoker for over 20 years. I quit 7 years ago. No one loved to smoke more than me. Those labels protect the cigarette companies from millions of lawsuits from the families of dead smokers. You know how a jury would rule. They would give millions to each family that lost a loved one without that labeling on the pack. I might add that I lost my brother to lung cancer a little over a year ago from smoking. I wish he would have paid attention to that label but the addiction was too strong for him to quit. He tried many times and failed.


Liver Cancer Operation

Liver cancer also known as primary or metastasis hepatic carcinoma is a fairly rare form of cancer in the western world (1% of all cancers) but much more common in Africa and parts of Asia (10% to 50% of all cancers). It is much more prevalent in men and incidence increases with age. Liver cancer is rapidly fatal, usually within 6 months from gastrointestinal hemorrhage, hepatic failure or metastasis.

Types of Liver Cancer:
Most primary liver tumors are known as hepatomas (hepatocellular carcinoma and primary lower cell carcinoma). Some primary liver cancers originate in the bile duct and these are known as cholangiomas. Some rare liver cancers include Kupffer cell sarcoma and hepatoblastomas (which occur almost exclusively in children and are usually respectable and curable). Metastatic liver cancer is 20 times more common than primary liver cancer and after cirrhosis this is the leading form of liver related death.

Signs and Symptoms:
Liver cancer does not normally cause symptoms until it is in an advanced stage. Clinical effects of advanced liver cancers include:
1. A mass in the right upper side.
2. Tender, nodular liver on palpation
3. Severe pain in the epigastrium or upper right side
4. Weight loss, anorexia, weakness, fever
5. Occasional jaundice or ascites (fluid in the abdomen)
Causes of Liver Cancer:
The exact cause of liver cancer is unknown in adults but in children it may be a genetic disease. Adult liver carcinomas may result from environmental exposure to carcinogens such as mold, contrast media (no longer in use), androgens and oral estrogens, the hepatitis B virus or by damage to the liver due to cirrhosis caused by too much prolonged imbibing of alcohol.

Diagose:
Liver cancer is difficult to diagnose in the presence of cirrhosis, but several tests can help identify it: The combination of an imaging study (ultrasound, CT, or MRI scans) and an elevated blood level of alpha-fetoprotein will most effectively diagnose liver cancer, electrolyte studies may indicate increased sodium retention, a liver biopsy can make a definitive diagnosis.

Liver Treatment:
Treatments for primary liver cancer depend on the extent (stage) of the disease, age, overall health, feelings and personal preferences. Surgery is the most effective treatment for primary liver cancer, but this is not always possible due to the size or position of the tumor. Radiofrequency ablation is an option for people with small, unrespectable hepatocellular tumors and for some types of metastatic liver cancers. During this procedure, the hepatic artery (the artery from which liver cancers derive their blood supply) is blocked, and chemotherapy drugs are injected between the blockage and the liver. Cryoablation may be an option for people with inoperable primary and metastasis liver cancers. Removing the whole liver and replacing it with a liver from another person is another possible form of treatment for primary liver cancer.

Even when treatments fail to provide much improvement in the liver cancer itself, pain and other signs and symptoms caused by liver cancer can be aggressively treated to improve quality of life. In general, the treatments available for children are the same as for adults, and the best approach depends on the stage and type of cancer as well as the child’s age and overall health.

Now day’s natural remedies are very popular and used as alternative treatment for liver problem.

Read more on Herbal Remedies for Liver Cancer and Herbal Supplements for Liver Health

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    if a person has liver cancer, and they are cut open during a liver operation, doesn’t that spread the cancer
    more, after air hits it? or is that just a myth?

    • ANSWER:
      The increased chances of cancer spreading during or after a surgery have been blown out of proportion. There is a chance that the surgery can let the cancer spread, but there is also the same chance that it will spread on its own. Each case is different. It depends greatly on the patient and the type of cancer.
      It is very important to understand a diagnoses of Hep C does not mean you have or will get liver cancer. It just means your chances went up.
      I lost my best friend 3 years ago to liver failure and Hep C and it had nothing to do with him having cancer.
      You have alot of things to find out about your diagnoses before you consider cancer. I know the time after finding out you have Hep C is hectic but remember, We do Survive, We do Live on.
      Many people report few or no symptoms during the acute phase of HCV infection. Most people with chronic HCV also do not have symptoms and lead relatively normal lives. However, others experience mild flu-like symptoms including nausea, fatigue, fever, headaches, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and muscle or joint pain. Over time (often years or even decades) people with chronic HCV may develop various symptoms related to liver damage. Chronic HCV is also associated with a wide variety of related conditions.

  2. QUESTION:
    can liver cancer be cured when operation is not an option coz the cancer is spread to the portal vein?

    • ANSWER:
      If it cannot be resected then no it cannot be cured. Treatment may increase life expectancy, but it is not a cure. I am sorry.

  3. QUESTION:
    my sister has stage4 rectum cancer and spread to liver…. had operation to re move rectum?
    now they will do chemo. and remove spots on liver…..i hope it works did anyone else have success with cancer on liver…treated with chemo…

    • ANSWER:
      The purpose of the chemo is (if it succeeds) to eliminate any tiny metastasis which can not be seen on CT. Sometimes it eliminates also big metastasis.
      The chemo itself can get life prolongation on the average of about two years
      If they decide to do the operation on the liver -it means that they think that the cancer is contained in isolated places.
      The statistics today is that liver surgery can result in 20% cure rate (and a much higher percent of patients get life prolongation). Some institutes even claim that they can get cure rates as high as 40%-70%.

  4. QUESTION:
    I was just wondering how long the life expectancy of liver cancer at the fourth stage was?
    My dad was just diagnosed with liver and colon cancer, he just got an operation and removed the colon cancer and he has liver cancer at the fourth stage. He is going through chemotherapy right now and i was wondering what his life expectancy was going to be and what is the worst possible thing that could happen with the chemo, we are figuring he will be on it for roughly 4 months and then a major surgery and then chemo again for another 6months to make sure everything is gone… if all goes well.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think your dad has liver cancer, as it is far more likely that he only has colon cancer with mets to the liver. I am sorry, but in this situation the 5year survival rate is only about 5%. He is being treated with chemo to buy him more time not to cure him. At this point the worst thing that can happen with the chemo is that it does not slow the progression of his disease. I have the feeling this is not what you expected to hear and I am so very sorry.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there any liver cancer patients who want cure without operations ?
    Once I was a member of Japanese Antarctic Expedition, as a radio operator of wintering party.
    I can introduce the healer who can cure the liver cancer and the brain tumor without surgical operations. He can do without radiations or much medicines.
    Also you may continue your present medical treatment with your family doctor.
    May be unbelievable, but It is truth!

    • ANSWER:
      I hate to cast doubt on this man who appears to be sincere in his offer of help, but I would have to see iron clad scientific proof that anyone could cure any disease of any kind at long distances by mental telepathy or other means.
      Especially if I had a deadly disease like cancer. Check it out if you want, but I, alas, remain sceptical of these kind of claims.

  6. QUESTION:
    Liver cancer patients who want cure without operations?
    I’m Japanese man, I will introduce the Japanese healer who can
    cure the liver cancer without surgical operations. He can do with-
    out radiations or much medicines. He is using his own strong po-
    wers. may be unbelievable, but It is truth!

    • ANSWER:
      bullshit

  7. QUESTION:
    liver cancer patients who want cure without operations ?
    I’m a Japanese man. (once, I was a radio operator of showa base in antarctica) I can introduce the healer who can cure the liver cancer without surgical operations. He can do without radiations or much medicines. He can use and send his own strong powers to you from Japan. Also you may continue your present medical treatment. He wish not over 10 patients for therapy at the same time. May be unbelievable, but It is truth!

    • ANSWER:
      There are few lower human behaviours than promising cancer patients some sort of “miracle cure” and trying to make money off of them. The only effective way to treat liver cancer without surgery is by standard chemotherapy or immunotherapy techniques.

      I send my strong powers to you in hope that they will cure you of your delusions and evil intent to profit from the sick, but I fear they will be no more effective than your “healer”‘s!

  8. QUESTION:
    cancer of the liver and the final stage of symptoms ?
    hi there, my father in law has just been told he has cancer of the liver and symptoms have come on extremely quickly. He is very yellow in the face and eyes, and vomiting alot, and also sleeping. My partner is trying to prepare himself for the worst but is wondering if any of you have had a loved one with these symptoms and how long before they passed?

    It is a secondary cancer and he has been fighting cancer of the stomach for the past year. They found tumours had grown back in his stomach and was going to send him back to the hospital for an operation. This now isnt going ahead since the liver cancer has been found, im supposing this is because there isnt much they can do ?… thanks xx

    • ANSWER:
      My Dad passed away last year from liver cancer. He got very yellow and could not keep anything down. When they sleep a lot I belive the body is slowly shutting down. There came a point when he would just open his eyes a little and grown when you spoke to him. The same day he passed. I am very sorry for you. Sounds like the end is near to me, but I am no doctor.

  9. QUESTION:
    my husband had bowel cancer they said they got it before his operation it went to liver what are his chances?

    • ANSWER:
      This site gives details of cancer and the cancer industry, and contains links to some natural cures.
      Cancer

      http://dgwa1.fortunecity.com/body/cancer.html

  10. QUESTION:
    Will I tell my dad he got a cancer without a cure?
    My dad has a terminal liver cancer. According to MD operation and chemo won’t work anymore. My dad thought he only had liver infection and hoping to get well soon. Doctor sent him home with only 1 week of antibiotic and pain killer. Do we need to tell him? If so how? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      If your dad has cancer, he knew before you did. I don’t see how people think something like this is kept from the patient. HIPPA and all that.

      TD me all you want. Do you think the drs left my room and told everyone but me? Surely you guys are smarter than to think that. When you’re diagnosed, the dr will go over your options with YOU.

      He absolutely can not prevent the dr from informing his dad. His dad, however, can prevent him from informing anyone else. I had to sign papers stating whether or not they could tell anyone about my diagnosis and prognosis.

      Read over that question again. NO dr is going to send a patient home with useless medications for a condition he doesn’t have. Somebody’s lying.

  11. QUESTION:
    one of my class mates had liver cancer?
    one of my class mates had liver cancer and she had an operation and she says she’s fine now
    at the bigenning of the school year she was absent for 4 weeks
    she now sits beside and she never says anything to anyone to to use her personal stuff but people say that liver cancer can be like moved (i dunna how to write this but i mean she can make who are around her sick like her) from her saliva so i can’t kiss her or borrow something like a pencil (coz she sometimes lick her pencils) help me plz i’m so afraid
    is it dangerous to sit beside her?
    we sit too close that we nearly having the same breath but they say it’s not about breath plz heeelp i m freaked out

    • ANSWER:
      This whole question doesn’t have the ring of truth about it.

      First because liver cancer is rare in people under 50 years old, with 70% of cases occurring in people over 65.

      And secondly because surely nobody could really be stupid enough to think they could ‘catch’ cancer by borrowing a pencil.

      But on the off-chance it’s true – no, of course you can’t catch it. You could kiss her full on the mouth every day and lick her pencils all day long at no risk to yourself. Cancer is not contagious.

      Whoever the people saying it can be ‘moved’ are, ignore them. They are talking rubbish

  12. QUESTION:
    liver cancer what are the chances?
    I have a friend who will under go an operation to remove a 4cm size cancer from his Liver. once the doctor cuts it out is the cancer gone?. or did the cancer come from outher parts of the body? Please tell me the facts !!!!!!! ( He also has Hep “C” (x drug use)

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis C is a chronic, insidious infection. The long-term prognosis of chronic hepatitis C over the first 20 years after infection is usually benign. The likelihood of death during this period is not much different than the general population. After 20 years approximately 20-30 percent of patients develop cirrhosis. It has also been determined that on average the onset of hepatocellular carcinoma occurs approximately 10 years after the diagnosis of cirrhosis has been made (about 29-30 years after initial infection). The liklihood of recovering from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after cirrhosis is not very good.

      PS, I read your Q&A and you asked about drinking and depression. If you were talking about you, then I hope you stop drinking because cirrhosis will indeed kill you in a nasty painful way. If your question is about a friend then please learn that liver disese is not something to take lightly. whether it’s you or your friend use this as education regarding the dangers of alcohol.

  13. QUESTION:
    my grandad has liver cancer please help me understand what we can do etc?
    my grandad has has so much to deal with this year last oct he was diagnosed with liver cancer i think 3 lumps not sure and was told there slow growing so he was put on a injection which he has in the bum which is ment to surround it and protect from spreading i dont know much bout it nither does he, he was also told he need open heart sergery for 2 valves which they did 4weeks back he made it through that but he is so weak cant eat cant walk and has np enegy he was told he can have an operation on the liver soon to remove the gullbladder and the tumor but will it be gone or just help provent his life as he has said he isnt going to have the op i dont know what to tell him as he dont seem to know really whats going on he is like a dad to me and i cant bare to lose him
    they have told him its only in the liver as thats where it started removing gullbladder is prosseger aparently

    • ANSWER:
      I’m surprised they would do the heart procedure if this is a lethal malignancy.
      I assume you are in the United Kingdom and under the National Health program.
      You say three lumps in the liver. Have these been biopsied ?
      Maybe it is a carcinoid which might be slow growing.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/carcinoid-syndrome/DS00690

      Most often people have cancer in the liver which started somewhere else.
      A person with gastric, pancreatic, or colorectal cancer often has liver metastases.
      Lung cancers often spread to the liver.
      Gallbladder cancers are rare, but that may be his primary
      since they want to take out his gall bladder.
      What is the injection he is receiving in the backside ?
      Far too much missing information here for a good answer.
      I realize you and your grandfather don’t know the details.
      Best advice – go with him when he sees his doctors and ask questions.
      We can’t guess from thousands of miles away with so little information.

  14. QUESTION:
    my mum had breast cancer and possibly secondary liver cancer?
    i know ive asked this before but i didnt get much of a response so i thought id ask again!

    well i started a new school this year ( in year 10) and id been there litually 5 days and made some good friends when my mum told me she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. which i am finding very hard to deal with because the friends ive made id only known for 5 days so i didnt know weather or not i could talk to them. i told them all but i dont really feel i can talk to them becuase they dont really know me and i dont know them that well so its hard.
    So my mum kept going in for tests and we were told she was going to have an operation to remove the cancer but then the day before her op she was told she also had liver cancer so the op was cancelled. that was 2 weeks ago and the doctors have now decided that she doesnt have liver cancer but non of us know if we should believe them even though the op is back on and everything. so the last few weeks have been very hard. and with the added pressure of a new school and environment its really hard for me. i know its very hard for my mum but she seems to be coping better than me or just not letting me see when shes upset.
    tbh i think im just looking for a bit of reassurance that im not really getting and school and an answer as to if we can trust the doctors this time or what. im just soooooo worried i just cant lose my mum i really cant.
    please reply a kind word would be good. whateven but nothing horrible. i

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry to hear about you mum, and that you’re having such a difficult time at the moment with no trusted friends to talk to

      The doctors wouldn’t lie sweetheart; they’re doing what they feel is best for your mum and her particular cancer, based on the medical information they have..

      Be glad that it appears that she doesn’t have liver secondaries after all, and support her through the next weeks and months as she has her surgery and any other treatments.

      This is hard for you I know; I’ve had cancer, and my mother had it; watching someone you love go through this can be as hard as going through it yourself.

      I’m concerned that you have nobody you feel you can talk to about this; if you feel you can, ask your class teacher or your head of year about counselling in school.

      Take care; my best wishes to your mum, and to you.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can people survie liver cancer?
    My grandma had colon cancer. So she had to have an operation. The doctor told us “they got it all out”. But they said we are not sure on the liver. You will have to go to a cancer hospital. When she went they told use that they did not get all the cancer out. It is in the liver. but it is growing in the inside. We do not know who big it is. But as soon as she got the colon cancer out she was feeling to much better, she can now go places, drive her self (not far places), she is going shopping and she can eat alot of food and she has NO pain. So can anyone tell me how bad of liver cancer she might have? and she is having chemo. Will they be able to operate and get it all out? will the chemo make it go away? They said that they are doing chemo to make it small so they can take it out. But they dont know how big it is. they still have to do more test i think. PLEASE HELP!!!
    Thanks you!

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    my father has liver cancer?
    He was diagnosed with liver cancer 2 months ago, the doctors say they couldn’t do anything coz the cancer spread to his portal veins so operation is not optional. So he went 4 other treatments such as traditional medicines n acupunture tharapy, he was feeling better but then 1 week ago he was admitted 2 the hosp. coz there’s water in his abdomen. I think it’s the symtom of him dying. Pls help me deal wit tis. I love my dad very much,i don 1 him 2 suffer n die.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Which are the best hospitals for operations on the colorectal cancer with metastases at the liver?
    i would prefer hospitals in Europe …

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Liver cancer…how long?
    My father in law was diagnosed with liver cancer 3 weeks ago.He also has kidney failure (14 pc function in both kidneys) which is not being treated at the moment.The hospital say they think it’s only a small tumor at the moment and that chemo and radiotherapy won’t work so his only option is to have an operation which is really risky.He has weekly hospital visits as the docs won’t operate until he puts in weight.He has no appetite and isn’t eating so that’s not going to happen. He sleeps most of the day and is incontinent at night, also has low blood pressure.Does anyone have experience of liver cancer that could give me more info please?

    • ANSWER:
      There should be a specialist nurse practitioner within the hospital who deals with cancer patients.

      You really need to as a family sit down with one of his Dr’s or Consultant and discuss all his options and his prognosis.
      The limited renal function is also a major factor in this as this affects his blood pressure etc etc.

      Go with him to the next appointment and talk to the nurse in charge and arrange for a discussion appointment with the Dr. Your mother if she is still alive will need to be with you if she is the next of kin. But start asking questions and get the answers you need.

      Some of the cancer charities also have help lines and trained nurses on the other end of the line.

  19. QUESTION:
    My mother in law has liver cancer? :(?
    my mother in law has cancer, she found out about 6 months ago. when we were first told she only had it in her colon. but bad. they did a operation and took out half of the colon on her left side. by the time they did that we found out it had spread to her liver. they were not big cancers but there was alot. she takes hydrocodone every 4 hours, sometimes 2 every 4 hours. she has been taking chemotherapy also. but i dont think that it is helping much. it eazes her awful pain for only about 3 days, then i starts again. its an everyday thing to here her cry and see her in pain. it hurts alot. i dont know how to get close to her cause i dont know what to tell her. when she says that she cant take it no more i say it will get better but neither both of us believe it. its hard to see my boyfriend sufffer to. when he cry’s its not easy to say it will get better, it has only gotten worse. please help me, how to get close to her, and to help my boyfriend through it too. it hurts. please sugges.

    • ANSWER:
      I would have her ask her Doctor about more or different pain medications. There is no reason that she should have to hurt. There are lots of meds out there for her. Don’t tell her it will get better…ask her if there is anything you can get for her…sit and watch a movie with her, listen if she feels like talking, pray with her, and maybe ask her to ask her doctor about either, 1.) better pain management with maybe methadone, or MS Contin, or oxycontin, or a fentanyl patch, and or 2) ask if it is time for hospice to come in because your local hospice will be a wonderful source for any physical, emotional , or spiritual needs she may have.
      If they are still feeling like there is a curative option out there, they may not want hospice yet, but still she could ask for something more for her symptoms. That’s what you could do to help. Be an advocate for her and just let her be mad, sad, anxious, or whatever with you as a listening ear, and supporter. It is a hard task, but a very rewarding one in the end. Good Luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    my grandad with liver cancer please help?
    ok so we have been told he has a rare tumor which is only in the liver he has a large one he was told i think 6cm and a couple smaller ones he has biopsiy on these but was just told there rare he has an injection every 4 weeks to surround it and stop it from growing, he has been told he can have an operation to cut them out but they said it wont cure it so he will still have cancer what does it mean for his future and what cancer could this be. he is thinking of not having the op how long would he live approx if not

    • ANSWER:
      You questions makes no more sense now than it did the first time you asked it.
      There is nothing that can be injected to “surround” the cancer.
      You need to ask his doctor what kind of cancer he has there is no point in guessing and we cannot answer any of your questions until me know what kind it is.
      Clearly if his cancer is not curable it means his future is limited.

  21. QUESTION:
    Survival Rate? Colon Cancer, also 3 shadows on Liver, to be looked into later!?
    Colon Cancer: Surgery 9 days ago, removed 1 tumour @ 6 inches of colon/rectum and 25 lymph nodes, 15 found to containn cancer. Stage 3-C, Recovery within 2 days. Removed from IV in 3 days, removed catheter in 3 days, walking in 2 days, Released in 4 days.
    Pulse 128/68. constant, Temp 98* constant, heart rate 75 beats p/m. Great shape, healthy except for this.
    Morphine stopped on second day, aspirin only afterwards.
    Platelets at 56 – 67. 5 units of plasma and Vit. K injections. Received whole blood during operation.
    History, HCV for 35 years, Renal carcenomia 10 years ago, Pancreatitious 1 year ago, Family history, Father & grandfather died of Liver Cancer at age of 65 and 40 respectivally. Sister with Ovarian cancer.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Treatments for liver cancer?
    My grandfather has been diagnosed with liver cancer. The doctors have said that he is inoperable due to his age(92). They have given him 3-4 months to live are there any other treatments besides operations. Please answer soon.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some of the lastest developments in
      treating liver cancer. Some of these may
      be considered an operation. Some sound
      like an operation but is really just a
      special type of radiation treatment that won’t
      hurt surrounding tissue or cause side effects..
      GAMMA KNIFE

      http://www.irsa.org/gamma_knife.html

      http://www.gammaknife.org?

      NANO KNIFE

      http://www.nanotechbuzz.com/50226711/nanoknife_nanoshells_kill_cancer_tumors.php

      http://www.nanotechbuzz.com/50226711/nanoparticle_anticancer_drug_tested_on_humans.php

      CYBERKNIFE

      http://www.cyberknife.com

      http://en.widipedia.org/wiki/Cyberknife

      RADIOWAVE THERAPY

      http://www.radiowaveclinic.com/

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-invasive_RF_cancer_treatment#Cancer_therapy

      MICROWAVE Microwave destroy cancer tumors of the liver

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090204173038.htm

      Sir-Spheres: Selective Internal Radiation Therapy:
      A non surgical therapy that uses radioactive microspheres to deliver radiation directly to the site of the liver tumors. It gives
      up to 40 times more radiation to the liver tumors than conventional radiotherapy. Theraspheres which uses microscopic glass beads
      to deliver radiation to the liver tumors. It shrinks the cancer but is not a cure…it is usually used combined with chemotherapy.

      Hope this may be of some help to you.
      There are clinical trials that some patient try…

      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/

  23. QUESTION:
    my mate got liver cancer how long she live?
    but she might go operation??

    • ANSWER:
      She could get cured and live to be a 100. She could be in end stage and die tomorrow. You don’t give any info that might even give us a small clue as to her condition and how much cancer she has at this time. We couldn’t answer it with any accuracy even if we did know the details. The doctors that see her tests are the ones to ask this question.

  24. QUESTION:
    my dog had surgery and now developed a leg clot the operation was on the liver and removal of the ovries?
    my dog had infection in liver and also a mass on her ovaries.
    a biopsy was taken 3 days later she deveolped a blood clot in her leg
    will hemprine make other clots dislodge or is it an option if the mass is not cancer

    • ANSWER:
      Surgery of any kind increases the risk of blood clots, which can dislodge, travel through the bloodstream and potentially end up to the lungs (pulmonary embolism.) I am not sure what you mean by hemprine? The treatment for these clots is usually a blood thinner depending on their location. I would recommend that you ask your Vet about this, because he/she will know more details regarding your dog’s health. Good luck to you and your dog.

  25. QUESTION:
    Bowl cancer with secondary liver?
    My mum has recently been diagonsed with bowel cancer, which has spread to her liver. The two extreamly large tumors took over the the left lobe of the liver and she has 8-9 small spots on the right lobe.

    We were told the prognosis was grim when we went to speak to a cancer specialist, however, a terrific surgeon decided that he would operate on her to remove the two large tumors from the liver (approx 70% of liver) she is recovering from the operation at home now.

    What would be the ‘conventional’ route to go down next? As they still want to operate on the liver to remove the spots and also an operation on the bowel to remove the cancer. But would chemo be done prior to this?

    Also how does the suregry of removing the large tumors now help the prognosis… is she still in that terrible bracket of 3% survive the 5 year rate? She is young and fit and healthy otherwise.

    Thanks a lot

    • ANSWER:
      The conventional’ route would have been to remove the tumor and the liver lesions at the same time followed by chemo. Removing the liver lesions does little to change the prognosis if the tumor is still present in the colon. Survival rates are based on stage and this does not change the stage.

  26. QUESTION:
    I think my father has secondary liver cancer after having bowel cancer 2 years ago. How can I help him?
    He had bowel cancer at the sametime as my mum. She died after trying two lots of chemo. He survived after an operation and chemo. He has been well until about 6 weeks ago when he seemed to be more tired than usual. He has now lost his appetite and is hot all the time. He is also yellow. His doctor has told me that blood samples show the cancer has probably returned.My Dad is very scared and wants to know what to expect. He will not have any more chemo and is now too frail to have any surgery. What can I expect to happen? How can i help him?Has anyone else had two parents suffer this way?And how can I stay strong for him – it is history repeating itself as I nursed Mum to the end.

    • ANSWER:
      I can identify all too well with your situation. My mother died of liver cancer after it first diagnosed in her colon. Once it hits the liver, there is little to nothing that can be done. Just hope that it doesn’t spread elsewhere. It had spread to my mother’s bone, too, but radiation treatments kept it in check. What happened with my mother is that she lost all her appetite for food except sweets so everyday I brought her any and all sweets for her to consume (cakes, milkshakes, etc). She still lost a lot of weight and became frail with yellow complexion. However, she was able to function fairly well for a few months (10, to be exact). We cared for her at home with the help of a hospice agency. That’s where she wanted to die so we granted her that final wish. Closer to the end, the body shuts down and that’s when your Dad will become more and more lethargic (semiconscious) to the point where you will have to turn him every couple hours or less, bathe him, maybe give him some ice chips or an ice-cold rag to suck on, etc. Heavy sedation will make him more comfortable up to be the very end. :(

  27. QUESTION:
    what to expect! dying from cancer?
    My ma-in-law has refused 6 months treatment of radio/chemo. doctor has told her she has liver cancer that cant be cured after going through operation for bowel cancer, she is 77 years young, what can the family expect , anyone out there know get in touch

    • ANSWER:
      Having been there with someone very close to me, it may not be a bad thing refusing the chemo, but the end will arrive a lot sooner. In my opinion the chemo prolonged the sufferering (for both sides) and gave the person false hope. Just treasure your final time with your mother-in-law and be there for her, someone to mop her brow and hold her hand will carry her safely into the afterlife (if there is one). My best wishes go with you, I really do understand what you are going through, be strong!

  28. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if INTERFERON injections, like Shanta biotect’s SHANFERON work 4 Kidney cancer spread 2 Liver
    My mom, 70, has had Kidney Cancer 4 years ago and now after removal of 1 kidney and both Adrenals it has affected 30% of the Liver. Doctors have started INTERFERON injections 3 times a week for 2 months and hope to SHRIK the tumor by then, to be able to THEN consider operating it off, depending upon, of-course the general condition of my mom by then. Although they say at 70, operation will have a 50-50 risk, viz a viz, the post operative recovery.
    Does any one here have an HANDS-ON experience of using Interferon injections for self or relatives etc ?
    I wish to educate my self more and more at this stage about Interferon injections and also with ANY methord by which I can give cure to my ailing mother.
    Will ayurveda also help ? If yes who to contact and where ? Although our doctor has cautioned about the fact that SOME ayurvedics give steroids in disguised form.
    I have started wheat-grass powder mixed with warm water and honey also.
    Kindly advice, one & all.
    (I live in Lko,India

    • ANSWER:
      i have been giving myself interferon injections 3 times a week for a little over three years now. i take 3million international units three times a week. giving the shot is not that bad since most pharmacies can get you a pre-filled dial up pen. the side effects will vary from person to person. my doctor said that i would have flu-like symptoms for about a month and then i should be alright. what he forgot (lol) is that i would also have pain,fatigue,depression,neuropathy, memory problems,exhaustion,mood swings and failing eyesight. he also did not mention that i would be house bound if there was even the slightest remote chance that i could catch something because, i now have no immune system. but, i must say the alternative to not taking the shots is not to promising (death-for me). the outlook is not all bleak though because, the interferon has kept my cancer in check for three years now. i count this as a miracle.

  29. QUESTION:
    my frnd’s dad’s liver is dammaged around 60% due 2 increase in afp level is thr ne way to decrease afp level?
    doctors adviced for the operation bt it has a risk .they tld it is a liver cancer .his liver is dammaged completely .r thr any clinical practises so that he can decrease the afp level..he is not redy fr the operation..plz also suggest some ayurvedic treatment..

    • ANSWER:
      hmm.. ok.. doctors said that it is liver cancer. I’ll suggest u that the best treatment is 2 undergo the surgery… bcoz cancer is a decease in wich the cells nearer to the affected cells will get affected very soon… it the surgery is done now, it’ll b enough 2 cut off a part of the liver.. liver will work well even if there is only half of it. but wat wil u do when the entire liver gets affected by cancer? so please explain him all these and ask him 2 undergo surgery. There is a food supplement i kno which can reduce the amount of pollution and risk causing elements in our body.. but im not sure that wether it will work for liver cancer. any how, it is the best medicine i hav ever heared. its name is “Bio C”. a tablet from Amway Corporation. it wont b sold in the market. it’ll b available only with an Amway distributor. hope it wil help.

  30. QUESTION:
    Stomach Cancer that has spread to Liver. What can I do?
    My Grandfather has just been diagnosed with Cancer of the stomach. They are going to do a scope and take a better look. They saw spots on his liver and think that the cancer may have spread to his liver but they are not completly sure until they get a closer look. He is 62 years old, he has been healthy his whole life. He works out and is not overweight, he has never even had any kind of operation done. What is our options? I have read things about vitamin b17 in ORGANIC only fruits like apricot seeds and apple seeds. Has anyone out there ever tried this or is anyone in the same boat that my family is in? Please leave any comments that would help us! We have never delt with anything like this before. Please tell us anything that you think that can help. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      hi Justin..I am sorry to hear that.

      but there is a lot one can do.

      email me and I will send you the info and links to videos that cured many of every type of cancer and disease.

      I am sorry I do not have time to write it all out but I need to wake up in 4 hours and just got on here a second.

      If you do not email me (and please do as I know a lot) at least check out curezone.com

      It is important though that your grandfather be on board to save his life as relatives cannot do it for him but openly support him. Many people are resistant to change or nonbelievers. I spent over 200 hours once helping a lad very concerned that his father was dying and though the boy learned so much, opened a health site in gratitude to me and himself became a vegetarian and knows how to cure himself, his father was a skeptic and overthinker and refused to follow anyone’s advice including the pleas of his son, the medical doctors and alternative practitioners and this type generally cannot be helped.

      My mom never listened for 10 years until I stopped two of her heart attacks and a few herbs gave her shocking results as far as dialysis and that finally convinced her to try. Unfortunately she waited too long, trusted doctors too much, was too stubborn to change and she died a week later on her 9th dialysis caused heart attack when noone gave her the stuff I left or called me, went to the hospital and they killed her when she was improving due to a living will She had just miraculously got the needed money a day or so before we were ordering the herbs. So it must be he and not his loved ones who are on board. Sadly, it works best when people put their all into it and believe it. when one goes all out, watch out as miracles happen.

      He cannot expect a simple herb or food or even vitamin like you mentioned to be enough to reverse a killer disease like cancer. One needs a comprehensive program and that is what I will send you..contact me. There is hope and lots of it..many have reversed even the deadliest of cancers like lung cancer, fast growing ones and deadly ones like pancreatic cancer and horrible ones like brain cancer.

      The researchers of the apricot pits etc (laetrile) said that it did reverse cancer cells in their test lab but they were ordered to not tell anyone. Still one spoke out briefly when the press conference said they were unsuccessful saying that is not true..that helps, essiac tea helps but for best results one needs a complete and comprehensive program and a lifestyle change.

      If nothing else go to hacres.com and read the testimonies there. The minister who started the hallelujah diet cured himself of colon cancer that had just killed his mother and that was decades ago and he is in his 70s and full of pep..I heard him speak and he was practically dancing on stage, he had some much health and vitality.

      But email me for more ok..if he tries it and is cured, he should stay on it for some time.. much of it a lifetime but he can cut back some, but since it may have spread stay on it longer to be sure all stray cancer cells are gone. Eat lots of raw fruits and veggies and their juices as 5 programs with anecdotal success I heard of ALL did that..some fresh sun green tea as well

      Start at 1 ounce wheat grass juice (fresh–one can grow it and use a manual wheatgrass juicer) working up to about 8 ounces. can mix with fresh juiced apple juice to improve taste.

      Essiac tea and the full incurables program I will send you videos and manual for (free downloads) and I will also send you a link on did for someone whose father was dealing with lung cancer full of info. Be sure to ask me for the incurables videos and the link to the curezone thing I did on cancer and other info. Take a natural vitamin c from health food store with cofactors (rutin bioflavoids, etc) to saturation dose. Use in most cases organic or wildcrafted TINCTURES when taking herbs and NOT difficult to absorb capsules (teas made with distilled water is 2nd best) also see herballegacy.com see book food your miracle medicine for food cures and what foods show anticancer properties. It is on amazon for one cent plus 3.99 shipping. great book based on 10,000 medical studies..

      Organic is important as it has 7-10 times the phytochemicals/phytonutrients that cure and prevent disease but non organic is of help if that is all one can afford but mot program do recommend organic for optimal results.

      good luck..if you want to send me an email address instead of going through here I can also send you some attachments from books I have.

      Have the whole family including your grandfather watch the videos and read the manual so he will get help and support as these videos will give him hope. also I have some books on that piece I did on how to help cancer that will be of help. He must be willing to do some work and change some habits giving up bad ones and including health building practices. He could live a long life as this will not only give him a great chance of

  31. QUESTION:
    My dad has cancer, please can someone explain? (14 year old girl)?
    OK this might be quite long but please bare with me as I really need some answers.

    When I was about 8 my dad got bladder cancer, he had chemo and an operation to remove the tumor.
    When I was 10, he got bowel cancer, had most of his bowel removed, had a temporary colostamy bag and more chemo.
    When I was 12, he got the bowel cancer again, more chemo, no operation.
    Now at 14, he was diagnosed with secondary liver cancer, he had 6 months of chemotherapy and went in for a liver re-section 2 days ago however they opened him up and found many more tumours in the fatty tissue around his liver, they didn’t do the re-section as they said there was no point at the time because of the rest of the cancer (I’m afraid I don’t know what they’re called, my mum’s not told me much.)
    My dad is obese and hasn’t been well for many years and I don’t know if he’ll make it through more chemo, nor if he want’s to go ahead with it.

    Can someone please explain what’s going on, what his chances are, ect.

    Thanks so much,
    Hannah x
    Someone mentioned cancerous nodes, if that is any help
    My mum is usually very honest with me but I think that she’s confused herself, please don’t ask me to talk to her – I don’t mind how brutally honest your answers are, I just want some idea of what’s happening.

    • ANSWER:
      Cancerous nodes are cancer growths. When they opened up your father and did not do anything that is because it is too far gone to help him survive, we don’t know how long he will have but when my dad had cancer and it spread to his liver he died within 6 weeks, you will need to be there for your mum and pray for your dad as the pain will get unbearable near the end and he will hallucinate and talk rubbish so if he doesn’t know who you areor says something horrible to you or your mum don’t take it seriously as he wont know what he is saying.

  32. QUESTION:
    my Grandpa has a 18 inch cancer in his liver is there any thing that can be done?
    he is 67 years of age, he cant get a liver transplant because he drank when he was younger and the doctor says he has 4 months to a year to live. is there any thing that can be done? he has plenty of money to play for any operation. i just want to know so i can stop thinking about it please help.
    House825
    thank you for the info but as it turns out it spreed out to a new organ and they cant do any thing now thank you though.

    • ANSWER:
      If your grandfather has not been a drinker for years, he should be qualified to be evaluated for a liver transplant. It is usually only active drinkers who cannot qualify (even then, usually if they are sober for 6 months, they can be put on the transplant waiting list, and be tested occasionally to see if they are still compliant by not drinking).

      I personally would not take this one doctor’s opinion. Something does not sound right here. My cardiologist did not want me to get a kidney/pancreas transplant, and the first hospital I was referred to would not even agree to evaluate me. That was a blessing because I got approved at a much better center.

      So it seems some people think your grandfather is too old and that younger people are more deserving. . I have just looked up the statistics on the # of liver transplants done in the US in 2009 – there were 697 done for people over the age of 65. It looks like the experts at the transplant centers don’t agree that people who are 67 are too old. .

  33. QUESTION:
    is there any chance who has cancer and its already metastasis can survive?
    he is 62 he has intestine cancer had an operation but doctors can not touch liver which already have two tumour

    • ANSWER:
      The best course of action is going to be determined by this persons doctors. Depending on the stage, type and location of the cancer, treatements will be decided from there.

      Chemo and radiation will prolong the persons life, but if the tumors cannot be removed, the chance of remission is not likely.

      That being said, I have a cousin who has been battling breast cancer that metastisized through out her liver, bones and elsewhere. She was diagnosed over 10 years ago…they gave her a few years.

      So never give up fighting and the person who is ill should also be in the mind that he is going live as long and happy as he can.

  34. QUESTION:
    feel annoyed and anrgy shadow on liver
    I went to hpital a few weeks back for a scan as i believed i had gallstones so i had the scan and she confirmed it there and then that i had gallstones and that she would write to the doctor telling him..
    so i wait a week and then get a letter saying ive got an apointment for a consultation and i just presume its about my gallstones to arrange operation etc but however upon going for my consultation today the consultant said how can i help you so i told him about gallstones etc and the pain etc and he said im sorry but your not here for your gallstones your here because weve found a shadow on your liver!
    I was like wtf no one told me anything about it!
    So he asked me a few questions about how im feeling if ive lost weight etc and i said i feel fine until i get my gallstone pain and he said ok we will fast track you for another indepth scan on the liver and ill see you soon!
    so im wondering whats the chances of it being cancer and if not that what else could it be.. has anyone else experienced this ive also just read that common pain from liver cancer is a pain in your right side in which ive been experienceing but just put it down to gallstones any help and advice greatly received thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It’s always a bit of a shock when you get unexpected news such as this. Don’t worry yourself ill,instead, set your mind to being well. A book to help you do this is called ‘Love Medicine and Miracles’ written by Bernie Siegel. Keep positive thoughts and let us know how you get on……………….

  35. QUESTION:
    Found out today that the cancer has spread?
    My nans cancer from 8 years ago has come back.
    Bowel cancer. She went into hospital Monday, had the operation to remove something Wednesday. (I don’t really understand it all)
    She’s been fine for the past two days after the operation. She was really scared but came out laughing and being her normal self.
    Yesterday the doctor asked my uncle could he come down the hospital at 11am today because they need to tell him what they found while operating on her. My aunty asked could I go down with him because he will only forget what the doctor said because she was working so I went down at 11 too.
    The doctor said that the cancer has spread to the outer lining of her stomach and to her liver and there’s nothing they can do. He said it’s very aggressive and couldn’t give a time on how long she’s got left to live. They would have left her out today but they want to keep her in until next week because of high blood pressure.
    My nan is her normal self. She’s talking like normal and happy that she’s coming home next week but she doesn’t know that the cancer has spread. My uncle is scared that if she knows, she will panic and worry and that will kill her quicker. She’s 87 years old. They are not sure weather they should tell her about it or just let her live the the life she has left. Ugh I’m so upset. I love my nan more than anything and she’s the only family member I am really close to after my dad passed away two years ago. How long do people live with liver cancer? Weeks? Months? I just wana know what to expect after this :(

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so sorry about your nan. :( The average person lives 5 years after being given 6 months to live with liver cancer. However, it depends on the individual. I hope I helped some way. Again, sorry…

  36. QUESTION:
    A Liver Transplant Situation or A Lie?
    So, my boyfriend of 4yrs has become friends with a freshman girl at our school.
    I guess they’ve been texting and JUST YESTERDAY I saw her at school, but she claims she is giving her 10yr old sister with liver cancer her liver TODAY.
    Is that a lie? Doesnt a patient have to go through cleansing sometime before the operation could occur?
    ALSO, he told her he’d vist her for company and she said, “No you can’t because it is too early in the morning and I won’t be there.”

    FYI: This girl has been giving me dirty looks and rude remarks for maybe 2-3 months.

    I honestly think this girl is trying to get my boyfriends attention.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds a bit fishy to me, especially the part of her not being there early in the morning. Yes, there is a tremendous amount of prep work that will need to be done prior to the transplant, but it would be possible to have it done on the day of the actual transplant. She wouldn’t be able to eat anything late in the evening, but you can do that at home with just not eating. I had a transplant and had no cleansing done such as a bowel prep.

      A person must be 18 years old in order to donate an organ to anyone. If this girl is not 18, there is no way in the world that she is giving her sister part of her liver.

  37. QUESTION:
    One of my class mates had liver inflammation ?
    one of my class mates had inflammation in her kidney, i know it’s inflammation in the kidney but i can’t remember the name it’s self, it has an H and a P and a T and she had an operation and she says she’s fine now
    at the beginning of the school year she was absent for 4 weeks
    she now sits beside and she never says anything to anyone to to use her personal stuff but people say that liver cancer can be like moved (i dunna how to write this but i mean she can make who are around her sick like her) from her saliva so i can’t kiss her or borrow something like a pencil (coz she sometimes lick her pencils) help me plz i’m so afraid
    is it dangerous to sit beside her?
    we sit too close that we nearly having the same breath but they say it’s not about breath plz heeelp i m freaked out
    one of my class mates had inflammation in her liver, i know it’s inflammation in the liver but i can’t remember the name it’s self, it has an H and a P and a T and she had an operation and she says she’s fine now
    at the beginning of the school year she was absent for 4 weeks
    she now sits beside and she never says anything to anyone to to use her personal stuff but people say that liver cancer can be like moved (i dunna how to write this but i mean she can make who are around her sick like her) from her saliva so i can’t kiss her or borrow something like a pencil (coz she sometimes lick her pencils) help me plz i’m so afraid
    is it dangerous to sit beside her?
    we sit too close that we nearly having the same breath but they say it’s not about breath plz heeelp i m freaked out
    oh so sry everyone
    it’s liver not kidney

    • ANSWER:
      Please edit your question to be clear– are you talking about kidney or liver inflammation? You said liver in title and kidney in first few sentences.

      She probably had Hepatitis– perhaps Hepatitis A. The primary method of transmission is fecal-oral (e.g., finger in mouth after using toilet without washing hands in between). As long as you wash your hands and just be careful, you will be fine. People do usually recover completely from Hep A.

  38. QUESTION:
    Survival rate for cancer that has spread to a part of liver?
    My brother was operated for Bile duct cancer in Jan 09″ and his Bile duct, duodenum was removed. there was a Biopsy done after the operation and the area was found to be clean. My brother visited the doctor’s office every month for regular checkup and he seemed to be recovering fast (the doctor did not order any further tests surprisingly). In october, he complained about pain in his upper abdomen and seemed to be losing wait. The doctor nowordered tests and found that there was metastatis in parts of the lever and pancreas. The doctor has recommended six chemo sessions. My brother is just 30 years old. I spoke to him very recently over phone and he seemd to be in the best of spirits and said that he has no sign of any discomfort except for some fleeting pain in upper abdomen. Please, let me know of any cases similar to this , what are chances of his survival?

    • ANSWER:
      If it was not cured on surgery it isn’t curable. Patient’s with liver invasion have a median survival of 1-3 years.

  39. QUESTION:
    my dad has cancer, what do i do?
    i’m 17 and last year my dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He started chemo and had an operation, but the cancer spread to his liver and rib. Also the tumor in the bowel has grown fairly quickly. He is still on chemo. My best friend’s mum was diagnosed with the same cancer at a similar point to my dad, and a few months away, she passed away. What do i do, i feel like a cant talk to anyone.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Should an very elderly person take chemo? Are the side effects possibly worse than the disease?
    My 86 year old mother was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer, which has metastasized from the bowel. Her blood count in 48, up from last year, when it as 4. Pill form chemo was recommended. The chemo, although less strong that intravenous versions, still has many adverse side effects. Also, it is a hard decision to make when she appears to be well at the moment and enjoying a little “respite” from last year’s bowel cancer operation. Prognosis from doctor: 5-6 months to live with no chemotherapy and 9-12 months to live with chemo. Must decide soon and she wants help to make the right choice. Any feedback you might have would be very helpful. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lynn… I know what you are going through! We are dealing with my husbands grandfather he was recently diagnosed with cancer in his hip which was treated with Radiation then they saw that it had also spread to his lungs. Our family has been told due to other health related conditions (He is diabetic and about 10 years ago lost a leg due to diabetic gangrene.) The doctors have advised against Chemo saying that the side effects would be too much for him to handle at his age and with the other complications. The best advice that I can give is sit down and talk with her oncologist. See what they recommend and educate yourself on the options. If they recommend a form of treatment chances are that they know your mothers situation and hopefully know what is best for her. Good luck you are in my prayers.

  41. QUESTION:
    Please could you say a prayer.?
    My cousin is having an operation today for liver cancer her name is annette, please what ever religion you are would you you send a prayer.
    Thankyou so much x
    Thankyou all so very much it means so much, will not pick best answer as it feels inappropiate so will leave that to the powers that be, good health to you all and thanks once again best wishes Casey x

    • ANSWER:
      I just have done x

  42. QUESTION:
    My grandads got cancer! I can’t cope!!?
    My grandad & my family found out a few months back that he had cancer.
    He had it in two places.
    He went through chemo, and had a big operation to remove the first cancer tumor.(not sure how to spell it!)
    He is always in hospital, and I cry every day.

    He had started chemo again to reduce the second cancer tumor, and went into hospital for his next 8 hour operation when the doctors found a problem.
    The doctors found some more cancer tumors in his liver. They are not aloud to operate on him because it has spread too far.

    My grandad is now faced with the biggest discision he probably has to make ever.
    He could either live for 1 year maximum, or, go through another load of chemo, operations and medicine…

    i CAN’T COPE!!

    • ANSWER:
      Oh Kellie! I understand, hun as I have lost loved ones to cancer as well. It is NOT an easy road for anyone….the patient and the loved ones!

      I so, feel your pain! Hun, I am a Christian woman and I want you to know that prayers, to God, our Father, makes a huge difference! I will be praying for you as God will give you the strength, to cope. He will lessen your burdeen, if only you let Him! I pray for all your family and especially, your precious Grandfather!

      If you need to talk, e-mail me,
      Gail

  43. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know much about stage 4 breast cancer?
    Hi all….My mum was diagnosed with triple neg breast cancer in april/may last year and had a mastectomy done on her left breast…it was high risk grade 3 with 14/17 node involvement and since then she has had chemo for 9 months but the 1st 3 chemo didn’t do anything so they changed it and apparently her oncologist said she doesn’t think she will be giving anymore chemo after this one and then she will be having scans to see how its all going….my mum was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer 3 months after 1st diagnoses and apparently she had a little cancer on her liver which the chemo has gotten rid of but will always have the cancer in her collar bone which she had radiation on while doing chemo….they said she can do an operation and replace her collar bone with a metal rod…..can anyone share their stories or give me some advice thanks…

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not really sure what you want to know or what kind of stories you are interested in.
      My only advice is to support her in whatever decisions she makes and spend as much time with her as possible.

  44. QUESTION:
    my sister has Overian Cancer Plz Help?
    My older sister discovered that she has an ovarian cancer after she returned from her honeymoon it was
    Shook for her and all of my family everyone was crying caz she is still young bride 26 yrs old.we decided to take her to USA .Because there they have better hospitals for cancer. There she did an operation and they removed her 2 ovarian plus they discovered that he liver is affected and she should take CHEMO.My sister always loves kids & she used to teach them & she can’t anymore bring them , me & my partents are so sad but we put all our Faith in God.First time she took CHEMO many sides effects occurs for her plus loosing her hair .Her potassium become very low and she had high blood pressure & now & she went ICU for 8 days now her physical situation is stable but shes very depressed & she doesn’t talk to anyone she just praying to God But doesn’t talk ro anyone even my to mam dad& her husband, I will travel to her next month she is my bestt firend not sis only How can I help

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry to hear about your sister, and I will keep her in my prayers. I’m in a similar situation, my sister has stage IV breast cancer at age 34. She found out 3 months before her wedding. They moved their wedding up and she is now going through chemo. I understand how hard it is b/c I wish I could trade places with my sister so she could have children with her new husband. What I’ve done for my sister is just be there and listen, make her laugh, and pamper her. I will pray for your safe travel and wish your family the best. God Bless.

  45. QUESTION:
    Will my uncle die?
    He just had a quintuple coranary arterial bypass, he’s 78, has hepatitis C, a thyroid problem, has had liver cancer – they decided to do the operation at high risk but a little while after he developed acute renal and as well as liver failure and is currently on life support – they’ve been telling us to expect the worse and are thinking of taking him off, the chances of him surviving are low aren’t they?
    Well he’s a consultant surgeon himself, and given that all his arteries were blocked and he could go anyday he did not want to live with that uncertainty.

    • ANSWER:
      He will die, eventually we all die.

  46. QUESTION:
    If cancer spreads to the lymph nodes is it terminal?
    The doctor I normally would talk to is away on vacation. I’m asking because my Dad has cancer and we think the cancer is pushing on his lymph nodes. And the doctors and my family just try to keep everything quite, so I’m curious. If the cancer spreads to his lymph nodes is it terminal?

    His background- He has colorectal cancer, which has spread to his liver and lungs, but the chemo, has kept the cancer in his lungs and live at bay (they haven’t gotten any bigger). He had an operation 2 years ago to get rid of the cancer in his pelvic area, prostate, and some of his thigh, and obviously his colon. But it call came back and then some.

    • ANSWER:
      “My terminal cancer had spread into the lymph nodes. I changed doctor’s many times. Doctor # seven, after reading the notes of the previous doctor, came into the room and stomped his foot, and yelled, “You’d better accept your cancer.” I said, “It’s not my cancer, and I don’t accept it!” That really made him mad. He sent me to a psychologist. I refused Chemotherapy, and Radiation. One day I cried out to the Lord and He told me how to pray. He said, “Curse the cancer cells and command them to die in My Name.” I did and I have been healed now for twelve years. Doctors are still asking me “How can this be?” And I just say, “God!” This is a true testimony, and I have my medical records to prove it. Betty. “..and by His (Jesus)wounds, we were healed.” Isaiah 53:5.

      http://www.heinvites.org/story.php3/0251.html

  47. QUESTION:
    my father in law has just found out that he has to have chemotherapy?
    He had an operation to remove bowel cancer a little over a week ago, however they have now discovered some more growth on his liver, which they are going to remove and he will have chemo too, this sounds bad, what do you think? Isnt it really bad if cancer spreads to the liver? we are really worried.

    • ANSWER:
      When cancer spreads any further than just a local area such as to the liver, lungs, brain or bone etc., its not a good sign.
      Talk with his Oncologist and find out if the cancer is curable. Often times they use the word “treatable” which is not the same thing. Ask him what your father-in-laws chances are of complete remission in 1 yr, 5 years and then 10 years to life. Sometimes the doctor administers chemotherapy to prolong life knowing they cannot cure the cancer. The doctor may say they can get 1 extra year if they treat the cancer. If they dont treat , they may tell you he can live 8 more months.
      If your father in law wants to live longer, this is ok. If they know that they cannot cure the disease, he may choose quality of life over quanity of life because some chemotherapies are very difficult to tolerate. Some Oncologist are not absolutely frank with the families of their patients. If you would like, I strongly reccomend 2nd opinoins from another Oncologist from a different practice, That way you will get 2 opinions instead of just buying everything 1 doctor says. If your father in laws Oncologist is opposed to a 2nd opinoin, this should raise a red flag. Beware. Everyone is entitled to another doctors professional opinion . Insurance companies pay for them and usually do not question the reasons.
      Hope that helped without being to harsh. I have been a chemo RN for 11 years.

  48. QUESTION:
    54 year old Ann Marie Rogers won her case to be supplied herceptin to stop her “early stage breast cancer”
    At 54, Is she thinking of having kids ?
    She is almost certainly going to deprive a person from having a liver or heart transplant because her care trust can’t afford to do one operation as a direct result of paying for her tablets.
    Is she being a bit selfish wanting this drug? Or was this truly the only way of curing her cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      If her cancer was Herceptin positive, it is her only choice for survival. It is standard care for a patient with herceptin positive receptors. It has nothing to do with her having children, and I don’t think at 54 years of age she is being selfish.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do i cope with Canine Breast Cancer?
    My beloved 7+yrs old Ame Cocker Spaniel was diagnosed with breast cancer yesterday. She is due for an operation this Thursday to remove a lump which is slightly smaller than a golf ball and if not at risk to also be spayed in the process.

    I am in the process of changing her homemade diet of brown rice,meat,vegs and fruits after reading up canine cancer information online.

    Her blood test and X-Ray shows that her kidneys, liver and everything else is in good shape except a little low red blood cell count which she’s on iron tablets for

    I need some advice on how to cope or with diets and such if anyone has had or have dogs with cancer. I feel really lost and extremely sad as she is very much a part of our family and we would like to give her the best quality of life that we possibly could
    Hi DP, thank you for the advice. The vet and i have discussed the procedures thoroughly, although results of whether it is malignant or benign will be known in 4-6 weeks which i feel is really long. Operation is scheduled in 3 days time to remove the tumour.
    Thank you all for such support and advice, she’s been on a home made diet for 5 years now because she’s allergic to so much stuff and wasn’t doing too good on many brands of premium dog food too.

    It gives me some comfort to know that your dogs have lived through their ordeals as this is getting really emotionally exhausting for me perhaps because i worry too much.

    I hope to see her jumping around in no time.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a mammary lump removed from a dog.. Not a big deal at all.. You can’t say it’s cancer til you send it away and have it tested.. unless you have had a biopsy done and that would be senseless.. Better to remove it than to just do a biopsy and risk spreading it if is actually cancer..

      No need for a new diet.. Remove the lump and she is good to go.. Didn’t you discuss this with your vet?

      Edit : My female was nearly 8. We went in, and she went for surgery.. After surgery we went in to be w/ her while she recovered and she was standing there wagging her tail. I thought they hadn’t done the operation yet.. I looked and she had a bandage and obviously had.. She was already ready go to home within about 1/2 hour of the surgery.. That night she was a little quiet, sleepy mostly.. Not uncomfortable not sore just kind of quiet. The next day she was eating but still not her rambunctious self.. Next morning, which would have been Sunday, she was up and around and wanted the bandage off and was ready to go run in the yard.. She’ll be fine! The one we had removed was just bigger than a golf ball.

      Just for interest sake.. Operation cost us 2. Not a bad deal at all !

  50. QUESTION:
    Is it fine to skip your birthday?
    I like to party and everything but this is really f… Up year for me.
    Got robed, found out that I have a stomach cancer and don’t have insuranse.
    My question is: To party hard and die. Or sell my liver and go through operations.

    • ANSWER:
      I’d party hard. Nobody is going to buy your liver. It’s against the law to sell body parts in the U.S.


Liver Cancer Lesions

Cancer of the bladder is not one of neoplastic disease, but a group of various cancers of different histologic patterns with different natural histories and pathologic behaviors. As a consequence of the above, different forms of trea 00004000 tment become necessary, depending upon different individual circumstances. Apart from the biologic behavior tendencies of cancer of the bladder, another unique characteristic is that the bladder serves the essential function of storage of urine so that if it becomes necessary to sacrifice the bladder by surgery, provision for urinary storage must be made. To date all such provisions are makeshifts.

Furthermore, cancer of the bladder, apart from threatening the patient’s health and existence by local extension and distant metastases, is potentially lethal through secondary effect of damaging kidney function by ureteral obstruction with concomitant infection. And finally, not only recurrences of the original tumor, but the occurence of other tumors from oci, represent another undesirable characteristic.
For many years bladder tumors have been classified on the basis of their cystoscopic appearance. There are the multiple, small, benign papillary type of tumor which should be regarded as a Grade I carcinoma, for eventually these tumors may become invasive. Next there is the second type of tumor with a broad base and cauliflower-like appearance which is a malignant papilloma and usually infiltrating. Then there is the third type, an ulcerative lesion, which is quite frequently a squamous cell carcinoma.

Recently it has been suggested that all bladder tumors should be classified, not upon their appearance under the microscope, but rather upon the extent of their invasion through the wall of the bladder:
1.Those growing superficially on the bladder mucosa.
2.those that have become invasive and the invasion has been limited to the tunica propria.
3.those that have invaded into the muscular wall of the bladder.
4.those that have invaded all the way through the wall of the bladder and finally,
5.those with metastatic growth outside the bladder.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Pancreatic cancer = Liver lesions?
    My Mother in law survived Pancreatic Cancer back in 2007. She’s been in remission ever since the surgery in December ’07. She goes every 3 months for an MRI to make sure there is nothing new. In January she passed with flying colors. She went in this past Tuesday for the next 3 month MRI and they told her yesterday that they found 2 lesions on her liver, one was 1 cm and the other was 1.6 cm.

    My question is, what are the chances that something could have popped up now after everything has been clear? She did have a horrible viral infection back in February, and I’ve read online that lesions can be caused by a viral infection but we won’t know until she gets a PET scan done sometime soon.

    Is she more at risk for this to be cancer due to having had pancreatic cancer? She had a modified whipple procedure done where they removed the area on her pancreas that was infected, some of her stomach, her intestine and her gall bladder/bile duct. They also took biopsies of her lymph nodes to see if she had any cancerous cells and of the 24 that they took, 3 did so they gave her a long round of chemo and radiation therapy.
    Thanks, but I already know about pancreatic cancer…

    • ANSWER:
      The honest answer to your question is that the liver lesions very well could be cancer. I suppose the MRI has ruled out that they could be simple cysts? They have been there the whole time, but it has taken them about 1½ years to become large enough to be visible on MRI. They are probably resistant to the chemo given earlier. A major risk factor (apart from the fact that she had pancreatic cancer) is that 3 of the removed lymph nodes harbored metastases. But that doesn’t mean that there are no treatment options. I´m not knowledgeable enough to tell you exactly what those treatment options are, but this is a discussion she will have with her oncologist (if the lesions turn out to be metastases).

  2. QUESTION:
    If you have lesions in the stomach & liver, does that mean you have cancer?
    My dad has been admitted to hospital & has been in for over a week now but he isn’t letting on too much information about his condition. He has told me he has hep c & has had that for 20 yrs now, he also has lesions on his liver & in his stomach.
    He perforated his stomach approx 15 yrs ago & cut down his drinking habits then but slowing began drinking more with the result of more internal bleeding, leading to his hospital stint. My question is does he have cancer too?

    • ANSWER:
      The medical term “lesion” denotes any irregular tissue structure. It could be scarring, benign growth, or malignant (cancerous) growth.

      Your father’s doctor will diagnose his condition through medical imaging and other appropriate tests. The doctor will then offer a treatment plan.

      You really need to speak with your parents about this matter, but be aware that they may be under great stress right now. Speak with them in a mature and constructive manner that makes you an asset to the family.

      Best wishes that your Dad has a good outcome.

  3. QUESTION:
    Aunt just diagnosed with breast cancer now liver lesions?
    My 42 yo aunt has just been diagnosed with breast cancer thru a biopsy its came back as a stage 23 grade 2.So they did a PET SCAN when they go the results back the doctor said everything came back clear except her liver had some spots that looked suspicious so they are now going to do a liver biopsy.Could this be cancer to? If so how if her lymp nodes came back clear ?how could it have spread? What else could it be???Iam freaking out here worried sick I just want her to be better and this waiting and not knowing is killing us!!Also IM confused cause she had her yearly mammogram 10 only 10 months ago!?

    • ANSWER:
      mine went to my liver and uterus even though my lymph nodes were clear,i have 5 large tumours on my liver and was given 3 to 4 months to live last march, but my doc threw everything he could at me and a lot more to come but he reckons i could see my grandchild being born in sept, (my first by my only daughter), and even my 50th birthday next jan, because he shrunk the tumours so much, what i am trying to say is, if they can shrink my big buggers then think what they can do with your aunts spots. positive thinking really helps, and it may not be cancer, she`s is lucky to have people who love her. hope her results are good x

  4. QUESTION:
    Regarding the question posted about “cancer terminology” in regards to liver cancer?
    I just read a post that someone is trying to clear up the term lesion. I ask this because I’m wondering if this is how liver cancer is detected, would one of the many symptoms of liver cancer be lesions shown in an ultrasound? Lucikly for me, I too did have an ultrasound for my liver but they found no lesions

    • ANSWER:
      Ultrasound is one way but MRI,CT scans work well also

  5. QUESTION:
    liver cancer?
    Can a person have cancer in the liver when blood test for liver comes back normal? I have lesions, need biopsy and am considering not having it done.
    Thanks for the advice so far, but honestly cancer in the liver is pretty much fatal. If it’s there, it’s there. I don’t want to go through a biopsy again. Had one in a different spot toward the end of last year. I’m drained.

    • ANSWER:
      Please go have the tests immediately,this is your life you are dealing with.

  6. QUESTION:
    My aunt had surgery for her colon cancer, but now there’s cancer lesions on her liver. Is it curable?
    She’s in a hospice program for the terminally ill because they say there is no cure for colon cancer. If there was no cure, what is the chemotherapy for?

    How much time does she have left?

    http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/guide/treatment-stage?page=2

    This site says the 5-year survival rate for Dukes D Colon Cancer is about 8%.

    Does that mean only 8% of the people live past five years?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, if you’re aunt has lesions in her liver, then her cancer is most likely incurable. It means that it has metastasized (spread from her bowel to liver). The reason they are offering chemotherapy is that chemo can be used even in palliative patients to slow progression, but primarily to reduce symptoms. i.e. If someone has a cancer in their throat that has spread to their liver, chemo may be offered to slow the growth of the cancer in their throat so they can continue to eat alone without the aid of medical devices.

      Your interpretation of the 5 year survival rate is correct.

  7. QUESTION:
    liver cancer- if you dont KNOW dont try to answer?
    female 23
    numerous liver lesions

    total liver failure
    mass in stomach

    talking to her about resuscitation preferences

    is there a stop gap method for for liver failure?

    would they transplant if , if cancer is present and its a large tumor?
    ok there are lots debate in within YA, however obviously my daughter is dieing and I would have thought just a small amout of humanity would have suggested you lay off over this question

    • ANSWER:
      Agree with Denisedd- sounds more like gastric cancer with liver spread (metastases). Has either the liver or stomach mass been biopsied? If this is metastatic disease, transplant is not an option. Outside of treatment for the primary cancer, the liver failure will not get better; furthermore the liver failure creates many problems with administering the treatment in the first place, so starting treatment may not even be an option. There really is no other stop-gap measure here. I am truly sorry to not have more positive advice. A biopsy needs to be done though- if it is lymphoma, then this suddenly becomes a completely different (and much better) problem.
      Blessings

  8. QUESTION:
    Liver lesions…what is the prognoses?
    My mother in law had breast cancer about 4 years ago, she then had a breast reconstruction.

    Recently she’s been diagnosed with liver lesions and needs chemotheraphy.

    Has anyone known someone close to them that has had liver cancer? What is the prognoses?

    My husband and I are pregnant with out first child, and first Grandchild for my mother in law, I really want our child to grow up knowing her, what are the chances???

    Thank you in advance for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Not very good I’m afraid. She may be fairly limited in her time unless they have got the liver lesions at an early stage

  9. QUESTION:
    I have a question about liver lesions, just like “scared.”?
    I am a 49 year old female, have been having problems that sound like gallbladder to everybody that I talk to. I have had an ultrasound, and they called me saying I need a ct scan because they saw “abnormalities” which are lesions on my liver. They think they are most likely hemangioma, which are benign, but of course I’m terrified. I’m always healthy, this is the first health problem I’ve ever really had. Wondering if at my age I should be scared that it is liver cancer, it is all over the internet. A couple of older members of my family have had cancer, but not anything like liver that I know of. I am having pain in my shoulders after eating, some queasiness with greasy or fatty food, and some diarrhea. Sounds like gallbladder, which I will have tested, but doctor’s don’t get in any hurry! it takes a few weeks to get things done. Anyway, anybody know anything about these lesions? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a 30 year female and have lesions on my liver too. Mine are from being on birth control for 10 years. Don’t let this worry you too much until they do some more test.. I asked to not biopsy mine just yet.. so we are watching it to see if it grows.. Time will tell my dear and if you are a healthy women with no other signs it may just be there like mine.. I know its scary they found mine in the ER during a cat scan.. Took a week till anyone called me back.. So I proceeded to call and call until they could give me some answers. I wish you well and are praying for you..I found a lot of help on Web MD.. What is on my liver may never go away but may also never do any damage on less it gets bigger. The only thing for me is that can no longer take any kind of hormones. (which will stink during those hot flashes yet to come).

  10. QUESTION:
    Lesions on the liver and pancreas?
    It may be a case of cancer. Has anyone here been treated for liver cancer and what does the treatment entail. Thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      My sister is a liver cancer survivor, her treatment was a liver transplant (outside the US) and chemo

  11. QUESTION:
    How commonly are lesions of the liver benign?
    I was in hospital before christmas with kidney stones: CT scans revealed that I have largeish lesions on my liver, which the CT could not identify, so am going in for an MRI tomorrow. I’m obviously nervous and hoping I’ll be told I’m fine and can just go home, no worries. So I’m just wondering what other people’s experiences of this are – is liver cancer common when lesions are a symptom? And do benign lesions require surgery? I’m already booked in for cytoscopy for the kidney stone, and would really like to avoid further surgery!!

    Anyone else out there in the same boat??

    • ANSWER:
      50% chance of either.
      Best of luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    my mother in law is 6o years old has smoked for years and has type 2 diabetes, has she got liver cancer?
    she has been told after numerous tests that she has lesions on her liver and some on her lung the docs have told her that there is huge chance of cancer. she looks to me to be slightly jaundice and has fluid build up in her ankles and feet has loss of appetite. does anyone have any info or advice on what they think and how advanced it is and if there is anything she can do to slow it we are waiting on results from endoscopy , and praying Any info please????

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry Joanne, but it isn’t possible for someone to slow down cancer on their own. She may not have liver cancer as often presents as a solitary lesion. Multiple lesions are more consistent with metastatic disease. Lung mets usually show as multiple lesions as well, most of the time at the base of the lungs. Doctors do not know how to treat her until they know what kind of cancer they are dealing with and it sounds like that is what they are doing now.

  13. QUESTION:
    Secondary liver cancer from the bowel?
    Hello

    I am a 23 year old male, diagnosed with Duke C bowel cancer in may 2008. I had a proctocolectomy to remove the tumor but it spread to the lymph nodes and a recent ultrasound showed mulitple lesions on my liver.
    I am not so concerened whether i live or die but really just how much pain i will experience with or without medicine as i am quite sick to death of hopsitals and am not really happy of the idea of more hospital stays and/or drugs.

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      This is terrible news and you are far too young to have to deal with it. I am so sorry.

      If you have multiple liver lesions surgery is not going to fix it. It sounds as though you understand the prognosis is not good. I know one can only take so much of doctors and hospitals before you are sick of them. You need to talk to your oncologist about your priorities to make sure your goals are the same and discuss your concerns about pain. Not everyone experiences severe pain. Also, be clear about your objections to drugs. What is it that makes you dislike them? Do they make you nauseous? Fuzzy headed? Sleepy? Your doctor can work with you to give you different or a combination of drugs that are better for you, but they need to know what you don’t like about them first. If and when you are ready hospice really is a good idea. When you feel like it look into a few in your area and talk to them about how they would handle your case. Best wishes.

  14. QUESTION:
    Liver cancer case-last stage- request opinion of expert-can it still be cured?
    My close relative has liver cancer,she is in india, Her last investigation report states
    “A case of Ca. Pancreas with liver metastases”

    Looking for help, if some expert can look at the report and provide his opinion
    1. Is there any hope left? Can it still be cured
    2. If yes, what can help.

    Report
    Clinical Pathology
    —————–
    Sport urinalysis
    Protien 6.7 mg/dl
    Creatinine 150 mg/dl
    UPCR (urine protein: urine creatinine ration) 0.04466 mg/dl

    BIOCHEMISTRY
    —————–
    refrence range
    MAG MagnEsium 2.1 mg/dl 1.7- 2.4
    CAI Calcium total 9.5 mg/dl 9-11
    BSR Blood sugar 90 mg/dl 60-110
    PHQ PHOSPHOROUS 6.8 mg/dl 3-4.5
    quantitative 24 hr

    ABDOMEN
    ————————————————
    Liver(segment 8) > 2.2cm ( 1.2cm in prev study)
    Liver(segment 6) > 1.9 cm ( 1.1cm in prev study)
    Liver(segment 5) > 1.5 cm
    Uncinate process pancreas mass > 3.0cm

    A case of ca. uncinate process of pancreas with liver metastases
    Target lesions in regard to liver metastasis have increased in size as well as number, suggestive of disease progression.

    HEMATOLOGY
    —————————————————
    TLC WBC COUNT 11540 /cumm 4000-10000
    RBC 3.83 million/cmm 3.9- 5.6
    HB 10.9 gm/dl 13.5-18
    HCT 35.3 % 40-54
    MCV 92.2 76-96
    MCH 28.5 pg/ml 27-32
    MCHC 30.9 g/dl 32-36
    platelete count 3.80 lac/cumm 1.5-3.0
    Polymorphs 80 % 40-75
    Lymphocytes 18 % 20-50
    Eosinophils 02 % 1-6
    HEMATOLOGY
    —————————————————
    PROTHROMBIN TIME-PT. 18.1 sec 11-16
    LFT- FOLLOW UP.
    BILRUBIN TOTAL 0.3 MG/DL 0.2-1.2
    ALBUMIN 3.7 gms % 3.2-5.3
    PROTIEN 6.6 gms % 6.2-8.0
    SGOT-AST 29 Iu/L 0-38
    SGPT-ALT 53 Iu/L 0-31
    ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE 475 Iu/L 108-306
    RENEL FUNCTION TEST-RFT.
    ————————————————————
    UREA 30 MG/DL 10-45
    CREATININE 1.1 mg/dl 0.4-1.4
    SODIUM 138 meq/l 136-149
    POTASSIUM 4.7 meq/l 3.5-5.0
    CHLORIDE 102 meq/l 98-108

    • ANSWER:
      She has pancreatic cancer not liver cancer. Surgery for this cancer is very extensive and not an option in 80% of the cases and certainly not for stage 4 disease. I’m sorry to say this is not curable. Her oncologist is the expert and should have explained this.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for metastatic liver cancer in the elderly?
    My father was recently diagnosed with liver cancer, he’s 88. He has multiple lesions on his liver. It is the secondary site – he had a bout of bladder cancer which (we thought) was being successfully managed. He’s been in great shape, good health and very active his entire life. He is not your typical frail elderly person in their 80s. Its hard to see someone who was formerly energetic and vibrant slipping away. They have done ultrasound and CT scan and needle biopsy is next. We are being told by oncologist that treatment options are limited or that he “may not be a good candidate for chemo”, presumably because of his age and I guess b/c of the advanced stage the cancer may be at. Does anyone have any similar experiences? The Internal Medicine Resident who first saw him said “3 months” but she’s not an oncologist so not sure how much weight to put in that. I’ve heard liver cancer has a bad prognosis and is very quick/aggressive. Would be interested to hear about anyone having similar experiences. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver cancer usually does have a poor prognosis, but I’m not so sure that is what he has. If it is a secondary site than it is not liver cancer. Are you saying it’s metastatic bladder cancer? Are they doing a biopsy of the liver? Maybe they are not sure what the primary site is.

  16. QUESTION:
    Colon/ Liver Cancer Question?
    My mum was diagnosed with colon cancer that had spread to her liver 6 months, at the time she was told she had 3-6 months to live. A few weeks later she underwent surgery to have the majority of the tumors in the liver removed.

    She still has a few small lesions on her liver, up at the top and some on the right hand side approx 7/9 – she had 3 months of chemo and once the review came they said it was a ‘mixed response’ some had grown a little- some stayed the same.

    They didn’t do a scan of the bowel, Why is this? As they need the tumor there to shrink to undergo surgery on the bowel/ liver at the same time.

    Another concern is that they always scan her chest to see if it’s clear, I know its a common place for the cancer to break off to- but what is the likely hood and how long would it take?

    Thanks a lot

    • ANSWER:
      The liver is the most common place for colon cancer to spread to. It is a little strange to be given 3-6 months to live and still be doing surgery and chemo. However, she should have had a colon resection before chemo started and if any liver lesions are removed it is usually done then. It is pointless to remove them and leave the cancer in the colon and they usually don’t remove them if there are more than 2-3. If the liver was scanned than the colon was too. It is impossible to know if or when it may spread to the lungs.

  17. QUESTION:
    My 79 year old father-in-law was recently diagnosed with secondary (metastatic) liver cancer.?
    He has multiple lesions on his liver. The doctors have been unable to determine the primary site of the cancer. They “think” it may be the pancreas and have advised that it is sometimes difficult to diagnose cancer in the pancreas. He is bleeding internally and has needed several blood transfusions over the last 6 months. He has lost 35-40 pounds. His ankles are very painful and all the doctors can say is that it is an infection, which they are treating with aggressive intravenous antibiotics. Due to his age and other heath concerns (prior heart attacks), the doctors do not think chemo is possible. He has not been given a prognosis; (no one has asked). Can anyone give me a prognosis of how long he might have?

    • ANSWER:
      It is difficult to treat cancer with chemo when you do not know the primary site. They should be able to tell from a liver biopsy. He should have also had a PET. If this is the only area cancer is seen it will depend on how much his liver is involved. If it is pancreatic cancer the median survival is 2-6 months. If they cannot stop the internal bleeding it will be several days to a few weeks.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is a liver lesion?
    Im a 20 year old male 6′ 170 pounds, healthy and in shape, with no history of cancer in the family and I was told I had a liver “lesion” show up on a CT scan. Is it likely this is cancer? I just joined the army and found this out and im fairly scared that its cancer or something because I dont precisely know what a “lesion” means when discussing the liver and everything Ive searched online with regards to liver lesions comes up liver cancer. What are the chances, with my lack of cancer history in my family, and my age that this is something i should be stressing over? Could prescription drugs that I used to take have caused this? Could an old injury from a fight could have caused it? Thanks for all the help…

    • ANSWER:
      A “liver lesion” could refer to almost anything seen on a CT scan in the liver. That term isn’t descriptive at all. It simply means that there was some kind of spot visible on the scan. There are a multitude of things that could be visualized like this in a CT. One would have to view the scan and know your medical history to start venturing guesses. Hopefully you have a follow up with your doctor, since he or she can give you much more definite answers. Cancer, however, isn’t very common in young adults, so don’t worry too much about that diagnosis at this point. It’s much much more likely to be something else!

  19. QUESTION:
    Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    liver ultrasound results…does this mean I don’t have liver cancer?
    i had a liver ultrasound done and it said that it was very fatty. Because of the excess fat, localized lesions can’t be seen clearly but no mass lesions have been detected. Does this mean I do not have a tumor which in turns means no liver cancer?

    I had the ultrasound done because I had elevated liver enzymes so my doctor suspects it to be the liver inflammed from fatty change. But after 3 months of exercising and dietary change my liver enzymes have returned to normal. Please let me know if the terminology from my ultrasound means no liver cancer. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you had liver cancer the doctor would have told you because there would be treatments involved. A fatty liver is more common than most people realize. Question your doctor and make sure that he or she answers all of your questions.

  21. QUESTION:
    liver lesion and blood tests?
    my mom had a blood test done a few months back and the results showed something wrong with her liver. my mom has had arthritis since her 20s and has had numerous joint replacement surgeries. she is on steady pain medication and so they thought it was all the medication taking its toll.

    fast forward. she was having an attack that sounded like it might be her gall bladder and so she went in to have an ultrasound. while they did in fact find gall stones they also found a lesion on her liver.

    she is going back in tomorrow for a more thorough cat scan on her liver and i am worried. most of the research i have done shows that benign lesions on the liver are common and usually nothing to worry about, however, these people also had normal blood tests.

    my question is if anyone out there with medical knowledge can let me know if her blood test showed damage to her liver does this increase the chances that it is cancerous?

    i know there is no way for anyone to tell me “your mom is fine” or “your mom has liver cancer”

    but any personal stories or medical advice would be appriciated.

    i am just scared. my mom’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same age my mom is now. she lost her battle at 59. i have also lost both of my dad’s parents to cancer so i do not take it lightly.

    i’m not ready to even think about losing my mom.

    • ANSWER:
      First let me say I am sorry to hear about your mother going through a rough patch right now. Ok so they found a lesion on your mothers liver that does not necessarily mean that it is cancer.

      I myself had an ultrasound done on my abdomen a few years ago due to random shooting pains I would get every now and then. While my bladder was normal they found a lump/lesion on my kidney. Granted I had normal blood work numbers (creatine levels were normal) but it really worried me none the less. I had a CT scan performed on my abdomen and they fount it just to be a cyst (dromedary hump) which is a normal variant.

      I am not saying that absolutely nothing is wrong with your mother, but it could be an illness less threatening than cancer. Do not work yourself up until your mother has already received her results. I wish you and your mother the best of luck.

  22. QUESTION:
    Liver Lesion on CT scan?
    My husband has been having gastrointestinal problems (gas, change in bowel habits, constant cramping feeling in upper right quadrant) since Christmas and we always thought he just had a sensitive stomach. It’s gotten progressively as time’s gone on and he went to see an GI. The GI did a HIDA scan, colonoscopy and endoscopy and everything turned out fine. He issued him a prescription for intestinal spasms and left it at that. My husband didn’t want that answer and went back to his family doctor who issued a CT scan. They found a lesion on his liver, unfortunately they did not say where or how big. He’s going to get a MRI done now so we will know more soon. I’ve been trying to look into what causes liver lesions, what all it could be (cyst, tumor, etc) but only one thing keeps popping up and that’s liver cancer. Does anyone have any idea or can you give me more insight? It’s much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband had same tests and a lesion was found. He went in for a ct guided biopsy and it was just a hemangioma. Your husband doesn’t even have any symptoms of liver cancer…

  23. QUESTION:
    How can cancer spread without lymph node involvment?
    My aunts lymph nodes came back clear but they found lesions on her liver she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.They are doing a liver biopsy.We have no idea right now if they r cancer or nothing Iam praying they are nothing.But how can cancer spead without lymph node involvment? Whats the possibilty this is just nothing?
    They did blood work came back as non-vascular

    • ANSWER:
      I’m curious what you mean by “they did blood work came back as non-vascular.” The truth is that all tumors have some vasculature or they wouldn’t be able to survive. Tumors feed on the same oxygen and nutrients that the rest of your body feeds on, and more.

      As a result, the cancerous cells can enter the blood stream and travel through the body, coming to rest in other locations. The liver is a prime target for these rogue cells because it works like a filter for the blood.

      The lymphatic system definitely plays a part, but positive nodes do not always precede distant metastases.

  24. QUESTION:
    what is a lesion found on a cancer patient who has prostrate cancer, lymph glands also and hip bone. now it sa?
    the cancer patient has prostrate cancer, with lymph glands also and on hip bone. Now they found lesions on the liver. he was scheduled for surgery to remove everything involved, when the ultrasound picked up the lesions on the liver. Surgery was canceled until they can be cleared for an MRI. What exactly is a lesion? Thanks. Thoms626@verizon.net

    • ANSWER:
      A lesion is an abnormal area in an organ or tissue (it is a nonspecific term for an abnormality). Since the patient has cancer it is likely that the lesion is cancerous.
      Advanced prostate (not prostrate) cancer can metastasize (spread to other organs) making treatment very difficult. If the cancer has spread the treatment will be different than if the cancer was localized to the prostate. Once cancer spreads chemo or radiation is usually necessary in addition to surgery.

  25. QUESTION:
    what is a persons chance of surviving stage 4 colon cancer w/2 lesion on the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      one year–80%
      two year–68%
      three year–52%
      four years and after–below 50%

  26. QUESTION:
    life expectancy w/ stage 4 colon cancer mest to lung and liver?
    I know i’m asking for an ans for which there is no definitive one…here goes. My boyfriend was diagnosed w/colon cancer 4 years ago. had surgery, chemo, radiation, removed large section of colon. 2 years ago and pretty much non-stop, chemo, radiation, then mest to lymph nodes, lungs and liver. had cryo laser surgery done in nov, said was good. but then got lung infection, cea up to 49, 3 weeks later, 156, Jan 2 Cea 250 w/ 15 lesions on liver, excructiating pain, still doing 10 chemo pills ago (not responding). went to er last night, liver’s enlarges, sent him home w/ stronger pain pills (was vicadine, not sure what now) but still has to double up to minimize pain. He’s given up,(is pretty mean) says the doc’s haven’t given him a time frame but told me not to buy him a birthday present (aug). he refuses to talk about it, says it will jsut upset me. I say I have a right to know. help? ideas? timeframe? he’s 55

    • ANSWER:
      Just going by the info given I would say, he is right that he might not see his next birthday. You might do some research on the stages of dying. It sounds like he is in the acceptance stage. It might be helpful for yourself, and allow you to be more of what he needs(not that I’m saying you aren’t right now). I have some training in helping the dying as a “Stephen Minister”. It has been a little while, and I have never actually had a case yet (Thank God), but I do know that there are definitely stages, The loved ones also go through the same stages, but at their own rate, and at times that may not be very helpful if you know what I mean. An example might be that he is in the acceptance stage ,and you might be in the denial or bargaining stage. Anyway this isn’t really what you asked but, I think it will be helpful to you at some point. Maybe there is even some info on-line. Also a hospice maybe able to give you some reading suggestions, maybe even a support group.
      If you attend a church, It maybe that they have a “Stephen ministry program” or if they do not then they might be able to put you in contact with a church that does.
      May God bless you both, and strengthen and comfort you.
      You may e-mail me if you wish.
      EDIT: You do not have to belong to a church or even be a christian to ask for a Stephen Minister.

  27. QUESTION:
    does anyone have experience with bowel cancer which may have spread to the liver,?
    I have a small 1cm lesion in my liver which may or may not be cancer, what might be symptons one might look for

    • ANSWER:
      I have colon cancer with mets to my liver. I have had 5/6ths of my colon removed, and am now awaiting a liver resection. Have you had the primary cancer removed? Did you do radiation or chemotherapy? I had to have a CT, Ultrasound and an MRI for the radiologists to determine that most of the spot in my liver were complex cysts (which can be misdiagnosed as cancer), but I have five spots – which ‘appear’ to be cancer that the chemo has already treated. Since the spots are still visible I am having them removed.
      Are you aware of your CEA level? This is your blood reading that for some people is a good marker to indicate active cancer. If you are not aware of this test, it is likely that your Oncologist would have past records of your readings. You should know what they are and see if it has fluctuated.
      There are no symptoms of tumours in the liver. There is no pain (thankfully).
      Wendy
      www.wendysbattle.com

  28. QUESTION:
    Anyone here with breast cancer metastasis to the liver?
    My aunt was diagnosed and by the time she noticed the lump in her breast it had spread to her liver she has about a dozen lesions on her liver.They haven’t done much with the mass in her breast they have said the main concern is her liver at the moment.She is taking chemo treatments every week and the breast mass has shrunk in size and she is doing well considering.Her blood work has been coming back normal every week except last week her white blood cell count was high and she could not have chemo.Iam wanting to talk to people who has went thru this or is going thru this same situation .What was/is your course of treatment? how are you doing? I know this is serious and would lover more info from someone knowledgeable. Also her breast cancer is 98% estrogen positive,mildly differentiated.
    She goes back for another round of tests wensday since having chemo to see if its working and Im just really worried.She is like a mother to me and I want to be there to support her and just understand all I can.
    edit sorry i meant*the tumor in her breast is a Grade 2. The cells are somewhat abnormal (moderately differentiated).

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry about your aunt, but metastatic breast cancer is not curable, it can often be managed for several years though. She is getting the standard course of treatment and it looks like she is responding well if the tumors are shrinking. It is also good the tumor is moderately differentiated and ER positive, which means the tumor will likely respond to hormone therapy as well. She does have a long road ahead of her. She will still need a mastectomy, possibly more chemo and radiation, before hormone therapy. Best wishes to you both.

  29. QUESTION:
    A friend just diag. w/uterine cancer has to have 2-3 liters of fluid drained weekly. What’s happening?
    Uterine cancer (aggressivve),w/lesions on liver & lung. Beer-like fluid w/foamy head needs to be drained weekly. 2 to 3 liters each time.
    Whats going on?

    • ANSWER:
      Her ascites is probably caused by ‘seeding’ from her tumors . . the small nodules or cancer ‘seeds’ embed themselves into the lining of the soft tissue within the abdomen and cause an irritation. The response by the body is to produce fluid . . in excess .. which is the ascites.

      There is some treatment available for those with uterine cancer that have ascites that is done palliatively. It may cut down on the fluid. It’s called hyperthermic chemoperfusion and you can find literature about it at the National Library of Medicine:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16437944

  30. QUESTION:
    TACE – in Liver Cancer?
    A women of 72 years, having liver cirrhosis and blood sugar, spleenomegaly, cholelithiasis, bronchitism, ashma having a lung capacity of less than 10% is now diagonised to have hepatoma, having 3.7 x 3 centimeters size space occupying exophytic lesion in the right lobe of the liver. Whether TACE is an effective treatment for this patient and what are the risks associated with this TACE treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      This should have been discussed with the oncologist when it was recommended. This is a part of the decision making process. TACE in this case is likely a palliative treatment and it is effective. There is risk of hemorrhage and developing an abscess which could be fatal.

  31. QUESTION:
    My mother has been diagnosed with cancer. Can that cause her toenails and feet to turn black?
    She has cancer in both lungs, both adrenal glands, 3 lesions on the liver, and a mass between her ribs. One of the masses has increased in size from 3 cm to 10.5 cm in ONE MONTH. She also has a small lump on her head. Could the feet turning black also be caused by the cancer? (like maybe in her bones or something?)

    • ANSWER:
      I do not know about the skin turning black but the link below may help with the cancer.

  32. QUESTION:
    Father has lesions in hip bone, spine, around heart, lungs, liver, gallbladder and chest cavity…?
    My father’s health has been going downhill for the last 6 months. It started with his kidney’s failing due to diabetes and he was doing pretty well until about a month or so ago. He’s been on dialysis for close to 6 months, and has been complaining of severe pain in his back and side.

    So, the doctors ran a few tests and I was aware of the lesions on his liver and gallbladder but was not aware of the ones on the other parts of his body. The doctors do not know if it is benign or malignant yet, and are trying to decide when to schedule him in for the biopsy. He had to be readmitted to the hospital last week due to the amount of pain and inability to walk.

    My question is:

    has this ever happened to you or anyone you known and it turned out to not be cancer? I don’t know what will happen if it is malignant because his health has degenerated so quickly. I’m trying to spend time with him every day, and I’m worried about what will happen in the next few months. Is there any way I can help prepare myself to help my father get through this?

    Any advice or comment is appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to speak to his doctors as they have all the information needed to answer you and we do not. It would be very unusual to not know if any of those sites are cancer are not and they are an unusual array for metastatic sites especially since you did not mention any lymph nodes unless that is what you mean by around the heart and chest cavity. I’m not sure why they didn’t do a biopsy when he was in the hospital.

  33. QUESTION:
    lesions on liver/non specific?
    Hx 5 year post Breast Ca.
    Recent dx nodule on lung and 2 leisions on liver. Dr note states “unable to rule ot mets at this time.”
    Can anyone tell me about leisons on the liver. What it could be, if NOT cancer? Dr is out of town.
    I need to know if they can be anything else so that I can get through the week without worrying quite as much.
    Dr did sign off on the staetement w/no addl instructions for follow up.
    Thanks Susan, it does help me breathe a bit easier. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver lesions could be cysts or other benign abnormalities. I had that, and no problem.
      You can have a biopsy done in order to know for sure.

  34. QUESTION:
    Please guide – liver cancer ?
    My father , 56 y, is suffering from Hep. B and is on Adefovir (Hepsera) , recently he had undergone MRI which reported as under :

    ” The study shows ultered signal intensity of lvier parenchyma. Focal Lesion measuring 24×21 mm is seen in Seg. 6 of right lobe of liver appearing Hypointense in T1W & hyperintense in T2WI with tiny hyper intense focus in T1WI. The lesion shows heterogenous enhancement post contrast study with small non-enhancing areas within. The intra hepatic biliary radicals are not dialated. The prota hepatis is normal, the spleen is normal ”

    The reports for other organs revealved normal except a small cyst on right kidney.

    IMP. THING 1m AGO ALSO HE HAD UNDERGONE A SONOGRAPHY WHICH REVEALED EVERYTHING IS NORMAL IN LIVER AND THE VIRAL COUNT FOR HEP. B WAS ALSO UNDER NORMAL RANGE. BUT IN 1m VIRAL COUNT HAS ALSO INCREASED TO 5.82 AND THE MRI REVEALED AS ABOVE.

    HIS CHILD PUGH SCORE IS 10.

    Pl. guide to go for transplant/rfapi and whether in 1m this can hap.

    • ANSWER:
      liver tumour or hepato-cellular carcinoma is grave thing to happen to someone. There are various modalities for treatment. including tumour resection , chemotherapy , laser ablation of tumour and percutaneous alcohol injections. your report indicates that it is still confined to one segment of liver which can be resected and you can achieve good 5 year survival rates. So u better hurry and show it to a good hepato-biliary surgeon to get desired results.

  35. QUESTION:
    found out i have a low density liver lesion???what is that?
    I been looking online to try and find out what this is and now im even more confused, things about cancer and Hepatitus keep popping up around my searches, im only 27! can liver lesions like this just be like not a problem< or are they an indicator of some serious problem always??Im freakin out here man!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not a doctor….but I lost my wife last year to cancer…she was 24 when diagnosed, 41 when she passed away….eventually it moved into the liver, lungs, backbone, etc…..but don’t worry. Most people have lesions (hemangiomas) on their liver and don’t even know it and they are not neccesarily cancerous. High Density Lesions are what doctors seem to be most concerned about. Anything that is somewhat opaque or transparent (low density) usually do not cause concern. They are similar to a bruise or at least they show up that way on a CT scan or MRI. Did the doctor who diagnosed the lesion recommend doing a biopsy to see if they are malignant? Most doctors will take a wait and see approach. In 3 months time if the lesion has not grown any, changed shape or density, then most likely you are OK. You would know in that time, if there was a problem. If you lose a substantial amount of weight within 3 months (20-30 lbs) or get very weak and are tired all the time (can be caused from anemia)….I would see your doctor again. Bottom line….I would not worry, unless your doctor says you need to.

  36. QUESTION:
    What could a lesion on the liver be?
    I have a lesion on my liver.What could it be? What could cause this? I have pain under my right rib cage.Lower right side pain.And pain that runs from my vagina and my anus.Is this a sign of cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver and Bowel cancer go hand in hand with each other, so have you had your bowel checked out?. It sounds like a cancer spot on your liver, but only a specialist is able to give you a correct diagnosis. The liver is the only organ that can grow back again, so if it is a cancer lesion they will operate and cut part of your liver away and allow it to grow back again. This is quite a big operation and it will tire you somewhat and you will look dreadful with dark rings around your eyes for about a month. Good luck anyway.

  37. QUESTION:
    In the anterior segment of the right lobe of the liver is a indeterminate 2.4cm high density lesion why?
    I had a ct scan on yesterday and the results were in the anterior segment oft eh right lobe of the liver
    there is an indeterminate 2.4 cm high density lesion could this mean cancer

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Do we have a malpractice claim for the doctors lack of diagnosing my father with cancer sooner?
    My father had liver cancer 6 years ago. The surgeon removed the cancer w/surgery. Ever since then his PCP gives my dad CT scans to check for any growths/lesions/etc. every 6 months. Recently my dad went for a regular colonoscopy and they found a tumor & then determine he had a lesion on his liver. After a resectioning of the colon, they informed us that he has liver & colon cancer & is at Stage 4 & it has spread to his lymph nodes. Why didn’t they find this earlier with all the precautionary tests his PCP does?
    Just to add: my father was having a slew of complaints: (i.e. pain, pressure, tiredness, bowel movements probs). And also the oncologist stated that they could tell the “lesion” on his liver has been on my father’s scans for some time and at least the liver cancer was not that aggressive but now it is pushing on his diaphragm & is inoperable. (the oncologist has just recently reviewed my father’s records)

    • ANSWER:
      No. There is no malpractice here. It’s the cancer that is deceptive. It can hide out inside the body for an undetermined amount of time and than reoccur . .there is nothing that anyone can do except to remain constantly vigil . .and even than as you have discovered it can be too late. Reoccur cancer can move aggressively and very fast . . especially metastatic cancer . . your Dad always had these malignant cells sitting there . but no test could detect them until all of them grew at once . . and by than he is filled with cancer. That is why cancer is so feared.

      In answer to your specific question about why it was not found earlier . . because it was ‘unseen’ . .’microscopic’ . . there are no known tests that can detect microscopic cancer cells. With a CT the nodules or tumors need to be at least 1 -2 cm before they can be detected and that is only if you know where to look for them. Usually by the time they are seen . . there are many, many of them spread throughout the body . .all growing at the same rate . .and by than scans will detect them everywhere. This is also the reason that adjuvant chemotherapy is often offered . .to kill off residual disease that is lurking in the body . .sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. There is no cure for metastatic cancer . .only treatment . .but there is never any guarantee.

      Don’t blame the doctors. Blame the cancer.

  39. QUESTION:
    I went for a CT scan and the discovery of low attenuation lesion on liver is accidental.?
    In my CT scan, the report wrote that I have low attenuation lesion on liver and it stated that it is probably a perfusional anomaly. Can anyone tell me what does this mean? After the report was out, the doctor just sent me home and told me that I don’t have to come back again for any appointments. However, I tried searching on google about low attenuation lesion on liver and found out that several results stated that it might be linked to liver cancer. It may be malignant or benign. Should I contact my doctor?
    I am only 16 years old.

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  40. QUESTION:
    My mom has Type 4 Breast Cancer, and its spread to the spine and her liver. what does this mean?! please help
    my mom has always been really sick. they said that the “lesions” (or w/e technical term they called them) where very small on both her liver and spine. i’m just afraid shes not gna make it or its gonna go bad. and im trying to be positive… ALWAYS i am. but sometimes it passes through my head. i’m just so scared. she’s my mother….please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Lesions are small bits of cancer that have started a new breast cancer colony far away from the breast . . your mother has stage IV cancer which is referred to as Metastatic breast cancer. It is difficult to treat but not impossible . . much will depend on your mothers age, overall health, and response to treatment as well as the specific type of breast cancer, location of tumors, and how aggressive the disease turns out to be. There are also now treatments which prolong the life of the patient . .essentially allowing them to live with cancer . . although the goal is to get rid of it . . sometimes that is not possible . . there are other diseases which need medication to control the disease (like diabetes) and so the idea is to treat the cancer as a chronic disease and bring it under control with medication. In this process the hope is to prolong life while research continues for a ‘cure’. If this is what happens with your mother than she could be with you for quite a while . . there is no guarantee . .but it is possible and that is what you need to maintain hope for.

      There is still hope for your mom to respond to treatment . .lesions are small . . and if she can find the right chemotherapy or radiation to get rid of the ‘mets’ than she will be better off . . if not perhaps she will find a medication (targeted therapy or other treatment) that can be taken daily and she will learn to live with her cancer.

  41. QUESTION:
    Scarring of the liver and cirrhosis?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:
      Lena, an alcoholic is THE most difficult of all patients to help, especially when you want to do so much. ALL that you describe is due to alcohol. At first alcohol causes liver cells to fill with fat and produce an enlarged fatty liver which alone has caused sudden death. In time, as liver cells die, scarring results and can then progress (under the microscope) to produce a smaller scarred liver called alcoholic cirrhosis. The liver then produces inadequate clotting factors which can produce skin and other hemorrhages, as well as leak fluid into the belly (ascites), and change blood circulation to overload and damage an eenlarging heart under strain as well as dilated, thin-walled esophageal veins (varices) which can anytime suddenly rupture as great quantities of blood are coughed up. Hepatitis c also damages the liver and is believed to be a cause of liver cancer. As long as your husband continues to drink alcohol, he will continue to go downhill and die in spite of your efforts. Try the phone book or call Al-Anon, an organization for spouses of alcoholics for much more information on how to deal with your extremely difficult situation. You cannot go it alone and expect and success.

  42. QUESTION:
    Making some sense out of my liver ultrasound results…?
    because my ALT was elevated (roughly 132)…I had an ultrasound done, please help make some sense out of the language…my doctor says it’s just a mild inflammation of the liver because there is too much fat in it (non-alcoholic):

    1. Liver is normal in size: if I had severe inflammation would my liver be enlarged?
    2. No focal or any lesions present: does this mean I have no tumors? Which means I don’t have liver cancer?
    3. Markedly echogenic shows that liver has gone through extensive fatty change: Pretty much means fatty liver I’m sure…

    Thanks it would be nice if someone could just clear this up for me if they know a lot about ultrasound results…THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      It means that your liver is working overtime to clean out the blood. You can use a body cleanse which will help to lover the ALT levels and it won’t hurt the body – promise. You do not have to stop eating, just don’t eat junk (fast foods), more greens, veggies, salads are best (no creamy dressings; vingerattes are fine.) Try this website as I have ordered from him before and can vouch it’s safe.

  43. QUESTION:
    what is hype-attenuating lesions?
    I have a liver lesion and I was trying to find out what this was. I have had a CTA with contrast and a MRI with contrast and they said it was not cancer but I just wanted to know what I could do for this pain in my side. I have had my gallblader removed for several years now.

    • ANSWER:
      You are probably referring to hyperattenuating lesions in your liver? More than likely, your physician wanted the scans to rule out or confirm the presence of liver disease. Hyperattenuating lesions could indicate progression or presence of liver disease. It would be best to sit down with your internist and have him/her explain the diagnostic findings.

      Be careful about any advice given on Yahoo answers, no one can give you a good medical opinion without seeing the study results and knowing the full patient history.

  44. QUESTION:
    tumor found on liver, 2.5 years since…any cancer doctor or radiologist? plz comment?
    so I had pain in upper right part, they did US of abdomen/tyroid, seen a area of about 4cm on liver, US said unkown eitilogy, followed up with a CT, doc called said its a fatty liver after ct RESULTS came back but ordered a follow up in 3 months, did a followup US, they said its stable and likely fatty liver, doc suggested one more after 18 months and just got that done, are still remain 4.5cm with no new mass/lesions, however US says the area is LESS CONSPICUOUS this time, he said no more follow ups, pain happens still when eat something greasy/oily,
    do you guys think that a normal protocol of something like that?

    PS: very high cheost/high blood pressure, no other know diseases

    • ANSWER:
      Trust me as a Cancer survivor you just don’t wait. You need to see a new Oncologist as soon as possible. If it is Cancer, it has to be removed. Cancer “spreads”. I had it first when I was 24 and didn’t know it and had my first operation at age 25 and then at age 27 it was back and I had to have a completely hysterectomy. In 2006 it was back again and this time on my stomach and a piece of my liver. Recently I was diagnosed with two tumors (Cancerous) on my brain and am having surgery this month. The Dr’s have told me there is something causing my body to form these tumors and this time they promise to do as many tests as possible on tumors and DNA strands to try to figure it out.
      DO NOT waste time on a Dr. who wants to sit around and wait. PLEASE get a second opinion. If they feel it is a a fatty liver and safe I might still get a third opinion. I’ve had chemo and radiation three times and it isn’t worth it if you can avoid it by having surgery and getting it removed before the damage spreads.
      Sometimes Dr’s don’t have the time because they are spread too thin to pay the amount attention they need to to a patient. It is your responsibility to take your health care in your hands and do as much research as you can. Go the the American Cancer Website and they can hook you up with so much information you will be shocked..they’ve helped me 100 times over.
      Please don’t just take this Dr’s word. There is actually a blood test they can take to see if you have Cancer that your Dr. can order but that too is not totally reliable and you need to get a second opinion. Life is precious…you only get one. Good luck.
      Peace, Love & Happiness

  45. QUESTION:
    Sarcoidosis or cancer? Anyone been threw this?
    My doctors don’t know what is wrong with me. I have had about every blood test there is, and they are all normal. They first thought I might have breast cancer, that was spread due to a swollen lymph node in my neck. Ultra sound showed that the “mass” in my breast was also a lymph node, that was about 3cm. They said it wasn’t breast cancer, and blood tests ruled out lupus. So they sent me for a CT.

    The CT that shows over 100 enlarged lymph nodes. The largest one being in my abdomen, that is 8cm (a little over 3 inches). Swelling of the spleen, and liver and a small spot on my liver. Lesions in both lungs, one that is 8cm by 5 cm.
    It also showed something abnormal with a bone in my lower back on the right side. That my doctor says may either be a weak spot or something growing in the bone. So now I need an MRI to see what that is.

    And they are doing a biopsy of the lymph node in my right underarm. It is also massive in size, and they are going to remove the whole node.

    cont.
    They are still saying it may be lymphoma, and today said it may be sarcoidosis. My doctor said due to my age that he doesn’t believe it is lung cancer.

    Has anyone else had these symptoms. Including, night sweats, fevers, unexplained weight loss, and fatigue. And all the other things I have? If so what was it?
    I am just not sure what to do, I have been going for tests for 2 months now. And they still aren’t sure what it is.

    And the stress from all of this is driving me nuts. I have 5 kids to take care, 3 that are toddlers. And I am just so tired and worn out. And sick of doctors right now :(

    • ANSWER:
      My brother has sarcoidosis, and like you, it took a long time to get a diagnosis. My brother has it on his spleen but it can attack any organ of the body. Unfortunately the only way to diagnose sarcoidosis at the present time is by eliminating other diseases, like cancer. This is what my brother went through and unfortunately sounds like what you are going through. Here is some info.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/sarcoidosis/article.htm

      Good luck x

  46. QUESTION:
    Liver hemangioma vs Lesion question?
    OK I had a CT scan and since 05 i have had what i thought was a hemangioma, nw they are saying its not a hemangioma but a lesion, whats a lesion whats the difference between the two and the used a bunch of garbly words like it has isodense appearance, and homogenuis uptake11 by 18 mm’s in size and not cassic but can be seen in my age or somethng (Im 32 no female hormone use heavy cancer hustory in family and I do smoke) never had hepatitis or any of those diseases can a lesion become cancer, they said it was not when I asked also this is on the right lobe of my liver….. please tell me what all this means as much as ya can

    THANK YOU FOR ANY HELP AND INFO IN ADVANCE!! Please IM me if you can help me figure this out

    • ANSWER:
      The definition of a lesion covers all sorts of tissue abnormalities, so it could be anything that differs in appearance, compared to normal tissues. Its the words that go along with it that describe the nature of the lesion. Isodense means that the spots looks normal in an X-ray or MRI image. Classic (cassic?) lesions have distinct borders and are depressions (rather than bumps). Homogenious uptake means that the tissues in the lesion seem to function the same as surrounding tissue with regard to the substance that that was measured.

      Putting this altogether, it looks like you have a spot on your liver with no apparent effect. Its possible that you used to have a hemangioma that disappeared and left a small crater – this is common with hemangiomas. Most cancers that start as lesions do not begin as classic lesions.

  47. QUESTION:
    Recently found a lesion in the low left lob of my liver. Need to worry?
    I have not been feeling well for the past 5-7 months. After many question and answer appt’s with my Dr. I started having weekly blood tests to check various things. My erythrocyte sed rate and c-reactive protein were more than double the reference ranges. I also had abnormal liver function tests. After ultrasound I was told I had a lesion and needed a CT scan to determine whether or not it was something to worry about, which in fact I had done today. Although I have high hopes of benign findings I can’t help but factor in my constant sick feeling, flu like, pain when pressure is put on my abdomen and my grandmother passing from liver cancer. Anyone that can give me some helpful statistics would be greatly appreciated.
    No biopsy, as of yet.

    • ANSWER:
      The one thing I can say is : Do not put the carriage before the horse.
      Wait and let your tests get done, its a big worry but you can do it. Are they planning a biopsy ? Once you find out what it really is its hard to have a settled mind, I know , been there. But take things one day at a time. Always wish for for the best. And think to yourself, How strong am I ? Even if there was something, science and the medical field have come so far and the fact that you seem to have caught it in the early stages( because it has not taken over your kidney, only a lesion) then you will get through this with time, and with hope and with loved ones by your side. Be strong for you. I wish you only the best.

  48. QUESTION:
    Pressure on upper right abdominal area?
    I feel constant pressure /bloating feeling near my upper right abdominal area for almost 5 months now. I recently got an blood test for the Cea Ca-125 Alpha fetoprotein; they all came back negative. I also got an MRI that shows an unconfirmed report of liver lesions
    , they say I need a follow up until next month… Can liver lesion cause these symptoms or is it liver cancer? Also I got a gastroenterology test that says I have an small ulcer in my stomach with a inflammation. I am on omeprazole for 3 weeks, but the symptoms are still there. Whats wrong? Can this be liver cancer?
    Thanks, Also this pressure is relieved when I lay down? Why does this happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Naturally, as I am not a doctor, I can’t say it is or isn’t. You really do need to follow-up to find out and confirm the cause of the lesions of your liver.

      Just as a side note: my right upper quadrant was “bloated” and uncomfortable and I had either pressure like pain or stabbing pain in the URQ area with my gallbladder disease. If the doctors do rule out your liver as the cause for your abdominal pain, I suggest you get a HIDA scan w/ CCK done of the gallbladder (All my blood tests, Ultrasound with CCK, and CT scan were normal, the HIDA scan with CCK was the one test which gave me the answer I needed)

      I did do a little research and it says that most liver lesions do not cause abdominal pain. However, the fact that you alpha-fetoprotein levels are normal is a good sign since it can be elevated with liver cancer.

      I wish you the best of luck in finding out what this is and I hope you feel better soon!!

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      Liver Cancer

      What are the symptoms of liver cancer?

      The initial symptoms (the clinical presentations) of liver cancer are variable. In countries where liver cancer is very common, the cancer generally is discovered at a very advanced stage of disease for several reasons. For one thing, areas where there is a high frequency of liver cancer are generally developing countries where access to healthcare is limited. For another, screening examinations for patients at risk for developing liver cancer are not available in these areas. In addition, patients from these regions actually have more aggressive liver cancer disease. In other words, the tumor usually reaches an advanced stage and causes symptoms more rapidly. In contrast, patients in areas of low liver cancer frequency tend to have liver cancer tumors that progress more slowly and, therefore, remain without symptoms longer.

      Abdominal pain is the most common symptom of liver cancer and usually signifies a very large tumor or widespread involvement of the liver. Additionally, unexplained weight loss or unexplained fevers are warning signs of liver cancer in patients with cirrhosis. These symptoms are less common in individuals with liver cancer in the U.S. because these patients are usually diagnosed at an earlier stage. However, whenever the overall health of a patient with cirrhosis deteriorates, every effort should be made to look for liver cancer.

      A very common initial presentation of liver cancer in a patient with compensated cirrhosis (no complications of liver disease) is the sudden onset of a complication. For example, the sudden appearance of ascites (abdominal fluid and swelling), jaundice (yellow color of the skin), or muscle wasting without causative (precipitating) factors (for example, alcohol consumption) suggests the possibility of liver cancer. What’s more, the cancer can invade and block the portal vein (a large vein that brings blood to the liver from the intestine and spleen). When this happens, the blood will travel paths of less resistance, such as through esophageal veins. This causes increased pressure in these veins, which results in dilated (widened) veins called esophageal varices. The patient then is at risk for hemorrhage from the rupture of the varices into the gastrointestinal tract. Rarely, the cancer itself can rupture and bleed into the abdominal cavity, resulting in bloody ascites.

  49. QUESTION:
    focal fatty infiltration of liver?
    I recently had an CT scan that showed “Focal Fatty infiltration is noted adjacent to the ffissure for the falciform ligament, and the liver.” Can anyone tell me what that means. I have tried to look via the net to find out info about it and it does not tell me anything. My family has a history of liver disease including my father who did have liver disease and my grandfather who had cancer of the liver. My grandmother had some lesions removed from her liver. I was wondering if this is something that I need to be worried about. Or what are some types of treatment for this. I have had numberous abdominal surgeries and have also had an cholecystectomy done.

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  50. QUESTION:
    Kidney cancer spreading to lungs?
    I have a large tumor in one kidney, and my doctor says there is a 70% chance it is malignant. On a chest X-ray, he saw some “lesions” in my lungs and has now ordered a CT scan of my chest. But my primary doctor had already detected the lesions in my lungs and said they were scar tissue.

    How likely is it that the cancer has spread to my lungs? My liver, colon, stomach, other kidney and organs have been checked and have no tumors.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Renal (kidney) cancers can spread to the lungs, but this speculation is not very helpful. I would need to see the “large tumor” in one kidney which must have shown up on x-ray studies, and I would need to see the Chest X-rays your primary doc thinks show only scar tissue. Even then, it would be speculation. That is why you are having a CT scan of the chest.
      None of these questions can be answered without a tissue biopsy which I assume will be the next step. We cannot diagnose cancers with x-ray studies alone. We must get biopsy tissue and look at them under the microscope.
      Your concern is understandable, but no one can tell you from this distance. Best of Luck that this all turns out on the good side.


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Prognosis for Primary Liver Cancer

Liver is a vital organ and damaged liver function gives rise to various health complications. Liver lies in the upper right side of the abdomen and plays an important role in blood purification and production of bile that helps in the digestion of fats. Liver also works as a storehouse of glucose, the primary energy source.

Cancer that begins in the liver itself is known as primary liver cancer. When a patient is diagnosed with liver cancer, liver cancer prognosis provides information to the patient and his relatives about whether removal of cancer is possible, whether the patient is going to recover or what are the chances of recurrence of cancer, what are the treatment options, etc. In case of some patients, fast growth of cancer is noticed while in case of some other patients, slow growing cancer is noticed.

Liver cancer is recognized as a silent disease because no symptoms are exhibited during early stages. Early detection of cancer (when it is confined to the liver only) makes removal of cancer possible. It is possible to kill cancer cells with the help of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Liver transplant is also opted for, if the cancer is detected in early stages. Thus, prognosis of primary liver cancer detected in early stage is quite favorable. But generally, liver cancer is detected at advanced stage, when the cancer has spread to other organs. In such cases, liver cancer prognosis is very poor. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are still the treatment options, but the treatment is mainly focused at relieving the pain and making the life of the patient as comfortable as possible.

Primary liver cancer is also known as hepatocellular carcinoma. Alcohol abuse leading to liver cirrhosis can eventually cause liver cancer. Hepatitis C and hepatitis B can also cause liver cancer. After the surgical removal of cancer, about 30% people live for more than five years. Liver transplant increases the life expectancy up to 75%. Let us now take a look at what is the prognosis for liver cancer that has originated in some other part of the body and has eventually spread into the liver.

Prognosis for Secondary Liver Cancer

Secondary liver cancer is also known as metastatic liver cancer. As the name suggests, cancer has metastasized and spread into the liver and therefore prognosis for metastatic liver cancer is usually very poor. In such cases also, early diagnosis; i.e. when the cancer has spread only to the liver and not to any other organs of the body, makes a lot of difference (helps increase the life expectancy).

Abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, undesired weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, dark colored urine and pale colored stools are some of the commonly noticed metastatic liver cancer symptoms. Liver biopsy, MRI scan, gamma PET scan, Extreme Drug Resistance (EDR) test help understand the nature of cancer tumors which in turn helps determine the nature of the treatment. Test reports help select proper drugs and help determine chemotherapy dosage. Secondary liver cancer prognosis and secondary liver cancer life expectancy are very poor. Patients with metastatic liver cancer die within six months to one year of diagnosis, because the treatment options are limited. Similarly, prognosis for stage 4 liver cancer is also very poor. Stage 4 indicates advanced or last stage of the cancer. It suggests that the cancer has invaded several parts of the body. Cancer diagnosed at stage 4 cannot be cured so palliative therapy is usually followed.

Thus, liver cancer prognosis is influenced by type and stage of cancer and the overall health of the patient. Age, sex and hereditary factors do influence liver cancer prognosis. Availability of the advanced treatment options and how the patient responds to the treatment determine the prognosis for liver cancer. Use of proper medications, naturopathy medicines, nutritional therapy, mind-body medicine, and spiritual support help increase the life expectancy of the patient. One should not lose hope after knowing about the prognosis of metastatic liver cancer. Patients should always read the stories of the people who have successfully fought this disease. Strong mind and willpower help increase the life expectancy of liver cancer patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is the life expectancy of liver cancer in the 4th stage?
    my dad was diagnosed with Liver Cancer back on 14 Feb. he has had 2 chemoembolizations and now the cancer has spread… what is the life expectancy of Liver Cancer in the 4th stage?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone is different and depends on age and current health – my dad was 76 when he had bowel cancer which had just spread to his liver & kidney – he died 6 weeks later? I hope your dad is a lot better than mine was but to be honest once it has gone to the liver it will be a short time because if the liver is faulty it affects other organs of the body. To be certain talk to his doctor, we were told at the time 6 month to 1 year?

  2. QUESTION:
    I want to know what is the life expectancy of liver cancer?
    My aunt was diagnosed with liver cancer and I would like to know the seriousness of it. I also would like to know what is the life expectancy of liver cancer patients. Please help….I am really worried about her.

    • ANSWER:
      On the seriousness scale, it is very serious. You are not giving any information to determine the survival rate. At best the 5-year survival rate is about 85%, but only about 10% fall into this category. At worst, survival is 3-6 months.

  3. QUESTION:
    I was just wondering how long the life expectancy of liver cancer at the fourth stage was?
    My dad was just diagnosed with liver and colon cancer, he just got an operation and removed the colon cancer and he has liver cancer at the fourth stage. He is going through chemotherapy right now and i was wondering what his life expectancy was going to be and what is the worst possible thing that could happen with the chemo, we are figuring he will be on it for roughly 4 months and then a major surgery and then chemo again for another 6months to make sure everything is gone… if all goes well.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think your dad has liver cancer, as it is far more likely that he only has colon cancer with mets to the liver. I am sorry, but in this situation the 5year survival rate is only about 5%. He is being treated with chemo to buy him more time not to cure him. At this point the worst thing that can happen with the chemo is that it does not slow the progression of his disease. I have the feeling this is not what you expected to hear and I am so very sorry.

  4. QUESTION:
    sister with final stages what is life expectancy Liver cancer 6 liters fluid removed unable to eat dehydrated?
    had 6liters fluid removed dehydration unable to keep food down what is the life expectancy in a case like this

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  5. QUESTION:
    life expectancy with liver cancer?
    in 2005 i had my pancreas taken ,now i have been informed that the cancer has spread to my liver i have been recommened to have chemotherapy,to prolong my my quailty of life what is life the life expectancy

    • ANSWER:
      If the cancer has spread to your liver you do not have liver cancer. So, what kind of cancer do you have? Pancreatic? Bile duct? Chemo may prolong your life by weeks to months. This is a question you should ask your oncologist. They have all the necessary information and that is what they are there for.

  6. QUESTION:
    what is the life expectancy of liver cancer?
    45 yrs old with melanoma cancer

    • ANSWER:
      what people here are describing is hepatocellular carcinoma…which is a primary cancer of the liver. In your question you said that the patient in question has melanoma which is in most cases a skin cancer. If the patient has melanoma with liver involvement (that would be called metastasis), unfortunately that is considered incurable.

      The five year survival rate is around 10%. However there is palliative treatment which helps make the last months of life more confortable and bearable to the patient. There have been people who lives years with metastatic melanoma with appropriate aggressive treatment. That said, this depends on the case in question and the type of metastasis. With liver involvement this type of aggressive treatment is not usually undertaken.

      Try to spend as much time as you can with this person. God bless and i wish you all the courage you can muster.

  7. QUESTION:
    Life expectancy for primary lung, secondary liver cancer?
    My grandma has been diagnosed with primary lung and secondary liver cancer. It has also spread to her bones.

    What is the life expectancy for this kind of cancer? Please dont just have a guess. I want answers from people who actually know!
    the doctor has said that the cancer is very advanced…

    • ANSWER:
      The progress of your grandmother’s disease, her response to treatment, and general health all factor into her prognosis. Every case is unique. No one can accurately predict the lifespan of an individual patient, not even their oncologist.

      Based on your description, your grandmother has stage 4 lung cancer with multiple metastasis. It is likely that she will receive chemotherapy to slow the cancer’s overall growth plus radiation targeted at the bone lesions. Further surgery is generally not viable in her circumstances.

      Among all patients with your grandmother’s status, the long term prognosis is unfavorable. Their 5 year survival rate is in the low single digits. However, in very rare cases patients have experienced long term remission.

      Best wishes to your family. Here are some websites with accurate and useful information: the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute.

  8. QUESTION:
    what is the normal life expectancy with liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      here’s the best answer yet — a lady who has posted on the below forum has been through 14 years with Stage IV breast cancer and she’s doing just fine:

      “16 Jan 2007 07:21 PM
      Come January 15, I will be a fourteen year survivor of metastatic breast cancer. I can’t believe that even as I write it. I was first diagnosed in 1988, at 32. When the cancer came back, to the bone, five years later it came on so hard, I was given a year or two to live. I had a really rough time the first two years. Hormone treatments weren’t working and then, weirdly, things turned around and they were. I had a stem cell transplant in 1995. Since then, I’ve been on hormones and xeloda. In the time I’ve had stage four cancer, I’ve fallen in love. I wrote a book, am about to publish a second one, lived for a year in India and learned to speak Hindi, lost both parents, gained so many good friends. learned so much. I guess what I’m saying is that, even with Stage 4, I’ve had a full life.

      I wanted to come on here and tell people all this. There really wasn’t any reason to hope fourteen years ago–the cancer was breaking bones, was uncontrollable. Then, suddenly, there was. You just can’t give up hope. You can’t know what is going to happen. You can’t go on statistics, In your darkest times, try and remember that cancer is mysterious and that that can work in your favor. It can get mysteriously get better.

      Wishing everyone here health, love, peace, and hope. Much love, Kathy”

      http://community.breastcancer.org/topic/8/conversation/507238

  9. QUESTION:
    husband just diagnosed with colon cancer metastatic to liver what is life expectancy with treatment?
    has had surgery to remove the colon cancer
    His colon cancer is Stage IV , he hasn’t had any chemo treatments yet, we are to see his the cancer dr. soon. Yes, we are right with God, very active with our church family. I just wanted to know what others may can tell me that have been thru this before. Know nothing about chemo. He has a large mass in right lobe of liver and several smaller ones in the left lobe.

    • ANSWER:

      http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewforum.php?f=1

      Please visit this forum; it has many wonderful people on it currently fighting and in remission from colon cancer or colon-rectal cancer. There are Stage IV survivors and fighters that post as well and they are all a very informative group of people.

  10. QUESTION:
    my mother in law has stomach, liver, and lung cancer, what is life expectancy?
    She is on morphine for the pain (is getting no treatment since it’s terminal) she as turned yellow, eats extremly little, hardly no stools or urine, it usually take her almost an hour to have a little stool, very weak, sine she is yellow of skin and eyes what does this exactly mean?

    • ANSWER:
      If this is a gastric adenocarcinoma with extensive liver involvement and lung metastases – and no systemic treatment “chemotherapy” is being tried – time is expected to be limited to days or weeks rather than many months.

      Why is the attending physician not explaining this for the family? My patients and the family members who came to the office in this situation always had the best information I could provide – though no doctor ever knows exactly how long a patient may live in advanced cancer situations. Have you been with your mother-in-law when she sees her oncologist? That is the best way to learn the prognosis.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the estimated life expectancy of a 2 year old child who has had liver cancer & transplant?
    He also has to go thru chemo and can’t keep his anti-rejection meds down. His incision is still leaking bile and they won’t start chemo until it’s healed completely.

    • ANSWER:
      ask your Onocologist
      I’m sorry for your son’s problem.. HUGS

  12. QUESTION:
    Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer Life Expectancy?
    What is the life expectancy of a person with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer? The cancer spread to the liver, lymph nodes, and lungs.

    • ANSWER:
      I know you may have not heard of low dose naltrexone “ldn” , it is an fda approved drug that is working wonders everyday all over the world , it many uses was discovered in new york by dr bihari. , here is the kicker , it is an off label use drug , that means it was intended for something else to begin with , doctor bihari in ny found it does amazing things for your immune system , it modulates it , supercharges it , and that my friend is the number one killer of disease including cancer . fyi , thousands of medications are used “off label” everyday , google it
      check out this video , there are 5 doctors speaking about ldn , the 4th one talks about late stage pancreatic cancer spread to the liver , please watch , the guy is still alive and well and working 8 years after he was told to get into hospice , here is the link >>>>>>video is from 2008 ldn conference at a medical university , the 2009 ldn conference was held at the nih , national institutes of health in oct. thousands upon thousands of cancer patients who were told nothing could be done by their cancer docs are still alive and cancer free or on the way to being cancer free after (ldn) low dose naltrexone , after other treatments failed .

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRI5f69N2eo&feature=PlayList&p=3A8C2E2AED3ECA8D&index=28

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daz1fqkdo…

      more people need to know about this !!!!!!!!

      this guy on you tube named joe wouk ,
      he had the worst kind of ms , after 3 months on ldn he has no more ms symptoms and is normal ,
      he wrote a book called “GOOGLE LDN” he tried all the conventional drugs for ms and all they did for him was make him sick and he still had disease progression , so found out about ldn,
      he is ok now, here is the link for his video

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hlceaqwb…

      its a 3 part video

      low_dose_naltrexone@yahoo.com
      I have more videos about ldn from medical doctors and patients , and pharmacies
      Source(s):
      IT WORKS REGARDLESS OF AGE, IT IS BEING PRESCRIBED FROM TOTS TO 100 AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN , IT WORKS WITH YOUR BODY , NOT AGAINST IT

      a body of research over the past two decades has pointed repeatedly to one’s own endorphin secretions (our internal opioids) as playing the central role in the beneficial orchestration of the immune system, and recognition of the facts is growing.

      Witness these statements from a review article of medical progress in the November 13, 2003 issue of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine: “Opioid-Induced Immune Modulation: …. clinical evidence indicates overwhelmingly that opioids alter the development, differentiation, and function of immune cells, and that both innate and adaptive systems are affected.1,2 Bone marrow progenitor cells, macrophages, natural killer cells, immature thymocytes and T cells, and B cells are all involved. The relatively recent identification of opioid-related receptors on immune cells makes it known that opioids have direct effects on the immune system.3″

      In human cancer, research by Zagon over many years has demonstrated inhibition of a number of different human tumors in laboratory studies by using endorphins and low dose naltrexone. It is known that the increased endorphin and enkephalin levels, induced by LDN, work directly on the tumors’ opioid receptors — and, induce cancer cell death (apoptosis). In addition, it is known that they act to increase natural killer cells and other healthy immune defenses against cancer.

      in people with diseases that are partially or largely triggered by a deficiency of endorphins (including cancer and autoimmune diseases), or are accelerated by a deficiency of endorphins (such as HIV/AIDS), restoration of the body’s normal production of endorphins is the major therapeutic action of LDN

      I have read info from medical doctors that people with cancer , ms , crohns, autism, aids , ra , autoimmune , and many other diseases have low endorphin levels , low dose naltrexone 3 to 4.5 mg at night will double and triple your levels and , for example people with ms , the immune system stops attacking self and and only goes after non self , thus the progression of ms is stopped in its tracks .approved ms drugs that have killed people cant come close to the effectiveness of ldn , and it has no side fx , people this is real , learn about ldn , tell others !!!

  13. QUESTION:
    what is the life expectancy for pancreas & liver cancer non-operable aged 43 woman, jaundice already set in ?
    only just found out and can only have chemo, but said i have has it for quite a while, as i have only abour 1inch left of my pancreas and have 2 tumors in my liver in seperate places
    thanks for answering if you can just for peice of mind
    hi, thanks for the answers its not me that has the cancer it is my mum and she is in deniel as my nan was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and she had radiotherapy she thinks she is hoing to be fine her veins are collapsing so she can only have meds oral given im just a bit worried as i am the next of kin & am going to see the cancer doctor on friday i use to be a supervisor in a company that cared for patients like my mum but did not ask any personal questions so i did not get invoved within the families but it is my mum im only 23, my sisters are 19 & 12 what do i say to them what questions could i ask the doctor ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Beth,

      I am sorry to hear about your mom. Most people with pancreatic cancer expire within 6-9 months of diagnosis. From what you are saying it sounds like your mom’s time is getting short. You need to tell your sisters, they have a right to know. You will find the right words. Ask the doctor about hospice. These people are truly wonderful and will not only help care for your mom, but the entire family. They specialize in end of life situations.

  14. QUESTION:
    In the last eight months, liver cancer, bone, and now adrenalin gland. Is my life expectancy getting shorter?

    I am happy and having a great time.

    It’s not getting me down, it’s just pissing me off that it’s happening when my career is soaring and I enjoy the island very much.

    Thanks to all who answered and e-mailed me.

    Time to plan a mega party. More on that later.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you may have immune system problems.
      however, they say laughter is a real good medicine in the cancer treatment.
      My personal opinion, not based on heavy research, is that cancer happens in bodies that are Acidic. you can test this with litmus paper.
      if you are I suggest moving you eating habits that balance your PH or move it to the alkaline side.

  15. QUESTION:
    father in law diagnosed liver and lung cancer no cure what is life expectancy?
    father in law diagnosed liver and lung cancer no cure what is life expectancy has had it approx 18 months also has chirrosis of liver waht can we expect in terms of symptoms and life expectancy

    • ANSWER:
      It is just not possible in this individual case to state future out come in view of multiple and terminal diseases.
      His treating DOC/TEAM only can only tell as they know all clinical parameter and his clinical status.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy of NSC lung cancer mets to brain-liver-bones-spleen?
    Long term on pain management for back -felt new type pain around tailbone late June 2008 . Diagnosed in Late August -started radiation mid Sept. Shourl he do CXhemo? Pain is tremendous

    • ANSWER:
      Pain control is paramount in this situation. This is a possible Hospice situation – if the malignant disease is as advanced as described. I have not seen this person. I don’t know the tumor burden in the lungs, brain and liver. His doctors know his case FAR BETTER than we can know it over the internet. Hospice situations involve people with expected survivals of less than six months. Usually liver involvement means less than six months, BUT each person is different and this person could do better than the averages suggest.
      Spleen is an unusual place for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. Are you certain the spleen is involved?
      Chemotherapy is never a cure in these situations. In some cases it may do more harm than good for this type of cancer at this stage in my experience over 20 years as a cancer specialist MD. It will be up to the patient and his doctors to decide whether to try chemotherapy for palliation to perhaps buy some extra months of survival time. The pros and cons are very close to canceling each other out in this situation.

  17. QUESTION:
    what is the life expectancy of a person with colon cancer that has spread to both her liver and lungs?
    my aunt has colon cancer that has spread to both her liver and lungs and she has diabetes…im really scared of loosing her because ive read that once cancer reaches the liver theres not much chance of recovery…i just want to know how much more time i have to spread with her…

    • ANSWER:
      hey man, she’ll probably go pretty quick, but thats only what doctors say. your aunt will not die until God says its her time. We once had a close family friend with cancer. the doctors said he would last between 2 weeks and one month. he survived for 18 months before he passed. spend as much time with her as possible!

  18. QUESTION:
    pancreatic cancer diagnosed 10mths ago liver cancer 2 months ago what is life expectancy jaundice & fluid in.?
    once the jaundice & fluid have been detected what is the life
    expectancy

    • ANSWER:
      DONT think of dying be strong and fight it you can do it.
      just go find the right doctor and pray to god he will help you i promise.

      hope u get better and sooon.

  19. QUESTION:
    what is the life expectancy of one who has colon cancer with mets to liver, lungs who develops jaundice?
    been on chemo 1 yr or more. also has nodes in neck and abdomen pelvic region.
    Also, what is the death process. Is it painful or will they go peacefully.

    • ANSWER:
      The median survival for stage 4 colon cancer is 2-2.5 years form diagnosis.
      You should look into hospice to help you with pain control.

  20. QUESTION:
    Stage 4 Esophogeal Cancer life expectancy?
    my uncle has stage 4 esophogeal cancer that has spread to his lungs, liver, and several other organs. The doctor said it is definently terminal. He is undergoing chemotherapy…..how long would you imagine his life expectancy will be?
    The Doctor said he hopes for 11 months but i know doctors sometimes make generalization in order to comfort the patient.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had maybe one patient who survived a year in that situation. Unfortunately most survive less than 6 months, and most of them less than 3-4. Sorry.

      Blessings

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy of a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver?

    This is small cell carcinoma.
    Thank you. God Bless you and your work. The website helped, too.

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many other things that factor into a life expectancy besides the actual diagnosis. For example, the will to hang on, family or friends who are unaccepting or unable to come to terms with the impending death, faith in God-or lack of, unresolved issue or affairs not in order……you get the idea. Often, people will succomb to complications from their disease first. (In this case, an example would be pneumonia, organ failure, sepsis…) No one can give you the “real” answer your looking for. But, the diagnosis you mentioned does not give you long. I am an oncology nurse, and I have seen people linger far longer than anticipate (and beyond most odds), and people who leave so much sooner than thought. I can tell you it is an important time to speak what’s in your heart and help the person who is dying find a sense of peace. If this is a person who is close to you, there will also be an important time to tell them it’s ok to go. I’m so sorry that this has touched your life, I know what a hard journey lies ahead. I hope you peace and comfort in knowing that the human spirit lives on……and they never really leave us. They just get to the next place a little sooner. God bless you and yours.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can somebody update me on the real life expectancy of a 78 yr old with stage IV esophageal and liver cancer?
    My father has been diagnosed with Stage IV Esophageal and Liver Cancer in May of this year. He is currently finishing his second round of chemotherapy. He has told me the oncologist doesn’t see either radiation or surgury as an option. I was wondering if anybody could give me more current information regarding pro longing his life? What I should expect, etc? How long do patients really live with current treatment options? Please don’t ask me why I don’t ask him, talking to him about this is morbid at best.

    Thanks for any help :-)

    • ANSWER:
      If he is receiving a single agent chemo the response is about 2-5 months. A multi agent chemo has a median response of about 7 months. You can go on an appointment with him or ask your dad to give his oncologist permission to speak to you and you can discuss your concerns directly with the doctor. This makes it a little easier for both you and your dad. Oncologists are usually very kind and are used to explaining things to family members – it’s a big part of their job. Best wishes.

  23. QUESTION:
    stage 4 pancreatic cancer life expectancy?
    my g-ma just got diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. it has spread to her liver but i guess those spots are small. Honestly, approximetly how much time does she have to live? She got her first set of chemo today. The doctor won’t tell us her life expectancy. She said it wouldn’t be fair to tell her. Shes 61, looks healthy, and so athletic. Shes never had any other health problems. Please only answer if u know the answers factual. Shes my heart. I don’t want to be misled.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry about your grandmother. I was lucky enough to have mine for 35 years. It has been several years now and I still miss her very much. Of course no one is able to predict when someone will die and yes, every person is an individual. There are also patient’s who surprise us and live far longer than expected.

      However, I believe you asked this questin, because you want to know and you did ask to not to be misled. We have keep information on everyone diagnosed with cancer for 40 years and this is what our statistics are based on. Patients with stage 4 pancreatic cancer have a median survival of 2-6 months. Meaning 2-6 months after being diagnosed with stage 4 disease half the patients are alive. Patients with a better performance status live the longest. It appears your grandmother is in this group. At this point treatment is to prolong her life with as little symptoms as possible. Unfortunately, we already know we cannot manage or control pancratic cancer.

      Live for today and enjoy every moment together.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is jade goodys life expectancy now? If her cervical cancer has spreaf to her bowel groin and liver?w?

    • ANSWER:
      Not good.
      She’s just had ‘life saving surgery’ on her bowel.
      Max Clifford, her publicist, said yesterday that she has gone public about it all to make other women aware and to raise money for her boys who will soon be without a mother.

  25. QUESTION:
    what is the life expectancy of someone with stage 4 colon cancer that has gone to the liver and lung?

    • ANSWER:
      Stage IV cancer is no longer the death sentence that it once was. There is treatment but there are no guarantees. The truth is that no one knows, not even the doctors, the life expectancy of these patients. Much will depend on the patients overalll health, age, and response to treatment. The goal will be to gain control of the disease and hopefully place the patient into remission. If that is not possible, than it may be possible to find a treatment to keep the cancer under control and live with the cancer (much the way a diabetic lives with diabetes by taking insulin).

      The patient needs to find out as much as possible about the disease. Find out the treatment options. Go to a designated comprehensive cancer center for the best possible treatment.

      Cancer that has gone to the liver and lung can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, radiofrequency ablation, chemoperfusion . . there is treatment but the patient has to be willing to fight for it.

      NCCN: Clinical Guidelines for Colon Cancer

      http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/PDF/colon.pdf

      NCI: Colon and Rectal Cancer

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/colon-and-rectal

      Peritoneal chemperfusion

      http://www.hillmancancercenter.org/surgonc/peritoneal_chemo.html

      Radiofrequency Ablation

      http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/sitemap/modal-alias.cfm?modal=rf_ablation&bhcp=1

      People Living with cancer

      http://www.plwc.org/portal/site/PLWC

      Depending on the patient than . . life expectancy may be far better than you expect.

  26. QUESTION:
    life expectancy w/ stage 4 colon cancer mest to lung and liver?
    I know i’m asking for an ans for which there is no definitive one…here goes. My boyfriend was diagnosed w/colon cancer 4 years ago. had surgery, chemo, radiation, removed large section of colon. 2 years ago and pretty much non-stop, chemo, radiation, then mest to lymph nodes, lungs and liver. had cryo laser surgery done in nov, said was good. but then got lung infection, cea up to 49, 3 weeks later, 156, Jan 2 Cea 250 w/ 15 lesions on liver, excructiating pain, still doing 10 chemo pills ago (not responding). went to er last night, liver’s enlarges, sent him home w/ stronger pain pills (was vicadine, not sure what now) but still has to double up to minimize pain. He’s given up,(is pretty mean) says the doc’s haven’t given him a time frame but told me not to buy him a birthday present (aug). he refuses to talk about it, says it will jsut upset me. I say I have a right to know. help? ideas? timeframe? he’s 55

    • ANSWER:
      Just going by the info given I would say, he is right that he might not see his next birthday. You might do some research on the stages of dying. It sounds like he is in the acceptance stage. It might be helpful for yourself, and allow you to be more of what he needs(not that I’m saying you aren’t right now). I have some training in helping the dying as a “Stephen Minister”. It has been a little while, and I have never actually had a case yet (Thank God), but I do know that there are definitely stages, The loved ones also go through the same stages, but at their own rate, and at times that may not be very helpful if you know what I mean. An example might be that he is in the acceptance stage ,and you might be in the denial or bargaining stage. Anyway this isn’t really what you asked but, I think it will be helpful to you at some point. Maybe there is even some info on-line. Also a hospice maybe able to give you some reading suggestions, maybe even a support group.
      If you attend a church, It maybe that they have a “Stephen ministry program” or if they do not then they might be able to put you in contact with a church that does.
      May God bless you both, and strengthen and comfort you.
      You may e-mail me if you wish.
      EDIT: You do not have to belong to a church or even be a christian to ask for a Stephen Minister.

  27. QUESTION:
    Breast Cancer metastatis to liver and bone. Stage IV. What is her life expectancy now ?
    My aunt had one breast removed surgically in 2008 for breast cancer. Radiotherapy was done but no chemo as she had no one to take care of if chemo undertaken. Now aged 66 yrs. Last month, it is learnt that it has metastatized to liver and bone. Now on Tab Tamoxifen and still not ready for chemo. Has had early menopause around 37 yrs of age. Friends from medical line please advise about how long she can go without chemo and how this condition will affect her physically ? Thanks a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      As it is advanced stage of the diseases.Treatment is palliative.
      Actual survival is unpredicable individually.it can vary from months to years depending on care and her immune response.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the average life expectancy of someone with this cancer?
    Colon cancer spread to the liver in two areas.

    • ANSWER:
      u can never say but with my mum it was 2 years

  29. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cancer life expectancy?
    My dear friend has just found that she has ovarian cancer. I was soo shocked to hear this she was finee, we would go out and have fun, and then out of nowhere she was diagnosed. She literally had no symptoms, well when I was around she was normal, she has stage 4 ovarian cancer. it has spread to her lungs, liver, and Brain now. I’m just wondering how much longer will she live before I lose my best friend? I got the news yesterday.

    • ANSWER:
      probably 6 to 9 months at the most sorry to say just be there for her

  30. QUESTION:
    In stage 4B pancreatic cancer w/ liver, bladder metastasis at diagnosis what is the life expectancy?
    My uncle 65yr/ male/ smoker 50yrs. There was a golfball sized tumor in the bladder diagnosed by biopsy after presenting with severe jaundice, excruciating pain, often noddining out with chronic fatigue, rapid weightloss (roughly 60 lbs over a period of less than several months), brown urine, grayish stools, a sudden onset of gastric problems… i.e. gerd, diabetes, etc, and incapacitating weakness. I have been staying with him so i have seen him deteriorate like this the last 2mo. About how far along is this?? can anyone with some background on the subject give me either a diagnostic opinion or personal experience?? It is definately unresectable i know that.
    So as far as gemzar chemo or any other regiment.. out of the question?? does he even have months??

    • ANSWER:
      I’m very sorry for your uncle and your having to go through this. It sounds like he just has a short time, a couple more months or less – it is unpredictable and everyone is different, and truthfully, the will to live can keep one going longer than many expect. Specific time is really a guess for any medical professional, but once the weight loss is so severe it is hard for them to keep their energy up, and organ failure starts to be a problem. My father got to this stage and lasted about six weeks longer. My dad had lost almost 70 pounds and had very little strength left – like your uncle. I think you should say everything you need to say, and get things taken care of. Make him as comfortable as possible and make sure he gets to do whatever he needs to do. Again, I’m sorry, and send my best wishes.

      EDIT: Hon, understand your question, but I’d like you to take a look at this link of information about gemzar. The toll on the body is pretty intense. http://www.chemocare.com/bio/gemcitabine.asp

      To tell you my personal feeling: my closest friend went through a very aggressive treatment when she was already very weak. It was dreadful for her, and ended up hastening the end. I still feel that had I known more at that time, I would have told her to stop the treatments and be as comfortable as possible and just enjoy watching sunrises and sunsets for awhile and read books to her and held her hand. I wished I had more time with her – she went so quickly then.

      There really is no way to say how much time someone has, but I think you really should prepare yourself. Yes, it could be more than a couple months, and it could be less, it’s just too hard to say with any certainty, and certainly as we are not his physician, who could give you more but would likely say the same. This would be the time to make sure your uncle has all his things in order. And friends and family should know that as well. Acceptance will make this easier in the long run. It’s difficult enough to face the loss but acceptance can turn one from despair. My mother just passed three weeks ago. As painful as it was, I had come to accept that this was going to happen and for my mom, welcomed the blessing of relief of pain for her. You need to know that they try so very hard to keep going for us, they don’t want to disappoint us. We told my mom, and I told my friend, ‘if you need to go home, it’s okay, we love you, but it’s okay to go home.’ We’d surely want them to stay, but you have to think of what is best for them.

      You might want to consider hospice care as well, here’s a link with some information that may be helpful to you. http://www.hospicenet.org/html/faq.html

  31. QUESTION:
    Any info. on ablation done for liver cancer?
    My father had surgery last week to remove a tumor in his liver. The tumor was too large and an ablation was done instead. The tumor came from the colon. He has been told that the tumor is now gone. Anyone have any info. on ablation in liver cancer and the life expectancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Not all stage IV colon cancers are the same. For example, the NCI reports that patients with 3 or less hepatic (liver) metastases have a five-year survival rate of 20 to 30%.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the average life expectancy for someone with liver failure?
    Someone I know who recovered from stage 3 breast cancer, and has naropothy, type 2 diabetes, and an unhealthy diet was called by her doctor at 8:30 sat morning to be told that she would need to get dialysis because her liver is failing.
    Can you donate half your liver to someone? I would give her mine if I were a match. I just don’t know if it would save her or just prolong the inevitable.

    • ANSWER:
      Your friend will need to get an evaluation done at a transplant center to find out if she would qualify to receive a transplant and whether or not it might be an option for her. They will not accept her for transplant unless they feel the surgery would greatly benefit her and save her life. If she was accepted, you could then discuss with her doctors and transplant coordinator your offer to donate to her. Before making your offer, I suggest you educate yourself as to what is involved in donating a part of your liver to her. It’s a very serious surgery that needs serious consideration. You have to be in excellent health, have a compatible blood type, and be similar in body size plus pass an evaluation in order to donate to anyone.

      I think it’s very giving of you to even consider doing such a wonderful thing. Take it a step at a time and first find out where she stands on getting a transplant at all first, then take it from there. She may need both a liver and kidney transplant from what information you have given.

  33. QUESTION:
    What is a realistic prognosis for stage 3 primary liver cancer?
    My brother, age 50, has advanced hepatitis C and liver cirrhosis. He has now been diagnosed with stage 3 primary liver cancer. Surgery is not an option. His abdominal cavity continues to fill with fluid which is removed about twice a week. What is a realistic life expectancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry but it doesn’t really matter if the cancer metastasizes to a distant site nor will diet or exercise make a difference. When he feels like eating he should eat whatever he wants. Although treatment may prolong life in an individual patient it does not increase the median survival. What really matters is if there is vein involvement, he will last longer if there is not. A realistic range is about 3-7 months. At this point what is important is keeping him comfortable. You may want to talk to his doctor about hospice. Their main focus is supportive care to give him the best quality of life, pain management and to assist him and the family through this process. Best wishes to you both.

  34. QUESTION:
    Life Expectancy for Stage 4 Lung Cancer?
    What would be the life expectancy for a 73 year old woman who has Stage 4 lung cancer which spread to her liver, as well as emphysema?

    • ANSWER:
      My mother showed no symptoms of stage 4 lung cancer. On her birthday, Feb. 09 at the young age of 75, she found out. It had spread to her brain, stomach, lymph nodes. June 4th, rest her soul, she passed away. She had radiation treatments for the brain, and 2 rounds of chemo. She went way to fast. The doctor said with treatment it was up to 18 months. Without treatment it was 3-6 months. I think she had alittle bit of the emphysema too. I am not positive about that. She smoked for alot of years, and quit in January and she wanted to make sure that her lungs were still clear when she saw her doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    How long can someone in their late 70′s survive terminal liver cancer?
    I know terminal means there’s nothing they can do but I just found out my grandmother has terminal liver cancer. I’m going up to see her today hoping that this won’t be the last time I do see her. So could someone give me some idea of the life expectancy, I know you’re no doctors but some of you probably have experience. Thank you x

    • ANSWER:
      Generally in terminal liver cancer patient,s survival is few months but in individual patient it is difficult to predict.It depends on many other factors.

  36. QUESTION:
    Life expectancy for Carcinoid cancer?
    Im 24 years old and have Carcinoid cancer. Found out when I was 18. Had a whipple surgery done and still have it on my liver. Just wondering what an average life span is.

    • ANSWER:
      A good place to ask your question would be the ACOR carcinoid list. They currently have 748 members either with carcinoid or are caregivers. For a while my Drs suspected that I had a carcinoid tumor and while I was monitoring this list I found many very smart people there who were really up on the latest carcinoid treatments. ACOR runs lists for over 150 types of cancer and these lists are moderated to keep out spam and nut jobs.

      http://listserv.acor.org/archives/carcinoid.html

      good luck

  37. QUESTION:
    life expectancy of someone with stage 4 colorectal cancer?
    My mom was diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer in May 2007 she went though 2 yrs of chemo and just recently under went radiation to a tumor that has broke through her skin. It is located in her abdomen and is coming out of her navel. Please tell me with your best guess how much time we have left with her. Her liver and lungs are clear no signs of cancer there. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Statistics do not really help answer questions about an individual patient, but the 5 year survival rate is 5%. Your best information would come from her oncologist.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer…stage 3, possibly limited?
    My aunt has small cell lung cancer. she was just diagnosed and they are saying it is stage 3, limited. BUT there is also a small spot on her liver. I was just curious if anyone knew the life expectancy of someone that DOES treatment with small cell lung cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Small cell is not normally staged in the usual fashion of 1-4. Its either limited or extensive. Once the cancer has appeared in a different location, then it is extensive.
      Small cell responds quite well to chemo, WBR (whole brain radiation) is usually recommended as a precaution as lung cancer has a reputation of travelling to the brain. Becoming N.E.D. (no evidence of disease) is often diagnosed after chemo and/or radiation, unfortunately it has a high percentage of recurring so moderation is frequent.
      I have non small cell, but know of others with small cell. I’ve attached a link for you if you would like support, there are people on that group that are going thru this with small cell, and are now N.E.D.
      All the best to your Aunt.

  39. QUESTION:
    Realistically, what is the life expectancy for a Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer patient in her late 80′s?
    We were told that two spots are now on her liver even after chemo and radiation treatments. Also, in a lymph node near the lungs. What should expect?

    • ANSWER:
      Her age does not matter. You can expect 6 weeks to less likely, 6 months.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can late stage colon cancer be cured? How long is the life expectancy?
    My grandmother was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer (duke system C2) last year July and she lives in Beijing china. She did the surgery in August and took Capecitabine after the surgery for 6 months. In the early months of her capecitabine medication, she took half of the dosage (a mistake). This year May, through pet and ct scan, the doctor said her cancer has came back. She is now in Chemotherapy and just completed her 2nd cycle today. What is her current stage of colon cancer? is it still 3 or is it now 4 because it came back? Her cancer has not spread to liver or lung. Can the colon cancer in her situation be cured? How long is her life expectancy from this point? In china, there are two choices of chemotherapy, a United states kind and a china kind, the china kind is one third of the price, the doctor said it is the same, do you agree?

    • ANSWER:
      Watch this -> (new video released this year)

      http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=F5B32D25BDC2E1977584DF9A1DF9CC0D

      And this -> (old video released in the 70′s)

  41. QUESTION:
    primary liver cancer?
    my mother in law was diagnosed with primary liver cancer and we were told her life expectancy was 5 – 12 months that was in january. she has no pain in the affected area but she has terrible pain in her back and legs she is on morphine twice a day with break through pain relief, is this back pain a sign that the cancer is progressing.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, back pain may be a sign of her cancer progressing. All over joint pain, with generalized body pain & sore achy feelings are typical. check out this web site for signs & symptom checker! Best of luck to you both, AnnaMaria!

  42. QUESTION:
    Life Expectancy for Stage IV Metastatic Esophageal Cancer?
    My fil has been diagnosed with stage iv esophageal cancer which has metastasized to his liver and stomach. They put in a stent so he can swallow but still really doesnt eat much other than soft foods & ensure shakes…they did radiatoin but at this point are not doing chemo. Anyone know anyone with simiar situation? My inlaws do not want to ask how much time he has left and wont let us ask doctor’s either but I want to know what to expect. My mil takes care of him around the clock and is running herself into the ground in the process and is fighting letting us help. How do I get her to let us get involved?

    • ANSWER:
      Life expectancies are averages and everyone is a little bit different. Some people die within weeks of diagnosis, others live several months and a very small percentage of stage IV esophageal cancer patients defy the odds and go into remission.

      In short, no one can give you an accurate assessment of how much time he has left. As far as your mother in law is concerned, letting her know that you are there for her and will be happy to help if needed is enough. Some people just want (or try) to take care of their loved one on their own. It’s therapeutic in some ways, but can become just too much of a burden, especially if the patient lingers. But, that is her decision to make.

      Good luck and God bless.

  43. QUESTION:
    secondary liver cancer?
    my step dad has secondary liver and adrenal cancer, originating from esophageall cancer. His liver nodes were discovered about a month ago and he is not willing to discuss his “life expectancy” Does any one have experience with this and know how much longer I may be graced with this man’s presence in my life?

    • ANSWER:
      Not to scare you are anything but value each day you spend with your step dad like it was your last. My nephews grandma was diagnosed with liver cancer about 1-2 months ago and they gave her 6 months to live and they offered no treatment cause the cancer was far to advanced and I hate to say this but she passed away 5 days ago.So it all really depends on the person in some case some people live longer then the exspected time. Just make time to spend with him everyday and prepare your self for his death.

  44. QUESTION:
    Liver Cancer Questions?
    Earlier this year my aunt was diagnosed with liver cancer. She’s had some surgeries to remove a large part of the tumor and some lymph nodes, but the doctors have found that the cancer has sort of “swiss-cheesed” itself through out her liver for want of a better descripiton. They’re waiting until she heals more after the last surgery to decide if they want to try chemo or radiation.

    Obviously we’re hoping for the best, but we all know that liver cancer is most often terminal. My aunt and uncle are reluctant to discuss anything other than recovery, but can someone give me a realistic life expectancy for her if the chemo or radiation is unsuccessful?

    • ANSWER:
      To answer that question properly, one would need a lot more information. And, even at that all you can do is give averages. For example, for a particular kind of brain cancer the average expectancy is 13 months after diagnosis, but some people die in a few weeks and some live for years. There’s really no way to say for certain, especially without knowing more specific details about your aunt’s case.

  45. QUESTION:
    Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy for stage 4 melanoma skin cancer?
    The cancer has already spread to the lungs, liver and possibly the brain we are not sure about that yet they have scheduled a brain scan. This is my dad who is only 59, he just doesnt seem to know what is going on anymore. He acts like he is lost. What should I expect?
    My dad has been struggling with cancer for about 4 yrs now. The first time the cancer was found in the bladder, kidneys. He now has only one kidney. Later he was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer at stage 3. Back in Nov 2007 he had a surgery removing some lymph nodes and then he began chemo shortly after which made him to sick and he quit taking it after about 3 wks. That was December07-Jan08 about 3wks ago in May 08 they found that the cancer has spread to the lungs and I believe there are 2nodes in each lung and now I was told my dad has stage 4 melanoma skin cancer. I just want some information I have a 10yr old son and his papaw is his world.The treatment he was doing m,t,w for 6 hrs a day started in august they just stopped said it was not working. Now they just started something he only does on monday. He is scheduled for a brain scan today 11/5.

    • ANSWER:
      First – I am sorry to hear about your Dad. Second, as you know there is no stage 5 in cancer, so he is terminal. We are talking months maybe even weeks, not years. If the cancer goes to his brain, your Dad could suffer confusion, and dementia. Not knowing much about his case, I can’t say much more. Right now, some of his confusion just may be related to the shock of his diagnosis and depression. Good Luck

  47. QUESTION:
    Life expectancy with stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver?
    non-alcoholic, diabetic, heart disease, colon cancer (remission), diverticulitis, high blood pressure and hypothyroidisum

    • ANSWER:
      You need more details in order to answer this question with even a good guess. What is the reason for cirrhosis? Hep C? If yes, then the progression could be quicker to total liver failure.

      If this person is experiencing lots of fluid retention that needs tapped often, encephalopathy (confusion due to high ammonia levels), jaundice, internal bleeding and bruises easily, then their liver is near total failure and death could occur anywhere from a few months to a year. Remember this is just an estimate for someone who has all these symptoms.

  48. QUESTION:
    life expectancy for someone that had colon cancer?
    About 2 weeks ago my grandpa went in to have the cancer removed. His wife said it was stage 4 and I know that’s the worst where it spreads to other organs. He said the cancer didn’t spread and he doesn’t even have to go through chemo but he has to get it re-checked in 6 months. I am really confused because my uncle said that they caught it early but it’s not early if it was at stage 4.
    His liver is damaged from heavy drinking years and years ago, and so are his kidneys. [not sure if both are but i'm assuming]
    Does there tend to be a certain amount of time for someone that had colon cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Survival depends on the stage. If it is a stage 1 he wouldn’t need chemo and the 5 year survival rate is 90%. If it is a stage 4 the 5 year survival rate is 5%.

  49. QUESTION:
    Has the human life expectancy decreased?
    know our life expectancy is a lot better than 100 years ago. However, now there are so many diseases going around. My mom got Gastric Cancer last year and is still getting treatment. Grandma on my dad’s side has Esophageal Cancer and is getting treatment. Dad just found out he has heart problems and is a diabetic. An Uncle just died in March from Liver Cancer. And an Aunt just passed this Sunday because she had High Blood Pressure. She took pills and a vessel in her brain burst. And Grandma and Grandpa on Mom’s side both have really high plood pressure and are diabetics. THey’re both rather heavy too.

    What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      In america yep

  50. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between liver disease?
    and liver cancer and if left untreated what is the life expectancy of a patient once diagnosed.a person i know is showing all the signs of the disease but is refusing medical help i just wanted to now how long it will take to kill her if i show her this she may realise that it is time to get help

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of liver disease:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, hereditary conditions,
      auto immune diseases, biliary obstruction
      or mal formation, viral hepatitis, fatty liver
      disease, metabolic disorders, and others.

      With liver disease, the cause of the problem
      causes damage to the liver cells. When there
      is damage to the liver cells, the immune system
      of the body responds to this and cause
      inflammation to develop in the liver. If the
      cause is known and stopped and the inflammation is treated…this can be reversed
      and the liver cells can heal. However, if this
      isn’t done…it can lead to the death of the
      liver cells and become a progressive disease
      until the whole liver is consumed…this is
      known as cirrhosis of the liver.

      This is quite different than cancer. Cancer
      is the multiplying, out of control, of the cells
      of an organ. These form into tumors.
      If they are just in the liver…the doctors may
      have them removed, try to stop the blood flow
      to them so they will die off, or use radiation
      and chemo to kill them. They have treatments
      now that can direct the radiation and chemo
      directly to the tumor itself…so it protects the
      surrounding tissues. However, if the tumor
      is malignant…that means that some of the
      cells can break off and go to other areas of
      the body and multiply there. This becomes
      more serious of nature if this happens…it
      is best to try to do something about this
      growth before it has a chance to go to another
      area. Some cancers are very slow growing and
      others are very fast. Some people think they
      have cancer and it turns out to be just a cyst
      or benign growth. It is best to be checked.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      Only the doctors can give a patient an
      estimate of how long they have to live and
      many times they are not even sure.
      They have there past medical history, know
      there other medical problems, and can see
      alot more from the testing done to determine
      how far the disease or cancer has advanced.

      I hope this information has been a help to you.


Liver Cancer In Canine Treatment

There are two types of dog liver cancer – a primary liver cell cancer, and a secondary tumor which has spread from another part of the body such as the mammary gland. In this article, we will only discuss primary liver cancer.

Cancer of the liver occurs most frequently in elderly dogs. In fact, over 80% of dogs affected by this type of cancer are over 10 years of age. In almost one-third of dogs that are diagnosed with primary liver cancer, they have no symptoms of the disease. Their cancer is an incidental finding when they are taken to their veterinarian for some other reason.

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Diagnosis

Those dogs that do have symptoms of cancer show signs of liver disease. These include vomiting, increased thirst and yellowing of the skin, gums and conjunctiva. As the tumor grows, their abdomen may appear swollen.

Your veterinarian will suspect some form of liver disease based on these symptoms, and will run some blood tests to make sure they are on the right track. They are looking for high levels of liver enzymes in your dog’s blood. This may not mean your dog has cancer, but definitely indicates that their liver isn’t working properly.

The next step in getting an accurate diagnosis is to have an ultrasound of your dog’s abdomen, so their liver can be examined. Dog liver cancer can show up in two forms. Firstly, there may be many small cancerous nodules distributed throughout the liver. Secondly, there may be one large tumor affecting just one lobe of the liver.

A biopsy of the liver tumor will identify the exact type of cancer, and give you a better idea of your dog’s prognosis. This can be done in two ways. Firstly, a biopsy needle can be guided by ultrasound into the tumor, and a sample removed for examination. The second method is by fine needle aspirate biopsy. This is safer for those dogs with extensive dog liver cancer, because if the liver isn’t working well it can affect the ability of the blood to clot. A fine needle biopsy has less risk of hemorrhage.

Prognosis

If the cancer is confined to one lobe of the liver, the median survival time for dogs suffering from primary liver cancer is around 3 years. The mass can be surgically removed and the patients tend to do well for quite some time.

The outlook for those with the nodular form of liver cancer isn’t good.

If you own a senior dog, and they start to become unwell with vomiting and excessive drinking, it’s important to rule out dog liver cancer.

Has your dog been diagnosed with liver cancer? Perhaps you suspect he might have this dreaded disease…


Liver Cancer Facts

Not only people, dog can also suffer from liver cancer. Toxic compounds and carcinogens which pass through the liver regularly can expose the liver of the dog to cancer. In addition, cancer which attacks another part of the body can also spread to the liver. If your dog suffers from this cancer, surgery will be the right answer for it. It can help you treat your dog’s liver cancer.

There are some common symptoms which can indicate that your dog suffers from liver cancer. The common symptoms include appetite loss, vomiting, and weight loss. If your pet shows those symptoms, you can take him to the vet. He will carry out X-ray or abdominal ultrasound to determine whether or not your pet has cancer.
Furthermore, Vet Surgery Central will conduct some tests prior to deciding no the surgery. Usually, the tests include coagulation profile, blood cell count, , chest radiographs, urinalysis, fine needle biopsy, and abdominal CT scan.

There are two types of liver cancer, metastatic and primary. If your dog suffers from metastatics cancer, he will go through an invasive liver biopsy. At this time, a vet will insert a camera into dog’s abdomen to take a liver sample. It is carried to confirm a cancer diagnosis. If your dog suffers from primary cancer, surgery will be the right answer to treat it and remove tumor cells.

After a surgery, your dog should get pain medication, intravenous fluids, and antibiotics. You should also limit the exercise for your dog. Give him a regular oral pain medications as well as regular meals. Then, you should monitor the respiration pattern of your dogs, gums, tongue, and incision scars.

Natural Dog Health remedies state that surgery for primary cancer is able to lengthen the life expectancy of your pet. He will be able to live for a year or even several years. Surgery will not be able to completely remove malignant tumor. On the other hand, if your dog suffers secondary liver cancer, chemotherapy will be the right solution to treat it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can I have some intresting facts for liver cancer…..?
    My daughter is doing a liver cancer report for health she needs some interesting facts about it. could you guys give me some?? Thank u:)

    • ANSWER:
      Few known facts about liver cancer are-
      * Male sex.
      * Age over 60 years.
      * Ethnicity. Asian Americans with cirrhosis have four times as great a chance of developing liver cancer as Caucasians with cirrhosis, and African Americans have twice the risk of Caucasians. In addition, Asians often develop liver cancer at much younger ages than either African Americans or Caucasians.
      * Exposure to substances in the environment that tend to cause cancer (carcinogens). These include: a substance produced by a mold that grows on rice and peanuts (aflatoxin); thorium dioxide, which was once used as a contrast dye for x rays of the liver; vinyl chloride, used in manufacturing plastics; and cigarette smoking.
      * Use of oral estrogens for birth control.
      * Hereditary hemochromatosis. This is a disorder characterized by abnormally high levels of iron storage in the body. It often develops into cirrhosis.
      * Cirrhosis. Hepatomas appear to be a frequent complication of cirrhosis of the liver. Between 30% and 70% of hepatoma patients also have cirrhosis. It is estimated that a patient with cirrhosis has 40 times the chance of developing a hepatoma than a person with a healthy liver.
      * Exposure to hepatitis viruses: Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV), Hepatitis D (HDV), or Hepatitis G (HGV). It is estimated that 80% of worldwide HCC is associated with chronic HBV infection. In Africa and most of Asia, exposure to hepatitis B is an important factor; in Japan and some Western countries, exposure to hepatitis C is connected with a higher risk of developing liver cancer. In the United States, nearly 25% of patients with liver cancer show evidence of HBV infection. Hepatitis is commonly found among intravenous drug abusers. The increase in HCC incidence in the United States is thought to be due to increasing rates of HBV and HCV infections due to increased sexual promiscuity and illicit drug needle sharing. The association between HDV and HGV and HCC is unclear as of the early 2000s.

      Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/liver-cancer-in-medicine#ixzz1KflENQzj

  2. QUESTION:
    A friend of mine is pregnant and got a call from her OBGYN saying she may have liver cancer?
    My friend is 19 years old and pregnant. Everything in her pregnancy has been pretty much normal, except for that fact that she has been losing weight and throwing up almost an abnormal amount. She went to her OBGYN and had her blood tested. A few days later, she received a call from a nurse at her OBGYN and the nurse told her that they found something in her blood she may have liver cancer? The nurse was very unclear and short with her and told her she would have to make an appointment in order to speak to a doctor. Her appointment is not for four days. Is it normal for a nurse to tell you this over the phone? and to deny you to speak to the doctor? any credible feedback would be appreciated. Thank you.
    from an article from cnn.com: “No completely accurate screening test for liver cancer exists. Doctors sometimes use a blood test that checks for the presence of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) — a type of protein not normally found in adults — to screen people at high risk of the disease.”
    as far as I know the rish factors for liver cancer include: being a male, being over 60, alcoholism and other that my friend does not fall under. So this clearly was not a routine thing. I’m not sure of all the details but all I know is that they should not leave my pregnant friend wondering for days what is going on with her body. Thank you for your answers.
    The nurse specifically told her that she may have liver cancer, you have to come in on Friday to speak to the doctor. If they told her the doctor is concerned about something they saw in your blood, come in tomorrow it would be different.

    • ANSWER:
      wow
      both my parents work in the medical field my mom a nurse my dad a respiratory therapist and both say that this is not ethical or professional behavior on the part of the nurse
      whether or not your friend has cancer, the nurse was NOT supposed to tell her that over the phone. Any time a person gets tested for a life-threatening, potentially fatal illness (such as cancer or AIDS) the nurse is to tell them over the phone not anything about their results but simply that they have them and that they (the patient) needs to make an appointment over the phone to come in and have their results discussed with them by the doctor. I got tested for HIV awhile back and they called me saying to come in for my results. I was scared it meant the results were positive and I came there and they told me I was negative. I told them I was so relieved bc I thought I was positive since they wouldnt tell me the results over the phone and told me to come in. The docotr told me it was medcial procedure and protocal that she does not tell me the results over the phone whether they are positive or negative.
      So no it is not normal or ethical or professional for the nurse to tell your friend that over the phone. However, she can deny her speaking to her doctor bc it is the nurse’s job to relay messages back to the patients when the doctor is too busy, but not in the manner of this particular nurse. If I were your friend I would tell the doctor when I go to the appointment what the nurse said and how she acted towards her over the phone. Your friend has every right to make a formal complaint about this nurse’s behavior and insensitivity, esp. over such a delicate subject such as the possibility of having liver cancer. I am sorry to your friend that she had to experience such a rude, unprofessional, insensitive and cold-hearted nurse who is ignorant about how her behavior can get her fired. Your friend can make a complaint about her to the doctor and also to human resources, she should try to find out her full name. And if I were you, to be a good friend to your friend, I would go with her to the appointment if she wants you to, reassure her that it’s not for sure and even if its that she can still get help and be healthy again, and that you are there for her any time she feels scared or alone.

  3. QUESTION:
    liver cancer what are the chances?
    I have a friend who will under go an operation to remove a 4cm size cancer from his Liver. once the doctor cuts it out is the cancer gone?. or did the cancer come from outher parts of the body? Please tell me the facts !!!!!!! ( He also has Hep “C” (x drug use)

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis C is a chronic, insidious infection. The long-term prognosis of chronic hepatitis C over the first 20 years after infection is usually benign. The likelihood of death during this period is not much different than the general population. After 20 years approximately 20-30 percent of patients develop cirrhosis. It has also been determined that on average the onset of hepatocellular carcinoma occurs approximately 10 years after the diagnosis of cirrhosis has been made (about 29-30 years after initial infection). The liklihood of recovering from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after cirrhosis is not very good.

      PS, I read your Q&A and you asked about drinking and depression. If you were talking about you, then I hope you stop drinking because cirrhosis will indeed kill you in a nasty painful way. If your question is about a friend then please learn that liver disese is not something to take lightly. whether it’s you or your friend use this as education regarding the dangers of alcohol.

  4. QUESTION:
    Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Liver Cysts, Cancer, and Tylenol?
    Just out of pure curiosity:

    It’s obvious Tylenol can cause liver damage, due to the fact it has acetaminophen. However, can long term (but not overdose amounts) use (and I mean 40 years and such) of the medication, especially on a frequent basis for ailments such as severe migraines, pain, etc cause liver CYSTS or CANCER. Quite clearly, it can cause liver DAMAGE, but specifically, what does that damage encompass?

    As well, can cysts be a warning sign of liver trouble, and possible liver cancer in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      If one has to take acetaminophen for long term say 40 years , he should also prepare his mind to handle such a case
      Also ,for migraine ,one need not depend on that for 40 years, you can also try to adopt the alternative methods to reduce the frequency of migraine ,thus you can reduce the dose of medicine

  6. QUESTION:
    I need to know about vitamins for fighting liver cancer as my oncologist will not give me chemo, p?
    I had my left kidney, adrenal gland, and lymph node removed a year and two weeks ago due to kidney cancer, I have had numerous ct scans and the last one show that three little white dots on my liver had developed into three large spots and were probably cancer, I am not a wealthy person, in fact we get by mostly on my husbands s.s. And this oncologist gave me a perscription that cost .701.72 for 120 tablets, well I just cannot afford that, so I need to know what vitamins and minerals will help me. DO YOU HAVE AN ANSWER? I am begging for your help
    Also I need to know if anybody reading this question might know who to go to for finiancial aid in order to get my meds?

    • ANSWER:
      No vitamin or herb will treat or cure liver cancer or any other type cancer. If you have metastatic kidney cancer and have very limited income then you should easily qualify for SSI and medicaid and drug coverage through medicaid.

      http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityresearch/wi/medicaid.htm

      The people who have suggested you try eating shark cartilage obviously do not have cancer and have never tried shrinking tumors with shark cartilage. Shark cartilage can severely affect your risk of excessive bleeding plus does nothing to shrink tumors.

      You have gotten a lot of bad advice from some of the people here here who have no first hand experience with cancer. I do not know your particular situation but I do know that all drug companies have patient assistance programs and the poorer you are the easier it is to qualify – so let us know the name of the drug your oncologist suggested and I’ll post the link for that particular drug’s patient assistance program.

      https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php

      http://www.needymeds.com/

      https://www.rxhope.com/pap_info.asp

      http://www.rxassist.org/

      good luck

  7. QUESTION:
    I had a dream my Dad got liver cancer? :/?
    Ok so this is really weird.

    I had a dream my Dad got liver cancer and died.

    WTF.

    This may be brought on by the fact that I was a) crying as I fell asleep because of this sad thing on TV, and b) I lucid dream a lot and my Dad comes into my room at night to turn off my electronics and I am aware he’s there.

    But, don’t dreams have a lot to do with real life?

    So help me? D:

    • ANSWER:
      yea dreams don’t really determine anything that will happen in reality, but reality determines what you can dream about

  8. QUESTION:
    Can abdominal and liver bloating be caused by a fatty liver?
    My mother’s stomach/abdomen gets very, very bloated, usually after she eats. She says that flatulence usually makes the swelling go down.

    Her liver also used to become enlarged and get swollen as well.

    The last time she went to the doctor, I believe she was diagnosed with a fatty liver.

    I know that a symptom of liver cancer is a swollen abdomen and a swollen liver, and of course, I’m hoping that she doesn’t have that.

    However, her family does have a history of liver disease on it’s side – her mother, my grandmother, died of liver cancer in fact.

    So I’m very, very worried.

    She hasn’t been diagnosed with liver cancer – only with the fatty liver.

    She IS old, she IS obese, and she does have a family history of liver disease.

    As of right now, she’s on medication. The medicine has stopped her liver from swelling up and hurting, but her stomach and abdomen still swell up and become very, very tight.

    Can a fatty liver cause this? Or is it automatically liver cancer from what I described?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease can advance to
      NASH which is Non alcoholic steatohepatitis
      Steato stands for fat, hepat stands for liver,
      and Itis stands for inflammation.

      Inflammation in the liver develops because
      the cells of the liver have become damaged.
      The immune system of the body responds
      to this and causes this inflammation.

      This inflammation, that causes the liver
      to enlarge in size, can lead to death of the
      liver cells and scar tissue formation inside
      the liver…this is known as Cirrhosis of the
      liver.

      People who develop Cirrhosis of the liver
      start to retain fluid in their abdomen because
      the liver can no longer make a protein known
      as Albumin. This fluid is known as Ascites.
      It can cause fast weight gain. There is a
      procedure to drain this fluid, known as
      paracentesis. I would check about this
      with her gastroenterologist or hepatologist
      that she is with. They can do an exam
      and determine if this is fluid build up or not.

      Fatty liver disease can start from a number
      of different reasons and they are still in
      research to discover others now.
      Diabetes, weight gain, alcohol, insulin resistance,
      medications like steriods, high cholesterol/
      triglyceride levels and more.

      I hope this information has been of some
      help to you.

  9. QUESTION:
    About liver cancer….?
    My orchestra teacher was diagnosed with liver cancer. She had lung cancer prior to this, and she left the state to get better medical care.

    I don’t have many details, all she said was that a lot of her liver has been affected and she’s not sure if/when she’ll return. I’m pretty worried about her, this is the first person I’ve truly known with cancer, and it’s really worrying to not know if she’ll come back, so what I’m wondering is…

    How high are the risks of dying with liver cancer, especially if this is her second time having cancer? Just, what are some statistics or something, or based on the little that I’ve told you do you think she’ll be okay? Ever known someone who’s had it? How are they doing?

    Thanks so much, I’m just really kind of sad right now, faced with the fact that someone I know and look up to might die really soon….it’s really shaken me up, any help is appreciated.
    Thank you guys soo much. Bless you both. <3

    • ANSWER:
      i am sorry to say that it is probable that her lung cancer has spread to her liver. i just recently received news that mine had spread and that my condition is terminal. they are doing radiation to my brain and additional chemotherapy. i have not given up hope but realize that i will be treated and eventually come to the end of treatment options. each case is different and it is hard to predict with liver involvement. you can best help her by letting her know you care and pray for her. let her know what she has meant to your life as an inspiration. let her talk about it if she wants to. but just be there for her. don’t cry and mourn her while she is still here. it means alot to me that my family spends time and shares memories with me. we go places and do things that i would have taken for granted before. the end of life is just a part of life and a part to be shared with people who love you. i feel lifted up by their prayers and God’s love. may he also be with you and your teacher.

  10. QUESTION:
    my friend has colon cancer, spread to the liver and surrounding lymph nodes.?
    It has been a year since diagnosis. They stoped the chemo at some point, because the cancer had shrunk. Now recent cat scan shows it has started to grow again, and they have once again started the chemo. Is this common? chemo stoped and starting again, and how often can they do this? I would like some real facts. Or will this time, the chemo be not as affective? Thanks so much for your attention.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately things do not look very promising at all. Once organs like liver are involved it’s too late. I am truly very sorry. Yes, chemo does stop at a certain point. Now with a second try of chemo, some more time may be bought, but do not expect a cure. Spend some good time with your friend; he/she may not have long.

  11. QUESTION:
    When the onocologist does blood anaylsis does it show that cancer may be present in the blood work?
    My mom had breast cancer last year and everything came out fine. Due to the fact that she cancer the dr made her do a pet scan and blood work in Jun 06. Everything also came out fine. Now in Nov 06 she also did blood work and came out fine. Since the week before December my mom started complaining from back pains and she already got the results for that. The cancer has returned. Now, my question is when the oncologist makes you do blood work does it show that there is cancer present or something maybe a larger blood count than usual? I just want to know because it would give me some peace of mind if the cancer started in Dec and not before, meaning we might have catched it on time. She was diagnosed with cancer in bones and liver. I am devasted!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, indications of cancer can be seen in the blood. My son had testicular cancer. After surgery, the blood work showed levels of things went back to normal after the tumor was gone.

  12. QUESTION:
    I need direct answers (no refs) to small cell cancer, chemo for this and prognosis…FACTS?
    Info needed asap. Patient, 73, male, small cell cancer in lung & liver/colan areas. Chemo begins this Tues. We’ve been married for 4 weeks and in order to control my emotions, I need to be prepared so I can provide everything possible on my behalf. Everything I have received thus far has been references to references and I don’t have time for the run-around. If you can’t help, please do not give me more references. I have not yet discussed this with his hemotologist because…guess I’m afraid to know or acknowledge prognosis in front of my husband. I need to make him positive, happy and worry-free, every second.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I can actually just tell you about chemo. Chemo can be a pretty scary thing, not to frighten you or anything. Your husband will likely need a lot of love and support during this difficult time. I’m not sure if this is exactly what you’re looking for but…I know some side effects of chemo. First off, what chemo basically does is attack cancer cells but it attacks the bodies healthy cells too. Your husband will have a severely reduced immune system, meaning it will be very easy for him to get sick and if he does get sick, he might not be able to fight off whatever he caught (even if it’s only a cold). So, do everything in your power to make sure he doesn’t get sick after chemo. Changes are also, after chemo, he will be very tired…he might lose his hair and he may very well be sick after it (nausea, vomiting etc.). You just have to take care of him, make sure he doesn’t over-exert himself. And be positive around him. The best thing you can do is be there for him with support because that helps a lot more than people know. Good luck to you…I hope everything goes well.

  13. QUESTION:
    My father-in-law has liver, lung and pancreatic cancer. Why would he be disoriented and have a bladder infect?
    My father-in-law has been going through Chemo for liver, lung and pancreatic cancer. However, last night he was admitted to the hospital with a 102.5 fever and dry mouth. They said he was dehydrated and probably had a bladder infection. (Anything over 101 fever in a chemo patient, calls for an admission to the hospital.) However, he was also very disoriented and out of sorts. I am not in the state where my father-in-law is, so I don’t know that I am getting all the facts. Could anyone help explain to me why he may be disoriented and not being able to remember things with a simple bladder infection? I can’t find anything doing a search online. Thank you so much for your time!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m pretty sure bladder infection is not only a common side effect of chemo, but also many liver diseases.

      Disorientation after receiving chemo, as well as from high fever, are very common. You know that people get “delirious” from high fevers… now try having your body pumped full of toxic chemicals. Chemo seems like a recipe for many different side effects.

      Sorry about your father-in-law. Hope he feels much better soon.

  14. QUESTION:
    kidney and liver failure with pancreatic cancer?
    My husband is now in the Hospice. He has been suffering from pancreatic cancer that has metastases to his liver kidney sternum throat. He has been in so much pain they have him on 6mg methadone and other meds. He’s not responsive any longer (could be due to the drugs?) yesterday his liver and kidneys have shut down and he’s turning yellow due to jaundice. The doc said that he can’t go home now due to the fact that he is so medicated to keep him comfortable. his tumors are growing so fast across his chest and stomach they are rising under the skin his naval is complety out when it used to be an ining. How much more does he have to suffer? this is so hard watching my husband who was an 190 lb. to now an 110 lb.

    • ANSWER:
      If his liver and kidneys have shut down, it will be very soon, probably within a few days to a week at most since there might be some function left in them. I know how you feel since I went through this with my father who died of stomach cancer. You hate to see them suffer so much and it was a blessing to me when it was over. I remember telling my brother he had passed and the first words out of his mouth was, “thank God.” You feel so helpless. My heart goes out to you. I wanted it to end, but felt guilty because I wished it was over. Don’t feel guilty. It’s what is best for him.

  15. QUESTION:
    What do you know about fluoride?
    Can it really cause bone and liver cancer? Why are these facts being surpressed?
    Fluoride is not good for you!

    • ANSWER:
      30 years ago I heard fluoride was a communist plot to poison the West.
      I know it puts up the price of Tooth Paste!

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if INTERFERON injections, like Shanta biotect’s SHANFERON work 4 Kidney cancer spread 2 Liver
    My mom, 70, has had Kidney Cancer 4 years ago and now after removal of 1 kidney and both Adrenals it has affected 30% of the Liver. Doctors have started INTERFERON injections 3 times a week for 2 months and hope to SHRIK the tumor by then, to be able to THEN consider operating it off, depending upon, of-course the general condition of my mom by then. Although they say at 70, operation will have a 50-50 risk, viz a viz, the post operative recovery.
    Does any one here have an HANDS-ON experience of using Interferon injections for self or relatives etc ?
    I wish to educate my self more and more at this stage about Interferon injections and also with ANY methord by which I can give cure to my ailing mother.
    Will ayurveda also help ? If yes who to contact and where ? Although our doctor has cautioned about the fact that SOME ayurvedics give steroids in disguised form.
    I have started wheat-grass powder mixed with warm water and honey also.
    Kindly advice, one & all.
    (I live in Lko,India

    • ANSWER:
      i have been giving myself interferon injections 3 times a week for a little over three years now. i take 3million international units three times a week. giving the shot is not that bad since most pharmacies can get you a pre-filled dial up pen. the side effects will vary from person to person. my doctor said that i would have flu-like symptoms for about a month and then i should be alright. what he forgot (lol) is that i would also have pain,fatigue,depression,neuropathy, memory problems,exhaustion,mood swings and failing eyesight. he also did not mention that i would be house bound if there was even the slightest remote chance that i could catch something because, i now have no immune system. but, i must say the alternative to not taking the shots is not to promising (death-for me). the outlook is not all bleak though because, the interferon has kept my cancer in check for three years now. i count this as a miracle.

  17. QUESTION:
    15 year old girl with breast cancer, please help…?
    Today I had the most shocking news from one of my closest friends that she has breast cancer. It was shocking because she is only 15 years old. She told me that when they operated on her that they found a much dangerous cancer that didn’t come up on the scan and that cancer grows very fast. She was also told by the doctors that she has 40% chance to live the next year.

    I know that it is possible to get cancer at this age because I already know a girl who has liver cancer and is being treated right now.

    I told my mum asap and she said that it isn’t possible but, is it possible to get breast cancer at such age???
    Are all the other facts possible as well???
    My friend is not the lying or attention seeking type but could she be lying?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with “lo_mcg” and “inverse.”
      There is something strange in this story.
      If this does turn out to be a verified breast cancer in a 15 year old, please let me know by e-mail. I have not seen or heard of a case at this age.
      I am talking about a biopsy proven adenocarcinoma of the breast.
      There is no primary adenocarcinoma of the breast that carries a prognosis of 60% likelihood of death in one year. We do better than that with stage 4 breast cancers that have spread to other parts of the body.
      She might be trying to get attention. I hope I’m right.
      It would be tragic to have breast cancer at this age.
      I keep telling 15 year olds to stop worrying until they are at least 20.

  18. QUESTION:
    Scarring of the liver and cirrhosis?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:
      Lena, an alcoholic is THE most difficult of all patients to help, especially when you want to do so much. ALL that you describe is due to alcohol. At first alcohol causes liver cells to fill with fat and produce an enlarged fatty liver which alone has caused sudden death. In time, as liver cells die, scarring results and can then progress (under the microscope) to produce a smaller scarred liver called alcoholic cirrhosis. The liver then produces inadequate clotting factors which can produce skin and other hemorrhages, as well as leak fluid into the belly (ascites), and change blood circulation to overload and damage an eenlarging heart under strain as well as dilated, thin-walled esophageal veins (varices) which can anytime suddenly rupture as great quantities of blood are coughed up. Hepatitis c also damages the liver and is believed to be a cause of liver cancer. As long as your husband continues to drink alcohol, he will continue to go downhill and die in spite of your efforts. Try the phone book or call Al-Anon, an organization for spouses of alcoholics for much more information on how to deal with your extremely difficult situation. You cannot go it alone and expect and success.

  19. QUESTION:
    how can i cope with losing a grandparent?
    my grandma just died about a month ago she died of hepatoma a rare liver cancer. all i remember is about her being in the hospital and hurting. i just cant get over the fact that shes not in her apartment anymore and that she’s not here living. what can i do to get over everything?

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t feel you have to get over it right away. You will heal in your own time.

  20. QUESTION:
    liver lesion and blood tests?
    my mom had a blood test done a few months back and the results showed something wrong with her liver. my mom has had arthritis since her 20s and has had numerous joint replacement surgeries. she is on steady pain medication and so they thought it was all the medication taking its toll.

    fast forward. she was having an attack that sounded like it might be her gall bladder and so she went in to have an ultrasound. while they did in fact find gall stones they also found a lesion on her liver.

    she is going back in tomorrow for a more thorough cat scan on her liver and i am worried. most of the research i have done shows that benign lesions on the liver are common and usually nothing to worry about, however, these people also had normal blood tests.

    my question is if anyone out there with medical knowledge can let me know if her blood test showed damage to her liver does this increase the chances that it is cancerous?

    i know there is no way for anyone to tell me “your mom is fine” or “your mom has liver cancer”

    but any personal stories or medical advice would be appriciated.

    i am just scared. my mom’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same age my mom is now. she lost her battle at 59. i have also lost both of my dad’s parents to cancer so i do not take it lightly.

    i’m not ready to even think about losing my mom.

    • ANSWER:
      First let me say I am sorry to hear about your mother going through a rough patch right now. Ok so they found a lesion on your mothers liver that does not necessarily mean that it is cancer.

      I myself had an ultrasound done on my abdomen a few years ago due to random shooting pains I would get every now and then. While my bladder was normal they found a lump/lesion on my kidney. Granted I had normal blood work numbers (creatine levels were normal) but it really worried me none the less. I had a CT scan performed on my abdomen and they fount it just to be a cyst (dromedary hump) which is a normal variant.

      I am not saying that absolutely nothing is wrong with your mother, but it could be an illness less threatening than cancer. Do not work yourself up until your mother has already received her results. I wish you and your mother the best of luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    a cancer and heredity question ?
    My grandma has an ovairan cancer & It extends to colon ( mum ‘s grandma ) , my grand’s ma sister ( from mother ‘s side ) died from the same type of cancer & it extended to its colon as well …
    but My grandma’s brother didnt die of cancer . My grandPA ‘s ( from mum side ) died from liver cancer & He had ascites as well my grandma used , but since she removed her ovarian her prb colon now , My grandpa ( father ‘s side ) died from colon cancer …

    so my question is will i have cancer ?
    my grandma had ovarian cancer she removed ovaries and uteres but it is level and now in colon , my grand’s ma sister died from the same type & as well my grandma’s Mum died from cancer :( the 3 are from mother side

    my both grandpa’s both sides ( mum & dad ) died from cancers as I said

    so can i have ovarian cancer ? im 22 years old by the way
    I had some symptoms but maybe related to uti or i really don’t know

    i feel somepain down , from 2 weeks i had pain in my ovarian as a pressure but now gone , i sleep much this days a well , sometimes the pain i have down this days extends to my ass ( Sorry ) , the pain is about 2 out of 10 but i do feel pain , and i feel bloated as well & sometimes pain in my kidney ..

    anyway i used to sleep just after drinking a lot of water and i never go pee when i felt that i need 2 coz i prefered sleeping in fact , i Did so for more than 4 mnths i guess …
    also i eat a lot a lot of salt without drinking water after ..

    what do i have ? i would be thankful
    also regarding ovarian cancer or colon cancer what is my chance ?
    also if i want to be ok now can Ct scan help me about that ? i also heard barium is so painful ? can i take whole milk instead :)?

    very very thankfulll

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer is not a single disease and it is rare for the more than 200 diseases we call cancer to be hereditary. If you did have one of these rare hereditary types one of your parents would have to have the gene and you would have a 50% chance of getting that gene.

      You can’t be diagnosed over the internet, but I can tell you that you do not have symptoms of colon cancer. Just see your doctor and let him or her decide what tests you need.

  22. QUESTION:
    If studies show smoking with cause cancer, and alcoholism will cause liver damage then why?
    Then why do people pray? In several studies, prayer has been shown not to work. In fact those who KNEW they were being prayed for, did WORSE after surgery.
    Please read: http://www.dimaggio.org/Eye-Openers/prayer_does_not_work.htm

    Why do religious people hold onto these beliefs when they are shown over and over to be false?

    Why do religious people continue to believe the bible is the word of god when it has been shown that a majority of the bible is falsified and made up? (Read Misquoting Jesus)

    Over the last two thousand years, Christianity has gone from being real and tangible to obscure, internalized and translucent. What’s next for religion? How can you base your whole life’s belief system on something so obscure?

    Hey, I’m just being curious here.

    • ANSWER:
      Because the one skill that any religious person quickly learns is rationalization. It is the only way (besides burying your head in the sand) that a person could maintain such beliefs.

      Example: I was on an evolution discussion board. To be more specific, it was a Creationist evolution-bashing board. Very heated. One of the people there went to further steps to justify his beliefs than I have ever seen.

      One of the keys to evolution is genetic mutation. Take away that, and evolution doesn’t work. We have an abundance of evidence for genetic mutation, from genetic disorders to cancer.

      This guy was making an argument that CANCER IS CAUSED BY VITAMIN C DEFICIENCY. Genetic mutation couldn’t be the reason, you see, because that might give evidence for evolution.

  23. QUESTION:
    Recently found a lesion in the low left lob of my liver. Need to worry?
    I have not been feeling well for the past 5-7 months. After many question and answer appt’s with my Dr. I started having weekly blood tests to check various things. My erythrocyte sed rate and c-reactive protein were more than double the reference ranges. I also had abnormal liver function tests. After ultrasound I was told I had a lesion and needed a CT scan to determine whether or not it was something to worry about, which in fact I had done today. Although I have high hopes of benign findings I can’t help but factor in my constant sick feeling, flu like, pain when pressure is put on my abdomen and my grandmother passing from liver cancer. Anyone that can give me some helpful statistics would be greatly appreciated.
    No biopsy, as of yet.

    • ANSWER:
      The one thing I can say is : Do not put the carriage before the horse.
      Wait and let your tests get done, its a big worry but you can do it. Are they planning a biopsy ? Once you find out what it really is its hard to have a settled mind, I know , been there. But take things one day at a time. Always wish for for the best. And think to yourself, How strong am I ? Even if there was something, science and the medical field have come so far and the fact that you seem to have caught it in the early stages( because it has not taken over your kidney, only a lesion) then you will get through this with time, and with hope and with loved ones by your side. Be strong for you. I wish you only the best.

  24. QUESTION:
    I have sever cancer, should i do drugs and go out with a bang?
    Well i have cancer.
    In fact i have pretty damned sever cancer in both brain, lungs and liver.
    The chance of surviving is low. Low enough that i don’t even cling to the hope.

    However, i don’t plan on dieing in a respirator with people scooping up me feces for me.
    No, i plan on going out with a bang.
    So i have made connections gotten access to Cannabis, Methamphetamine and Various psychedelics.
    I’ve always lived fairly healthy a bit inactive perhaps but nothing like drug abuse, smoking or anything like that.
    Just goes to show everyone is in risk.

    • ANSWER:
      ‘ Severe cancer’ is not how someone with cancer would describe their condition.

      Where was your primary cancer located? At 14 the chances of a primary cancer in all the organs you mention range from very rare indeed to unheard of.

      What is your current staging? What treatments have been tried, and what treatments are recommended? Or are you receiving purely palliative care now?

      Six days ago you posted that you were suffering from depression. Oddly in the circumstances, you didn’t mention a diagnosis of terminal cancer as contributing to this depression…

      My bullshit detector is beeping loudly.

      Sorry, I accidentally added you as a contact while trying to look at your details. Have removed you.

  25. QUESTION:
    is there any statistics regardinfg quitting smoking or drinking?
    Is there statistics, facts or any information how quitting smoking or drinking reduces the risks of getting emphysema or cancer or cirrhosis.
    I am not either smoking or drinking.
    I work in medical field
    and I don’t see any proof that people who quit smoking or drinking at some stage of their lives don’t end up having lung cancer, emphysema or liver cirrhosis. In other words, tobacco and alcohol kills lungs and liver anyway. And quitting doesn’t change anything. Damage is done.

    • ANSWER:
      Try your local Alcohol Anonymous (AA) groups and Hospitals, explain what you are doing.

      I quit smoking over 15 years ago and I don’t have any of the lung problems that you are suggesting.

  26. QUESTION:
    OH NO! LIVER TUMORS? Help?
    My cousin has a mass of abnormal blood vessels on her liver. The doctor said he THINKS the tumor (tumors?) are benign, but still wants her to get an MRI. She’s freaking out and crying, thinking she has cancer! She has no other symptoms! Would her white blood cell count be high if she in fact did have cancer? Does anyone know about liver tumors? Can it be the liver tumor called “hemangioma,” since it is a mass of abnormal blood vessels or are all tumors on the liver made up of blood vessels? Help!

    • ANSWER:
      A benign liver hemangioma is a rather common accidental finding. Often they cause no symptoms and do not need treatment unless they are very large. It sounds like her Dr is doing all the right things. Try not to freak out. Your cousin may have had this liver anomaly most of her life. Your cousin is not dying of liver cancer. Here is a web page to read up on liver hemangiomas.

      http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic964.htm

  27. QUESTION:
    How do wills and trusts work?
    A little information is in line here: Bob’s mother passed away this last September after a short battle with brain, lung, kidney, and liver cancer. She was married 8 years ago to her third husband, Jim. Her father passed away 10 years ago and her mother, 3 years ago leaving their estate to her, a good portion of it tied into a trust that she could not access until she reached a certain age (we are not sure what age). Bob and Tammy (my sis-in-law) have never seen a will from his mother or his grandparents since her passing. Jim tells us that the will is in a ’trust at the bank.’ Now, I always thought that the will is the legal document that tells you WHAT goes into the trust. He also informed us that he took Judy’s funds, added to his own, invested it and when he passes away it will be divided between his three children and Judy’s two. He has also moved in with a new girlfriend already (that happened only 3 months after Judy died) , and as fast as he moves with the ladies, will probably be married here within the next few months. I don’t really want to sound greedy, because I really am not, but where, I ask, does that leave Bob and Tammy with any inheritance that should have been rightfully theirs through their mother and grandparents? I do know that they are both fit to be tied that Jim is spending their mother’s money on another woman. Do they have any legal recourse here? I am really concerned that what is rightfully theirs is being taken right out form under them. And as much as I love Bob and Tammy, they are both so naïve and ignorant about such matters, that they would never know what is going on. And Jim knows this and also counts on the fact that they are both so afraid to offend that they will not speak up about it. Well, I am not, obviously, and so I invited him over tomorrow, along with Tammy and her husband, Terry, to find out what is up. I am getting the vibe from him, that he is somewhat concerned about it all… Any advice here???

    • ANSWER:
      Good luck with this i found some stuff here. AARP has some retirement information and estate planning stuff that might help you out! http://www.mtpalermo.com/httoc.htm

  28. QUESTION:
    My friends family is really deserving of something. but what?
    The mom in the family has stage 4 liver cancer. and they’re always out to help others. with all of the medical bills, and the fact that the mom cant work and the dad has to leave work to drive her to all her different doctors, they can’t help others and they’re starting to loose everything they have. I know they deserve something. I checked out Extreme makeover home edition but with it taking several months to even get an answer, we aren’t sure she’ll be around for that. is there anything else that could be done for them?

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Help Father has terminal cancer?
    My problem is he has stage 4 cancer he is nearing the end of his life and he doesn’t believe in hospice! The problem is I am the one who administers his medicine and the simple fact of the matter is it terrifies me.. What can I expect to happen? HELP (Colon Cancer, Metastatic Liver)

    • ANSWER:
      At stage 4, you and your dad need all the resources you can get to help him through the last moments.

      I just want to clarify the following resources that you can tap into.

      Long Term Care – Hospice: Where your dad can go into a nursing home type facility, and the nursing staff will provide the end of life care there. Basically, your dad will die at this facility.

      Home Hospice: The patient stays home and opts to pass on in his own residence. Your insurance will provide the medical equipment (oxygen, bed, commodes, medicine, etc), and periodic nursing care visits and possibly ADL (acitivities of daily living) care at your residence.

      No Hospice: This makes it so difficult for everyone involved. When there’s a crisis for the patient, the caregivers have no choice but to resort to calling 911 each time there is a problem like an infection or shortness of breath, or severe pain.

      I hope for your sake, that your dad will consent to the hospice care, and that your insurance will cover it. Otherwise, maybe, at the very least, your insurance will send a home health care nurse to come make sure his medications are effective, and take his vital signs once in a while.

      As a previous case manager and discharge planner, I know that you are entitled to these services through your insurance.

      Wish you much luck

  30. QUESTION:
    Why does God cure cancer far more often than amputations?
    I often hear cancer used as an example during discussions on miracles.

    “I know it was a miracle because my doctor said I had six months to live . . . and that was four years ago!” (This is a logical fallacy known as ‘argument from authority’)

    Why do these people ignore the fact that cancer is something that people overcome often by natural means that are understood by science?

    I never hear, “I know it was a miracle because my doctor said he couldn’t salvage my legs and that I would never walk again . . . but here I am with my own two legs grown back!” Fact is, the only people curing ‘I’ve-got-no-legs-syndrome’ are medical professionals who develop artificial limbs.

    Do amputees lack faith by default? Are they less deserving of a medical miracle than cancer patients (who often contributed to their own cancer with poor habits)?

    Also, why do people thank God for fortuitous medical occurrences and survival of circumstances that most often kill people when God could have prevented them from happening in the first place? I mean, how many Christians pray for God’s protection for themselves and family on a regular basis?

    I recall my adoptive mother, who has needed a liver transplant, a total hip replacement, a steel rod in her spine, dialysis, and a kidney transplant, praising God for her new kidney. It struck me as odd that she never mentioned the fact that God, according to her belief that she was ‘nit together in [her] mother’s womb’ by God, is logically responsible for all of the medical problems, which are genetic, that she has endured with great suffering.

    • ANSWER:
      All “miracles” are ambiguous, except the ones in the bible.

      Quite the coincidence.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is there a safer alternative to give heartworm preventative pills or topical applciations?
    I use “Revolution” which is applied topically. But I hate the fact that it’s a toxic pesticide and they have been shown to cause cancer and/or liver and kidney problems.
    So is there anything else I can do?
    Lol.. BYB. I wish I could!

    • ANSWER:
      move to an area where there are no mosquitos, fleas or ticks?

  32. QUESTION:
    republicans how do you plan on paying for your cancer if your insurance decides?
    it was a pre-existing condition? you might have some savings but you might also have a child who’s waiting to go to college and you don’t want to take their money, so you think i can always sell my house but then you remember you don’t own a house, so you sell your car but that won’t last long because your cancer has already spread because you thought you’d save money by not having yearly screenings. then you’ll just get on medicare and get some treatment and your cancer goes into remission, then one night you have a reaction to some of your medication that you’re still required to take and you think you have a stomach flu when in fact your liver has collapsed and get to the emergency room and since you are now on medicare they put you at the bottom of the list and make you wait because they don’t appreciate people who don’t have insurance (that you lost) and then after 14h of waiting you die.
    oh please they can decide to not cover your cancer treatments if they decide your cancer was a pre-existing condition and you lied when you got your insurance.
    ‘downwith’ not everyone has a trust fund.
    no ‘steve’ i don’t want that, i want them to edit the healthcare bill until it works so insurance companies won’t refuse to pay for treatments when people are already sick.
    sorry but whatever you’re saying is bs, there was a woman on here just the other day who was on medicare while pregnant and she waited for 14h and lost her baby.

    • ANSWER:
      That was a lot of detail, but you are right. people who know nothing of how insurance works don’t realize this is a very real situation. when you are diagnosed with something serious like cancer or another terminal illness, the first thing insurance companies do is try to dump the policy. Most Insurance companies have full time investigators whose only job is to check your medical history to find a loophole, to drop you when this happens.

  33. QUESTION:
    My mother has just been told she has lung cancer…..?
    …. we don’t know full details of what, if anything, can be done about it yet. We have an appointment at the hospital in a few days where we hope to find out more. In the meantime my question is basically “is there a chance she can be cured of this?” She didn’t originally go to the doctors because of lung cancer symptoms. In fact, she decided to try and get some help to stop smoking but she started suffering from panicky/anxiety type attacks so they did an ECG (the results of which were fine) and an x-ray (the results of which showed something but not very clearly which required a CT scan to be done). the CT scan has shown that there is a tumour on her lung and it also seems to say that its also on her liver and lymph nodes. I’m hoping against hope that the fact that she didn’t exactly have a horrendous cough (she did have a bit of a cough) and she wasn’t coughing up blood, she hasn’t lost any weight and she hasn’t lost her appetite are all good things and might mean that its not that far advanced or too late for something to be done to get rid of it. Her GP has told her that they won’t be able to operate on it as it is now, but that they may be able to do chemo/radiotherapy which might reduce the size of it. I don’t know if he has implied that they may then be able to operate or not.

    My dad is beside himself with despair whilst my mother seems much calmer although she is putting a very negative slant on it. I feel that its my job to be the positive one and I’m hoping to find something that | can relay to them to give some hope. So far, all my Internet research has just produced scary statistics that I don’t like the look of at all.

    If anyone with any experience of this has anything positive to say, I’d be very pleased to hear….

    Sorry if my question is a bit “rambly” in places.

    • ANSWER:
      hi im, 15 year old girl and my great grandad has ust got lung cancer – i know how you feel abesx and i wanna help. well – according to how bad it is there is nothing they can do to help im afraid, but if its hasent spread they may be able to. however if the cancer has spread like my grandads but it hasent spread much, they can still offer you several operations and treatment to remove it. my grandad hwever his op didnt work but when searching the internet he found a great websiter that offers private help in canada, a long way i know but it is helping him and he is getting better – hopefully if your mom needs to go there she will get all the best possible help- i hope she gets better hon ! xx thinkingt of you darling xxx

  34. QUESTION:
    Cat liver problems…any vets out there?
    Had to take my cat (8 yrs old) to the vet yesterday.

    The story: I had noticed he wasn’t acting like his usually happy self. He wouldn’t purr, nor eat or drink and he kept trying to hide so I felt it was time to call the vet. Got him in the same day..thankfully.

    When we saw the vet…she said his eyelids were yellow etc. which ment something to do with his liver! They took tests (blood test, ultrasound, and sample of his liver). They thought it was cancer of the liver but vet said usually that doesn’t come with a high fever and she seem puzzled over that and the fact he has alot of “destroyed red blood cells”…he seems to have a few symptoms of one thing but then it throws the vet off when he has symptoms he shouldn’t have so to be honest..I was/am a bit confused when she explained this.
    The results from the liver sample won’t be back from the lab for 10 days!! So in the meantime he is being pumped with antibiotics which they “think” are the right ones but can’t say for sure if it will help until they know what exactly it is.

    So my question is..has ANYONE had anything like this happen to one of their cats and what was the outcome?

    I was told..at the moment my kitty has a 50/50 chance of surviving this and I am totally gutted over this whole thing. I am one of those people who love their animals and consider them part of the “family” so I guess I am just trying to find someone who went thru the same thing.
    Our cats eat a mix of Friskies and dry food from the vet..I wouldn’t say that is cheap food.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    Cancer??? What do you think?
    I have just had a cancerous tumour removed from my gallbladder and I also have one on my liver and I am starting chemo on the 24th of this month! I recently asked a question on here which was about being worried that my boyfriend won’t find me attractive with my hair loss although truthfully I know he really doesn’t care, but one of the answers I received said that I was a vein b I t c h and should be more worried about the treatment, and although I know it shouldn’t, it actually really hurt me! I have dealt with the fact I have cancer and dealt with the fact I need this treatment, that is why the question wasn’t about how I felt about having the disease! Do you agree with what they said?? I really am not a vein person but it is something that concerned me, but can’t help feeling hurt with the answer especially when they got a lot of thumbs up, I’m only 21 and don’t think I deserved it, thanks for reading x

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes when you post questions to a public forum this will happen. There are many bored teens on here who have nothing better to do than troll the cancer forum and harass the people who ask questions. I suggest that should this happen in the future you just report the person that left the offensive comment where it says”report abuse” and let YA staff know what is happening. That is the only way to clear these trolls off of here. Also block them from answering any more of your questions.

      I wish you all the best in your treatments and just remember that your hair will grow back to it’s former beauty after you win this fight. Your man loves you regardless and the whole cancer treatment may help build a stronger bond together. Best Wishes.

  36. QUESTION:
    Anyone heard abt Red Fruit Oil for cancer treatment?
    We are looking for any experience share after taking the red fruit oil. How effective is this oil works and is there any side effects?
    They claim the red fruit oil, which produced in Indonesia, act as an anti-retrovirus medicine. And substance called Beta-Carotene case body produce healthy cell and neutralize carcinogens compound free radicals, which is known as cancer.
    Is this true???

    My father in-law was diagnosed with liver problem last week (October 2008). We have been told by doctor that the bad liver is too severe to be removed surgically. We are now waiting for another doctor to contact us to fix an appointment. We are now uncertain what sort of treatment will be required and all the facts as related to his case.

    We would like to find possible treatments that will be suitable for him as soon as. We really need your help, if you do experience any good medicine and methods, please share with us!!

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have cancer. While at the oncology office i was reading a copy of CURE. www.curetoday.com

      There is an article in there that suggests that many of the antioxidants that help prevent cancer, may be harmful to treatment once cancer has occurred. At least that is how I read it, go there and check it out.

      Plus, the magazine has free subscriptions for people with cancer.

  37. QUESTION:
    I need advice from a doctor or a relative of a cancer sufferer please?
    My stepmother has secondary cancer and has for about 6 years now. She is on a mix of chemotherapy and antibody treatment but it has been confirmed that they cannot eradicate it completely. She has been getting sicker and sicker and is barely eating and spends most of her time in bed. About 3 weeks ago she developed jaundice and despite treatment it continues and her bilirubin levels are still high. She has missed a 3rd week of treatment and now can’t even take fluids so is on a drip. She had some of her liver removed about 2 years ago and the rest of the liver is pretty much tumour ridden. Macmillan nurses have been in and also Macmillan doctors but for the time being she is staying at home. (She is a retired nurse and my dad is a retired doctor)

    Dad says that it’s impossible to say how long she has left and that where there is life there is hope and whilst I subscribe to that philosophy, I feel that he is unwilling to face facts.

    I realise it’s an impossible question but I need to know a timeframe – I feel as though it’s the beginning of the end and the end usually comes pretty quickly. can anyone who has experience give me some guidelines – a year, month? etc…
    I know dad really does understand the situation, i just think he is unwilling to admit it to me – which I understand. I lost my mother very suddenly in July 08 and I know he doesn’t want to upset me. I have always known that at some point they will stop the chemo because it will cause more damage than it will help.I suppose that I think that because I am 40, he should feel less protective but as a mother myself I realise that’s just not going to happen.

    Alena – seriously? You are peddling your crap on this question?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so sorry. I know you want more details, but the only answer is that she’ll go when she is ready. She’ll begin to disassociate and withdraw, she’ll spend more time sleeping, she might not recognize you or talk to people who aren’t there. When the time comes, hold her hand, tell you how much you love her and how grateful you are and that it’s okay to go, you’ll be okay.

  38. QUESTION:
    Ciggie Packs To Have Graphic Pictures On The Pack – Why Not Do The Same For Alcohol?
    Hello.I welcome the idea,allbeit a bit late,to introduce graphic images onto cigarette packs to shock people into stop smoking. If it can be done for cigarettes packets,why can’t similar graphic images be used to show the effects of drinking alcohol?

    For example,there could be a photo of throat, tongue or mouth cancer, or a diseased liver and pancreas, or kidneys all shown as the “before” and “after” effects in photo form of alcohol abuses. There could even be a diseased brain showing damage. In fact, there are so many possibilities and permutations on this.

    My question is thus:- If the effects of alcohol were shown in photo form on EVERY type of alcoholic beverage currently available in the UK,and done in the same way and manner which is going to be used on cigarette packs,would it deter you from drinking alcohol?

    I wonder where YOU stand on this?

    Alan L.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree. Everyone knows what cigarettes can do to you, but I don’t think many people believe that alcohol can also kill you.

      My 23 year old cousin almost died from pancreatitis last year, he only had a 25 % chance of survival, he pulled though but if he starts to drink again he’ll kill himself. He is now one messed up young man.

      My friend’s partner died last month from sorosis of the liver from years of binge drinking, he was 35 years old.

      I don;t think the pictures will work on ciggies and they wouldn’t work if introduced for alcohol either.

  39. QUESTION:
    HOw do i deal with my drug addict father who is claiming he’s dying of cancer?
    Ok so basically my dad has been abusing drugs since like teenage years he’s 46 now. He abused me growing up and i hated him for a very long time. Now that he’s on the streets out of the 4 of us I’m the only one that has actually talked to him and tried to help him by taking him food or whatever. I explained to him he cannot stay with me because of his substance abuse and the fact that i dont’ want my kids around that, and if he’s willing to go clean we can talk about it again..

    Anyway, he has a history of being very manipulative, lies, etc…to get his way only this time he’s making serious allegations that he has lung cancer, and that his liver is no good. He claims that he got his diagnosis today…I (as much as it sounds cold) don’t believe him, i asked him for proof. My grandmother gets on the phone and tells me that I dont’ have a heart then hangs up the phone (whatever). I called my cousins to see if they knew if it was true. One of them told me they are having a family meeting as i’m typing this..but he also wants proof..so he’s going over there and agreed to call me if it is indeed true.

    I just don’t know what to do? Should I go over there, what if its a LIE, and he just wants a pity party, it’s late and i have to get up for school tomorrow…I have mixed feelings I don’t even know if him dying mean anything to me..he tormented me for so many years…, help please.

    • ANSWER:
      find out if he is still smoking and drinking.if he is he hasn’t got lung cancer .i have copd and i’m telling you now if he is smoking he is not sick . at any point i’d want proof before i exposed my children to him.you said he abused you what do you think he would do to your childred if he was left alone with them or to be honest would you really trust him around them.

  40. QUESTION:
    My father who is a crack/cocaine,crystal method, and alcohol addict is claiming he’s dying of cancer (help)?
    Ok so basically my dad has been abusing drugs since like teenage years he’s 46 now. He abused me growing up and i hated him for a very long time. Now that he’s on the streets out of the 4 of us I’m the only one that has actually talked to him and tried to help him by taking him food or whatever. I explained to him he cannot stay with me because of his substance abuse and the fact that i dont’ want my kids around that, and if he’s willing to go clean we can talk about it again..

    Anyway, he has a history of being very manipulative, lies, etc…to get his way only this time he’s making serious allegations that he has lung cancer, and that his liver is no good. He claims that he got his diagnosis today…I (as much as it sounds cold) don’t believe him, i asked him for proof. My grandmother gets on the phone and tells me that I dont’ have a heart then hangs up the phone (whatever). I called my cousins to see if they knew if it was true. One of them told me they are having a family meeting as i’m typing this..but he also wants proof..so he’s going over there and agreed to call me if it is indeed true.

    I just don’t know what to do? Should I go over there, what if its a LIE, and he just wants a pity party, it’s late and i have to get up for school tomorrow…I have mixed feelings I don’t even know if him dying mean anything to me..he tormented me for so many years…, help please.

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Have you ever had to ever have a pet euthanized?
    Would you please tell me a little about it, if it’s not too painful.

    About two years ago, this December, in fact; I had to have a dog named Kurtis put to sleep because he was dying of liver cancer. It was the most painful moment of my life.

    People were always right when they said it’s the worst decision you ever have to make.
    This is Kurtis:

    Kurtis

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t fret that pet. Knowing you, Kurtis had a great, comfortable, loved life. My parents put down the mutt I grew up with because of cancer growing really big in one of her organs. She was really in pain and miserable and it wasn’t right to let her just die on her rug. We mourned her and sat around and cried alot and my Mom never got another dog after that because she was so attached to it. You made the right choice in my opinion. You can’t just let a dog suffer. Every dog has it’s day. I saw Kurtis’s pic and that’s a chill lookin doggy. I also saw this new pic of Trixie. Nice eyes biotch!

      Trixie smiling!

  42. QUESTION:
    My dad has Cancer…?
    My dad has kidney cancer that may have spread to his liver. He doesn’t want to do Chemo because he would rather have one good year to live than 2 awful ones that aren’t really living. I’m 19-years-old. My mom died when I was 14 and my brother died when I was 11. I have two children and am currently going through a divorce. I just feel so overwhelmed with everything that I have no idea how to deal with the fact that my dad is inevitably going to die.

    I guess I just need advice.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Did my fiance’s family lie to him about his Dad’s cancer?
    I started dating my boyfriend a little over a year ago. Shortly after, he told me about some health problems his father had been having. First, I learned about a major surgery that no doctor would touch save for a surgical team at Johns Hopkins. From that moment forward, I suspected his father had cancer based on many factors. First, the fact that in order to kill “benign” tumors, the doctors had injected some sort of poison. This “poison” caused his father, an avid drinker, to develope psorosis of the liver. They fly out to Johns Hopkins every couple of months for his dad to get a check up. He has weekly appointments with the local doctor. I assumed it was from radiation therapy as his dad had not lost a lot of hair. In the past month, his dad began going through Chemotherapy. At that point, I knew he had cancer. Last week, my boyfriend came home really upset. He looked at me and said, “my dad has cancer.” I told him that I knew and I was sorry. Then, he proceeded to explain to me that he had just figured it out by directly asking his mother. She told him they had only known for a few months. Is it just me, or is this about the same thing as lying?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s not clear from your question if your boyfriend was being ‘lied’ to or that no one in the family was asking the right questions of his doctors . . with older adults and older doctors I have seen this scenario play out before . . sometimes you need to ask the doctor directly if this is cancer or not. This same thing happened to my father in law who was never treated by an oncologist at all.

  44. QUESTION:
    Should I go on Pill or use condoms? Any doctors please?
    I am 22, healthy, no family history of anything, I don’t smoke, with a long-term relationship, but I don’t want a baby.

    For my skin I had been on Dianette, a pill, for 6 months and recently I had been given Yasmin to switch to, but decided not to take it after being scared by the leaflet, the side effects and risk of cervical, breast and liver cancers. So I decided to use condoms.

    I went to docs this morning saying I didn’t take Yasmin and she said I was nuts because there is lots of research around the Pill, its very safe, the cancers are rare and it protects against ovarian and womb cancer which are big killers too and that all it does is switch off your fertility, which is better for your health because in the past women were always pregnant then they died. So my doctor was saying the Pill is healthier than condoms?

    I just want to know which is best for my health, I am very careful with contraception and used condoms in past with no worries. Any ideas? Facts? Thankyou
    And if I choose the Pill, is it ok to just go back on a different Pill after a month’s break or will it mess me up?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s up to you and what you feel comfortable with.

      If you don’t feel comfortable with the potential side effects of the pill and don’t mind using condoms, go ahead and continue with that.

      I have a hard time believing that using the pill is more healthy for you than not using it. Your body is perfectly capable of regulating its own hormones. I think there is very little risk of you developing any of the side effects, though, so I don’t think going back on the pill would be detrimental to your health, either.

      I was one of those rare women who was healthy, young, didn’t smoke, and still developed a blood clot in my lung from using the pill. I’m just lucky that way, though, because I have wonky blood. It’s very, very unlikely that anything similar will happen to you.

  45. QUESTION:
    about Last stage of cancer?
    We have recently detected that she is in her last stage of cancer. The doctor has told that treatment is impossible because it is spread till the liver. Now, she has pain in her stomach very often. We have to live with this fact… but can i do something about it.

    • ANSWER:
      im sorry, i just had a recent family die from cancer after living for six months under the last stage.

      In the last stage, hospice nurses, or nursing homes are the best way to go. the Hospice nurses are licensed to give him pain killers to ease the pain, which is really handy, because at that point, its the most important thing.

      Talk to your oncologists about other options avaliable- such as special pain pills, or other medicines to calm him down.

      Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    Does this even seem true/possible?
    This dumb freshman at my school is friends with my boyfriend of 4 years,
    she gives me dirty looks everytime I see her and occasionally i hear her say crap behind my back.
    But anyway i guess yesterday she told my boyfriend shes giving her liver to her sister (because apparently her 10yr old sister has liver cancer) TODAY and has been at school all this week (i just saw her yesterday.)
    is that even possible?
    doesnt the donor have to go through a 2 week clensing and has to be in the hospital?
    ALSO, when he said he’d go see her, she said no because it’s too early in the morning.
    and YES her “surgery is today.”

    I honestly think this stupid girl is trying to get my boyfriends attention or trying to get him to think about her. Im not sure.

    Opinions or facts please.

    • ANSWER:
      That is not possible.If she gave her sister her liver, she would die without her own liver hon.
      Maybe she is giving her part of her liver?
      A kidney yes, a liver, not.

  47. QUESTION:
    so i thought about it more now that…….?
    its been almost a year now this comming March that my mother has been gone…she passed away having ovarian, pancreatic, and liver cancer on kemo and caught pnemonia…her husband was the one taking care of her at the time…i found out b4 Christmas 2010 that he was cheating on her with the woman he is now engaged to…when my mother was at the hospital dying…he went and saw his new girl while she was there everytime he left..i think he killed her…. everyone knows you cannot be sick while u have cancer or even getting kemo…my mother hid it from the doctors while she was getting the kemo so she could get better (not thinking she isnt supposed to do it while shes sick) he knew she was sick…the whole time….from day one…he told me he knew he shoulda brought her to the ER right after the kemo appt. but he didnt…and at the hospital while she was dying he came up with the idea that we should pull the plug so she wasnt suffering… my entire family was involved with the answer but he was the main person because he was her husband he was her healthcare proxy or w.e even tho everyone else (NOT ME) thought it was a good idea too..when it came to me to answer that question i just said DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO and walked out i couldnt answer that question….but what im syaing is he had all control over it anyways..i believed my mother could have pulled thru it she had the life support for only 2 days b4 they took her off it they told us her O2 was decreasing but it was only 2 days! alot can happen after that!! they had the tubes in her to get whatever was in her lungs out and medicating her id dont see why should couldnt have pulled thru…i woulda told them wait a week or 2 and if it doesnt improve then do it but it was only 2 days!!! anyways so i think he did it all on purpose so HE didnt look like an asshole and walk out on my mother the way she was…(talkin bout no hair getting skinnier that stuff) to be with the other woman hes with…and he gave the ring he proposed to my mother with to her as well…i hate him do u think im right or crazy the facts are true so idk

    • ANSWER:
      That’s just horrible. Your father made a commitment to your mother when he said, “I do”. What happened to, “For better or for worse”? “In sickness or in health”? He shouldn’t have pulled the plug. I agree, a few more days would’ve been all it took.

      I know you probably don’t want strangers giving you family advice over the internet, but I think you should tell him how you feel. Write him a letter. Say it right to his face. Let him know that he ended a life that still had a chance, however slim it may be. He deserves to have cuss words, insults–hell, even forks!–thrown at him. I mean this in all seriousness. Maybe getting this off your chest will help you.

      Bottom line: he shouldn’t have done what he did.

      God bless!

  48. QUESTION:
    my grandad may have cancer?
    My grandad may have cancer. he has a very large tumour on his liver, he has to have scans to find if its cancerous or not.
    The thing is….we are not close whats so ever, Ive never spoken to him for longer than 10minutes…I was close to my nan but she passed away in December from cancer and I havent seen him since.
    He is an alcaholic so must be the reson for the tumour on the liver…I just dont feel upset, and thats making me upset the fact that I dont feel anything….is this normal? :’(

    • ANSWER:
      If you aren’t close to someone whether friend or family, it is normal to not feel sad. Its a normal reaction to sympathize for anyone “i’m sorry to hear that…is going through such an ordeal I hope they get better” but is doesn’t mean you are going to get emotional over the situation. So don’t knock yourself over it. For example, my grandfather died we were not close at all; i felt bad for his family but its not like he was around; but when he died I did send my sympathies to the family as a nice gesture. (but i wasn’t crying or torn up.) Your human. Sorry for the loss of your grandmother (nan) I know your heart must be breaking but i’m sure she is looking over you.

  49. QUESTION:
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells?
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells? It actually causes them to eat themselves in a process called “autophage”.

    Studies:

    THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study

    Link:

    http://www.nowpublic.com/thc_marijuana_helps_cure_cancer_says_harvard_study#ixzz19TMQ805v

    Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer
    Active Component In Marijuana Targets Aggressive Brain Cancer Cells, Study Says

    Link:

    http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer/news/20090401/marijuana-chemical-may-fight-brain-cancer

    Did you know the government knew about it in 1974?

    http://www.alternet.org/story/9257/

    Did you know that the cannabinoid receptor is the most prevalent cellular receptor in our brains?

    http://www.medicalcannabis.com/Cannabis-Science/endocannabinoid-system

    This mystery began to unravel in 1964, when tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis was isolated and synthesized by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues in Israel. Subsequently, in 1988, Allyn Howlett and colleagues discovered the cannabinoid receptor in the brain. This receptor called CB1was a precise match for the unique chemicals called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). This initial discovery led to scientists hypothesizing that humans are “wired” for cannabis. The CB1receptors have been found in the brain in areas that control the coordination of movement, emotions, memory, reduction of pain, reward systems, and reproduction, yet are almost absent in the brain stem (which affects our vital functions such as breathing). It appears that cannabinoid receptors, which modulate other neurotransmitter function in a retrograde “on demand” fashion are present in far higher concentrations in the brain than any other receptor. While the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, a second type, CB2, discovered in 1993, are found primarily in the immune system, GI tract, liver, spleen, kidney, bones, heart, and peripheral nervous system. In fact, the CB2 receptor appears to be up-regulated whenever there is tissue pathology.

    What do you think about this?

    Is it true?

    Did the government know?

    What do you think about that?

    Did you know that the government actually has the patent on medical marijuana… for use in fighting diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more?

    And yet they repeatedly say that there is “no medical use” for marijuana.

    Look it up. U.S. Patent #6630507
    Matt,

    What do they teach you kids in school these days? You believe that government propaganda?

    Did you know that there has not been ONE recorded death from marijuana overdose?? Ever??

    Unlike the thousands who die from overdose of prescription drugs every year.
    SyQ,

    That’s the most close-minded, ridiculous answer I’ve ever heard.

    Why don’t you look up “endocannabinoid system” and learn what it does before you say anything else. The system of cannabis receptors in your brain and other vital organs is ESSENTIAL TO LIFE. You cannot overdose on marijuana… no matter how much you ingest. Not the same with Cyanide.

    In fact, cannabis kills the cancer cells… and leave the healthy cells INTACT. Look it up.
    Paul…. a link to prove your one death would be appreciated. The cannabinoid receptors are the most prominent receptors in your brain, but they are completely absent from your brain stem which is why they say you cannot overdose on mj. It is NON-toxic to your system.

    And as far as “medical advice” goes… I didn’t give any. I just point out FACTS. I didn’t tell anyone to smoke or ingest marijuana… or tell them to use it in any way. I just pointed some FACTS and studies to support my facts.

    And I never said that marijuana is “harmless”. YOU put those words in my mouth. But, I will say this, since you brought it up… if you aren’t going to drive or operate heavy machinery, marijuana is harmless. Especially compared to all the prescription pharmaceuticals those “M.D’s” you so revere are passing out like candy.

    • ANSWER:
      Another interesting thing. When the government said THC is known to cause psychotic symptoms, they did not take into fact that CBD also occurs in cannabis, and is known to be an anti-psychotic with therapeutic value to people with schizophrenia. Their studies did not take a combination of both cannabinoids, they just took THC. Also, THC has shown value in treating depression, whereas CBD has shown value in treating anxiety.

      Nevertheless, cannabis can cause psychotic symptoms in some individuals, which is why one must practice moderation and respect with cannabis, as with any other drug.

  50. QUESTION:
    Did you know that new research shows that marijuana actually kills cancer cells… rather than creating them?
    Did you know that marijuana kills cancer cells? It actually causes them to eat themselves in a process called “autophage”.

    Also, instead of killing brain cells, studies show it actually promotes the growth of new brain cells?

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8155-marijuana-might-cause-new-cell-growth-in-the-brain.html

    Example Cancer Studies:

    THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

    Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer
    Active Component In Marijuana Targets Aggressive Brain Cancer Cells, Study Says

    http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer/news/20090401/marijuana-chemical-may-fight-brain-cancer

    Did you know the government knew about it in 1974?

    http://www.alternet.org/story/9257/

    Did you know that the cannabinoid receptor is the most prevalent cellular receptor in our brains?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid_receptor

    This mystery began to unravel in 1964, when tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis was isolated and synthesized by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues in Israel. Subsequently, in 1988, Allyn Howlett and colleagues discovered the cannabinoid receptor in the brain. This receptor called CB1was a precise match for the unique chemicals called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). This initial discovery led to scientists hypothesizing that humans are “wired” for cannabis. The CB1receptors have been found in the brain in areas that control the coordination of movement, emotions, memory, reduction of pain, reward systems, and reproduction, yet are almost absent in the brain stem (which affects our vital functions such as breathing). It appears that cannabinoid receptors, which modulate other neurotransmitter function in a retrograde “on demand” fashion are present in far higher concentrations in the brain than any other receptor. While the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, a second type, CB2, discovered in 1993, are found primarily in the immune system, GI tract, liver, spleen, kidney, bones, heart, and peripheral nervous system. In fact, the CB2 receptor appears to be up-regulated whenever there is tissue pathology.

    What do you think about this?

    Did the government know?

    What do you think about that?

    Did you know that the government actually has the patent on medical marijuana… for use in fighting diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more?

    And yet they repeatedly say that there is “no medical use” for marijuana.

    Look it up. U.S. Patent #6630507

    It’s like a MIRACLE DRUG because the endocannabinoid system in your body controls so much chemically… by stimulating this system, many positive effects can occur in many different organs of the body.

    If you don’t believe me, check out the studies at www.pubmed.gov … just type “cannabinoids” and “cancer” in the search bar and you’ll see the results of the HUNDREDS of studies that show that the THC in marijuana actually kills cancer cells, both in human tissue cultures and in animals. But… they won’t let us do studies on humans because mj has been labeled the “devil’s weed”. HA!

    But there is plenty of anecdotal evidence. (People who didn’t want to wait on the government to legalize medical marijuana to help with their illness. We’ve been waiting over 40 years, after all.) I have been in correspondence with the head of the biology dept at a major university in Colorado, and he’s knows people personally who have used super-concentrated cannabis oil to CURE their cancer.His own girlfriend got rid of her skin cancer completely applying cannabis oil topically. You can also find video diaries on the internet of people who have gotten rid of skin cancer using cannabis oil. Also video diaries of people who have had miraculous healing of 3rd degree burns. One video diary I found had an AIDS patient who was ingesting the oil and cut his T-cell count from over 800 to around 400 in just a few weeks.

    Rick Simpson has cured hundreds of people over the last few years and has plenty of written and videoed testimony. Google “Run from the Cure”.

    If you want to see the enormous number of medical conditions that marijuana is GOOD for, check this out…

    http://forum.grasscity.com/medical-marijuana/436257-granny-storm-crows-list-july-2009-a.html

    This is a video everyone should watch…

    Aaron,

    Marijuana doesn’t cause ANY bad, as you put it.

    Zero deaths every year are attributed solely to marijuana.

    It doesn’t even increase your risk of lung cancer by smoking it… they can’t even find a higher incidence of lung cancer even in chronic mj smokers… the anti-cancer effects of the drug overpower the fact that you are taking in carcinogens by smoking a leaf.

    • ANSWER:
      the government withholding imformation from the american people, I guess this has been happening a long time now. I wonder who’s best interest their concerned about? clearly not that of U.S. citizens. Thank you for spreading good imformation about a goverment that betrays and lies constantly.


Liver Cancer Death

The Creekside Cancer Care Center in Lafayette, Colorado recently acquired a modern and most advanced radio surgery treatment for cancer, the Cyberknife VSI System. This addition will enable the cancer facility center more options to treat cancer. One such state-of-the-art treatment is the Cyberknife Treatment for liver cancer.

Liver cancer or hepatocellular carcinoma is a type of cancer that originates from the liver. The liver is an organ that resembles the size of a football. It is located on the upper right side of the abdomen, just beneath the diaphragm. Though liver cancer is considered as one of the most common forms of cancer all over the world, the disease seems to be alien in the United States. However, the rates of diagnosis are slowly increasing.

Most diagnosis in the US show that the cancer that usually occurs in the liver didn’t originate in the liver, rather it began from another organ like the colon, breast, or lung. Experts has another name for it, metastatic cancer, and the disease is usually named after the organ where the disease originated; e.g. metastatic lung cancer which is used to describe the cancer that started in the lung and has spread to the liver.

Doctors have not really traced what are the causes of liver cancer. However, there are cases that are linked to a certain disease, like chronic infection with hepatitis is known to cause liver cancer.

The early stages of the disease do not show symptoms. If symptoms start to manifest, these may include the following:

  • Weight loss for no apparent reason
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling of being weak
  • Enlargement of the liver
  • Jaundice

The following are some of the factors that increase the risk of developing liver cancer:

  • Gender – Males are likely to have liver cancer than females
  • Age – The disease is common to older adults.
  • Being afflicted with hepatitis B and C
  • If you are diabetic
  • Consuming alcohol at high levels
  • Obese people are more prone to liver cancer

The most common treatment for liver cancer is transplant. However, there are other treatments that are available like chemotherapy, proton beam therapy, and ablation. As mentioned earlier, there is a new and advanced treatment called the Cyberknife Treatment for Liver Cancer that is already available.

This non-invasive, radio surgery treatment is a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer. Cyberknife Treatment for Liver Cancer offers a high-tech treatment that is effective. This special treatment can utilize higher doses of radiation because it is equipped with precise rays targeting system.

One sure-fire benefit of Cyberknife Treatment for Liver Cancer is that it doesn’t result in complications, unlike the more common open surgery. The treatment also ensures that patients will have an unchanged quality of living while under treatment and after the completing the treatment.

Since the treatment is painless, there is no need to use anesthesia, thereby decreasing the risk of getting complications as a result of anesthesia and post-surgery bleeding.

The Colorado Cyberknife Cancer Facility gives cancer patients a better alternative treatment that is sure to bring positive results.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is liver cancer a death sentence?
    A dear friend of ours is battling cancer. She has had it in 3 other locations, and has recovered from that, but now she hassome cancer in her liver, all of this has happened within 1 year.

    • ANSWER:
      if the cancer has penetrated into the liver and is not just ON the liver, then yes it is. I am sorry. The only treatment for cancer IN the liver is a liver transplant and if the cancer has metasticized from other places then the person is not a candidate for transplant.

      I am sorry. I went through this with both of my parents.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is liver metastases from colon cancer an automatic death sentence?
    Father has just been diagnosed with colon cancer and it has metastasized to liver. Extremely worried about him. Anyone know someone or is going through anything similar that can give some hope?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, its better you consult a specialist. I really want to help but I don’t think I can give better answers than specialist do. Sorry.

      good luck

      Love is omnipresence, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

  3. QUESTION:
    liver cancer?
    A friend of mine found out he had liver cancer 2 days ago. (Hes only 15) hes currently in a hosptial in england(he lives in ireland) he got a 5lb tumour removed from his liver. He had not been feeling well for about 5 months before he found out, hes coming back to ireland in a few days hes going back to his house then hes going for some chemo therapy, is this a good sign that hes going home? i dont have a clue about liver cancer, whats the risk of death? If he started feeling ill 5 months before they found out does it sound like they caught it soon enough?

    • ANSWER:
      Like you i don’t know very much about liver cancer however, I’m dealing with an inoperable liver tumor also. They told us about ten yrs ago about it. I’m dealing with it along with some other issues. I know that transplants can be done and that the liver is one organ that can regenerate itself. My oldest sister has a daughter who is in her mid to late 30′s now told when she was about 2 she had some kind of liver troubles. At the time they said she would never make it past her teens or have any kids. She has surpassed them both. We was also told that this illness caused her belly to extend out to which my brother and I had the same thing, we are both in our 50′s now. Who would ever thought we would make it that far.
      The medical field can do some very great things now days for I have gone though three brain surgeries and I’m still here among us. 50 yrs ago I would have one passed. So yes it is great that they found it early and he can go home and is taken treatment. Can they cure it? They say they can at least slow it done or put it into remission. For how long who knows 5 yrs 10 yrs or maybe just long enough for him or his family to get his affairs in order(which all of us need to do)I had to some day we are all going to meet our maker now I have had my things pretty much in place since the last golf war. Sorry to read of your friend deli ma I hope him all the best.

  4. QUESTION:
    LIVER CANCER and death issues?

    • ANSWER:
      where’s the verb?

  5. QUESTION:
    is liver cancer a leading cause of death among old conservatives, like Roy Cohn?

    he didnt have aids. he insisted to his dying day that his disease was liver cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      NO, cancer maybe but not liver cancer

      soon the leading cause of death will be because of insane violent liberals who attack anyone who so much as questions the great obama…just look at how nuts the libs go at Tea Party events, throwing rocks, bottles and eggs, beating people with sticks, bats and fist and calling for murder

  6. QUESTION:
    my father has stomach & liver cancer what can he do to slow his death?
    yeah he has 2 cancers and no way to fix it is there anything he can do to slow his death or inprove his health in anyway what so ever?

    • ANSWER:
      He can maintain his health the same way all other patients of cancer and people in general can. Given his digestive cancers you need to watch what you feed him.
      It is probably better to talk to him and enjoy what time you have left. Later in life you might want to read “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” by Randy Pausch, if you haven’t. He was a professor at Carnegie Mellon in your father’s situation and made the best of what he had been dealt with in life. But for now stick with your dad, try to go on as long as you can in a normal way. Let him teach you everything only a father can while he still can instead of trying to stop the inevitable and losing out on a father.

  7. QUESTION:
    My mother recently died of liver cancer. Why does cancer make you fatigued, but the death is painful?

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry about your mother. It’s so sad. Cancer makes you tired because it’s consuming healthy tissue and cells. You white blood cells are going to the area to try and combat the cancer. That’s the job of white blood cells. Whenever there is an infection or anything in your body, these cells attack it. Of course, they can’t rid the body of cancer but they never stop trying. Your mom’s death was painful because the liver was damaged and it only got worse as time went on. They must have given her heavy duty pain meds so she could at least die in some comfort. If they Dr’s and nurses did their job, she should not have died in pain unless her body tolerated the pain med because she was getting it around the clock. Again, I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you,
      ADD Tammy, I just read your answer. You can get treatment. Go to every hospital you can find because some hospitals have free care. Go to your state for aid. If the state supports people on welfare and gives them free care, you should be eligible. Mind if I ask what kind of cancer you have.? I want to try and help you as much as I can. NO ONE should be denied treatment for cancer. I am so sorry you are going through this.

  8. QUESTION:
    Once cancer starts spreading (from pancreous to liver in this case) is there more possibility of death?
    My friend is 37 and been diagnosed with cancer, they have told him the prognosis is not good because its spread from pancreous to liver. He starts chemo next week, do you think maybe I should start preparing myself for the worst?

    • ANSWER:
      Those are 2 dangerous organs to cancer in. It’s bad enough when it’s in one, but both. Boy, I never, ever give a prognosis and I won’t start now, but I’m just going to say to hope and pray for the best. Miracles happen and I am a firm believer in miracles. Perhaps the chemo will slow it down as well. Is this cancer just starting? If it is, then chemo should do a good job, but because you said it spread to the liver, it sounds like he’s had it for a while and didn’t know. He had to experience some pain before he was diagnosed. I wish I could give you a good solid answer and tell you all will be great, but I can’t. What you should do is be there for him. He’s going to need you a lot when he starts chemo. Chemo alone is tough on anyone. He will be weak from it. He won’t want to do much of anything because chemo really compromises his immune system. He’s going to have to be careful who comes to see him. No sick person should be near him and he will need you to see to all those things. Never be afraid to be yourself around him. Laugh with him, cry with him. Just always be the person he knows and loves. You will both be in my prayers God bless you every single day.
      ADD Mike S, Get off your high horse and stop being so darn negative.

  9. QUESTION:
    With liver cancer, if your ALT rises from 44 to 95, does that mean that the liver is shutting down?
    My friend started with colon cancer, which spread to his liver (stage IV), for 6 months the doctor said the liver numbers were good. Then a month ago he was concerned because it rose to 44, and now it’s 95. He’s being vague about how serious that could be. At what point does the liver shut down, or is damaged to the point that death is around the corner?

    • ANSWER:
      I think those numbers go much much higher when the liver is shutting down. My oncologist assured me that 10 or 20 points higher than the normal range is nothing to worry about … he sees numbers in the thousands with liver cancer cases.

  10. QUESTION:
    what is it called when a peron refueses a treatment for cancer or any other illness that may lead to death?
    i have a friend whos mom just died from liver cancer. she refused treatment becasue she had already gone through colon cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Slow suicide?

  11. QUESTION:
    once liver starts shutting down how long till death?
    My mom has secondary liver cancer. Shes sleeping pretty much all day, doesnt eat but a bite and hardly drinks. Her skin is yellow and shes having a hard time with talking and her balance. How much longer will she have to suffer.

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    My mum has cancer and I want to know how long she has to live, and whether her death will be long and painful?
    She is only 53 years old, and I am her daughter, 21 years old. My mum was diagnosed with stage IV advanced colorectal cancer about 2 years ago. In this time it has spread to her liver, lungs and recently her ovaries. Most of the cancer growth is a large 4cm tumour in her liver, as the initial site of the cancer (colon) was removed. After her body rejected the last bout of chemo the doctor estimated she had about three months left to live. That was two months ago. She is currently in hospital as she was experiencing severe pain from the liver cancer. She has a distended stomach, jaundice (yellow in her skin and eyes), loss of appetite and tiredness. She can still talk and do stuff, but finds it difficult to lift herself out of bed and sometimes becomes a bit mentally confused and will occaisionally say things she doesn’t mean to say. They have managed to control the pain with morphine, but I am really scared that death might be closer than I think (ie. in a few days). I’m also really worried the death will be long and painful…What is a typical death like from secondary liver cancer? I also know she wants to die at home, which is why i’m trying to find out how soon death will be so that I can take her home. I don’t want her to die in hospital.

    • ANSWER:
      Your mom and I are the same age. I lost my best friend due to lung cancer that spread.

      If you do take her home, you will need help from Hospice. My best friend wanted to die at home, and she did. The last two weeks she needed someone to be with her round the clock.

      You will need to take a break sometime. Also, to make sure you have enough pain meds (morphine) so she will not suffer, plus she may need oxygen. It could get really hard the last couple hours or she could go peacefully. No one can say for sure.

      Ask her if there is anything that needs to be done–as far as her affairs. What are her wishes for the funeral?

      The hardest concern–she needs you to let go when the time comes. She may try to hang on just for you. This is where Hospice can help!

      You are in my thoughts–and I am so sorry for you. It is so hard.

  13. QUESTION:
    Mom just found out she has liver cancer?
    Hey my mom just found out she has liver cancer. About a year and a half ago she had breast cancer and they just found this one in a scan. She hasn’t had any further scans yet so we don’t know much about it. What’s the worst case situation (besides death)? What’s the best situation? What kind of treatment should she expect? Any details will help, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I know a girl who had liver cancer and she did very well. Apparantly, the liver can grow from just part of a liver, so if the cancer is local (just in the liver) I would think that the worst case scenario would be to get a liver transplant. The girl I knew received part of her fathers liver. She had to take anti-rejection drugs for it, and keeps taking them still. She also received chemotherapy because they wanted to make sure that there were not any little cancer cells floating around in her body that they missed.

      If it has spread into other areas such as any lymph nodes, etc. that does not mean it’s incurable. I just had cervical cancer which metastisized to my lymph nodes and surrounding tissues in my pelvis. All of my cancer was cleared up with just radiation and I also had chemo becuase it is shown to greatly reduce chance of recurrance, but it was not necessary to get to the point I am at now, it was an extra precaution.

      What kind of scan did your mom have? I had an MRI which didn’t show some other cancerous lymph nodes, and I had a PET scan which showed that I had cancer attempting to spread, in my lymph nodes, deeply invading tissues…

      No matter what, keep your moms spirits up. This is survivable. Chances are, one tiny cancer cell made it and stuck around in her body, then decided to plant itself and grow into cancer in her liver. It was probably the same cancer cells which were causing her breast cancer. Thats the tricky thing about cancer. My doctor says its like a dandelion spreading…”How does the dandelion spread?” is how my doctor talks about cancer spreading. It makes sense. The little seeds travel through the air, going totally unnoticed until one day, up crops this dandelion, almost overnight it seems to happen. Same thing with cancer. So one of those seeds was probably there just waiting for it’s chance to plant itself somewhere else in her body and create a second cancer. I’m really sorry she’s going to need more treatments but you should keep hope above all else…she already beat breast cancer now she will beat liver cancer too.

  14. QUESTION:
    Why does cancer cause such excruciating pain during death?
    Our friend died of cancer this morning aged 38. She died in horrendous pain … screaming & coughing up blood just seconds before her death. Her cancer was in her bones & her liver was failing a few days ago. No medication helped her pain … Why did she die in such bad pain?
    Our friend died of cancer this morning aged 38. She died in horrendous pain … screaming & coughing up blood just seconds before her death. Her cancer was in her bones & her liver was failing a few days ago. No medication helped her pain … Why did she die in such bad pain?
    She took every treatment available to her (in ireland) but nothing took her pain away …

    • ANSWER:
      For a cancer patient to be in that kind of pain is horrendous and inhuman. If she was receiving palliative care, they certainly failed at managing her symptoms and should be reported to the proper authorities.

      I know the NHS in Great Britain and Ireland has been know for their substandard hospice care. I read reports about it on the BBC all the time.

      My mother died of pancreatic cancer. From the day she went into Calvary Hospital in NY, she was on a 500 mcg Fentanyl drip, and thankfully, she went into a coma the last 5 days of her life…. She never felt the worst of it.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the last stage of life like when dying of liver cancer? symptoms? *read detail*?
    my mother has gotten ill all of a sudden from liver cancer (end stage). she was fine just 2 days ago eating and walking and talking and everything.
    but today she has gotten in a sort of coma-like situation and isn’t talking, responding to anything, or even moving. she is breathing very shallow breaths as if she were running a marathon. im very scared to ask this, and im sorry if this brings back unpleasent memories, but please tell me if you have been RIGHT THERE next to a person dying of cancer what is it like? how do they look? symptoms? breathing? pain? sleepy? not sleepY? fustrated? confused? or calm instead?
    plz. tell me about things that signify the end may be near. thanks. I am only 17 and would feel bad asking my father these things.
    if you have expereinces from yourself or a friend or family member of death from cancer or near death plz tell. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have ot been right there with someone dying from cancer but I have ben right there when my grandpa died from kidney failure. It starts out like you explained, shallow breaths, hey start to look yellow or grayish in color because their blood starts to circuate slower frm lack of motivation. They will eventually start to have bubbles, or saliva fill up their bmouth, this i from the lungs filling up with fluid and prtty much drowing in the fluid, sorry that soudns so harsh, Then when their time is finally up they will take a breath, and be gone. Those are what happens whe someone is dying, t leat that is what happens when My grandpa died,and that is what hospice says happens to almost everyone who is dying. Im not sure if you are a believer in god or not. But if you are ust remember she is going to be going to a much better place where she will no longer have to suffer. Hope I helped! And im very sorry you have to go though this. No one should ever lose a loved one to cancer. good luck and you will get through this i promise! It will take time but you will pull through.

  16. QUESTION:
    Could someone please explain to me what the following means about a liver cancer patient?
    I have an 80 year old man whose FNA tests say that he has Adenocarcinoma, Malignant Epithelial cells whose features suggest glandular formation. An abdominal scan had sad said intraabdominal malignancy with hepatic metastases. He was given expensive medication such as Xeloda. His legs are very swollen, why?
    I do not understand what all this means. Could someone please explain to me and tell me how long I should give him till death. The doctor said the site of origin is not known. How long can he live?what does all this medical vocabulary mean?please

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      I’m sorry about this.

      My translation is: There is a cancer (“carcinoma”) which originated in some glandular (“adeno-”) tissue, somewhere within the abdomen. It has spread secondarily (“metastasized”) to the liver, (“hepatic”).

      There may be some obstruction by the bulk of the cancer, to lymph fluid return from the legs; or alternatively, he may haver a disturbance of his blood proteins, which is causing the legs to remain swollen.

      The cancer cannot be removed surgically because (a) there is no diagnosed primary tumour to be removed, and (b) it has spread to the liver and you can’t remove that.

      It’s difficult to know how long he is going to live. He is likely to lose weight and waste away; he may get jaundice from the loss of proper liver function; he may get a bowel obstruction from spread of the cancer within the abdomen; the cancer may spread to somewhere else dangerous, like the brain; he may get so weak that he gets a serious infection like pneumonia.

      From this distance I would hesitate to guess. His doctor should be in a better position than me. If you pressed me, maybe several months, or more if he responds well to the treatment.

      I hope this is of some help.

      Best wishes,

      Belliger (retired uk gp)

  17. QUESTION:
    what are the early signs of death after chemo has been stopped,when there’s cancer in heart,liver,lung,lymph.?

    • ANSWER:
      Signs of approaching death come gradually. The person will sleep more and more, eat less and less. there will be good days with lots of energy, usually followed by several days of serious napping to restore the energy. Let this person eat anything he or she wants, there is less chance of throwing up, and they will enjoy it. focus on the quality of life.

      Very close to the end, they will sleep almost constantly. There will be times when you think they have stopped breathing, and then breathing starts again. This is called apnea, and is perfectly normal. It’s like snoring: only the people around are bothered by it, the person “doing” he apnea can’t even tell.

      Eventually, the heart function gets really slow, and you will find hands and feet will be very cool to the touch. You will probably notice purplish mottled patches around the knees and arms. At this time, the person is probably in a coma and cannot be awakened. They may be able to hear, you never know; so don’t say anything in front of them you don’t want them to hear.

      Finally, gently, the breathing will just stop. Hopefully, with the help of a good hospice, this will all be peaceful and with as little pain as possible.

      Blessings and prayers as this life comes to a close. and remember: the body knows what it’s doing.

  18. QUESTION:
    Lung, Adrenal, Liver cancer
    My mom had gallbladder cancer in her early twenties…she was treated for gallstones and the cancer was discovered and removed at that time. Later on, at age 44, she died…she was diagnosed five days prior to her death with lung cancer, the tumor was 10x8x6 cm. After reading the autopsy it appears that te cancer was also in her adrenal gland, 15x9x7 cm, and her liver 6x4x2 cm…is this hereditary and should I be tested for it? I am 34 years old…
    My doubts are that the cancer started as lung cancer…I believe it started when she had gallbladder cancer…then it went to the adreanal gland, liver and then lung…is that not possible? Are galbladder and adrenal gland cancers hereditary?
    I am unaware of anyone else having cancer in the family that young…my grandfather died of lung cancer (mom’s father). My uncle does thell me stories of them being very poor and having flies in the house, lots of them, and my grandmother kept a bottle of DDT and sprayed them and the whole house with it! I worry because I also lost my father when I was 15, he was 41…he had heart disease and that was hereditary and he lost his father when he was 10 from the same thing. I just keep feeling that the cancer started from the gallbladder. I will request the autopsy report, I only have the preliminary one…this all happened when I was only 19 so it has been 14 years…

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few oncologists who answer questions here and I hope one of them sees your question and answers it, as they know far more than I do. Clearly something very unusual was happening with your mother. It is rare for someone under 40 to have gallbladder cancer and it is also rare for someone 44 to have metastatic lung cancer. The fact she was diagnosed just before her death and the size of her tumors indicates she had a very aggressive form of cancer.

      Less than 10 percent of cancers are hereditary. Are there any other family members with cancer? Did any of them get it at an early age? Were they unusually aggressive? I tend to think the cause of her problem may have been exposure or a genetic defect, not necessarily a hereditary one, or possibly a combination of both.

      Genetic testing is very expensive it costs ,000-,000 to test for the BRAC-1 and BRAC-2 breast cancer gene and we know what we are looking for with those. It is much easier and cost effective to first test the person with the cancer to see if there is a hereditary component and then test family members.

      The other thing you need to consider is if you found her cancer was hereditary and you have the gene, is there anything you can do to prevent it or anything you could do differently than you can do now? In this case I would have to say no. You cannot have your lungs removed. You can have periodic chest x-rays or CTs, stay away from smoking, not inhale hazardous chemicals, etc., but you can do those things without genetic testing.

      I’m sorry, I know you are looking for answers and a solution to ease your mind, but I don’t have those for you. I have included some links that may answer your questions better than I can. Good luck.

      http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-06-18-stomach_x.htm

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071104191541.htm

      http://www.genetics.wayne.edu/lung/

      EDIT: Hereditary cancer is rare regardless of the primary site, however it is more likely to have a hereditary cancer of the gallbladder than it is from the lung. Not that it can’t happen, but I have never seen a gallbladder cancer with mets 20 years later. The autopsy report should state what the primary site was. Usually lung mets appear as multiple nodules at the base of the lungs, not as one large tumor.

      EDIT: I’m so sorry you lost your parents at such a young age. I can only imagine how difficult that must be. You may very well be right about it coming from the gallbladder. When people get a non-childhood cancer at a young age and/or if it is because of exposure it can behave very unpredictably. It could have been from the DDT. There were studies done on workers who handled DDT and they found a higher incidence of cancers of the liver and biliary tract. The biliary tract connects to the gallbladder. I hope you find the answers you are looking for. Best of luck to you.

  19. QUESTION:
    Spiritually speaking: I need advice about Cancer and death.. Does anyone know what to expect from :?
    a patient going through liver cancer treatments? Physically and Mentally.
    Especially ones that believe they will not out live the treatments?
    How do you support someone in that situation if they are a family member?
    What would be the best things to say or not say?
    Is there a site where I could learn about this?

    I know there is a category for this but I like it here because I hope I can also get some spiritual advice also.
    Thank you all so so very much and just so there is no confusion it is my grandmother. Please do feel free to pray for her to have the least discomfort as possible to any God you may believe in. Thank you all again.

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly – while there are some similarities in the process as far as dealing with the disease and treatments with many types of cancer – a lot of it directly relates to the individual with the cancer, how they feel about themselves and their lives, the amount of support they receive from family & friends, their attitude and willingness to fight for their lives. When you put together all the variables, it’s a very individual thing – each cancer patient is different.

      If someone has nobody to lean on or they are depressed and mentally giving up on themselves, they are likely to feel even worse physically as well.

      My Mom went through a 6 year battle with lymphoma cancer. She had a positive attitude and a good support system, so even through the rough times, she did pretty well through most of it. Unfortunately, such an aggresive cancer combined iwth age does eventually win and she passed away earlier this year. But she had accepted it by then and had no regrets. She was 76 when she passed. On the positive side – it was thought she wouldn’t live past mid 2002 – but her will to live and her positive attitude along with the work of her excellent doctors and nurses gave her 6 more years – though she had a couple of relapses and had to go through a couple more rounds of chemo – most of the time throughout those 6 years were pretty good for her.

      One of my best girlfriends was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer a couple years ago, and was told by a jerk doctor with no bedside manner to enjoy her birthday that year as it would likely be her last. While she went through some depression, she didn’t give up. She’s alive and well and cancer free now.

      The treatments and medications to take the edge off the side effects have come a long way. My Mom would feel pretty well the day of and the day after a treatment, but then would have a couple days where she just was tired and kinda felt like she had the flu. She’d rest up for a few days and then she’d be fine till a couple days after the next treatment. Her treatments were spread out every few weeks she would have two days of treatment – so we’re really only talking about a few days a month that she was feeling kinda crappy. (My friend expressed that her experiences were similar.)

      Cancer is a very difficult thing for both the patient and his/her loved ones to go through. And there’s a fine line to teeter on when dealing with a cancer patient who is a loved one – sometimes we tend to try to be over-helpful and too supportive of that patient because we love them so much and we feel so helpless, so we overcompensate because we don’t know what else to do – and that can drive the patient a little nuts too. Try to keep that in mind. (I know this from experience – after awhile, my friend gave me a good what-for because I was overcompensating with her. And my Mom would get frustrated with my Dad because he tried to do too much for her, and she wanted to do things for herself when she could rather than just sitting around doing nothing all the time.)

      As far as spiritual advice – again, that would depend on you and your family’s spiritual views. My Mom and my friend were happy to receive any prayers, positive energies, and simple well wishes from friends and family regardless of their faith. But there are some people who feel that stuff doesn’t help them at all.

      Here are some articles/websites that may help you.

      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MBC/content/MBC_4_1X_For_Spouses_Family_and_Friends.asp

      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MBC/MBC_4x_CopingCancer.asp

      http://www.hopeguide.org/TopicCMD.jac?topicID=10486

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cancer-diagnosis/HQ01306

      Blessings.

  20. QUESTION:
    Secondary liver cancer from the bowel?
    Hello

    I am a 23 year old male, diagnosed with Duke C bowel cancer in may 2008. I had a proctocolectomy to remove the tumor but it spread to the lymph nodes and a recent ultrasound showed mulitple lesions on my liver.
    I am not so concerened whether i live or die but really just how much pain i will experience with or without medicine as i am quite sick to death of hopsitals and am not really happy of the idea of more hospital stays and/or drugs.

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      This is terrible news and you are far too young to have to deal with it. I am so sorry.

      If you have multiple liver lesions surgery is not going to fix it. It sounds as though you understand the prognosis is not good. I know one can only take so much of doctors and hospitals before you are sick of them. You need to talk to your oncologist about your priorities to make sure your goals are the same and discuss your concerns about pain. Not everyone experiences severe pain. Also, be clear about your objections to drugs. What is it that makes you dislike them? Do they make you nauseous? Fuzzy headed? Sleepy? Your doctor can work with you to give you different or a combination of drugs that are better for you, but they need to know what you don’t like about them first. If and when you are ready hospice really is a good idea. When you feel like it look into a few in your area and talk to them about how they would handle your case. Best wishes.

  21. QUESTION:
    planing getting a picture of me and my grand father and the ribbon representing liver cancer and in side?
    of the ribbon my grad father Koren war rank
    his full name and his birth and death date
    what do you guys think of the idea

    • ANSWER:
      sound cool but only if you research every tattoo shop in your area and if none are good enough TRAVEL . there is nothing worse than a badly done portrait . make sure you see other portraits the artist has done before you get it done .

  22. QUESTION:
    stomach cancer death??
    My grandfather was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer 6 months ago. He is currently in the hospital and his cancer has now spread to his liver. He is dieing and the doctor has said that there is nothing that can be done now but make him comfortable. I am wondering if anyone has been through this and can give me some kind of insight as to what i can expect of his death. What will the last few stages of his life be like? how will he deteriorate?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like my dad. My father died of stomach cancer. You know, my dad waited to long to have something done. His Dr said if he had come to him sooner, all of this could have been prevented. Anyway, the day before dad died, he was sitting up and talking. He had surgery 2 days before that and 1/3 of his stomach was removed. So we all thought “Great, dad’s going to be fine.” The very next day we got a call that he was in a coma and on a respirator. So the entire family went to be with him. While we were there, he was disconnected because his brain waves showed he was brain dead. According to the Dr. he didn’t feel anything. He never knew that the end was so near. No one did. It was a shock to all of us. I just want you to know that your grandfather will probably go into a peaceful coma and quietly slip away like my dad did. They will also medicate him to make him comfortable. Make sure he knows how much you love him. While he knows what’s going on, just be yourselves around him but never leave before telling him you love him. OK. Hope all goes well and I pray you find peace in knowing he will not know. I’ve been a nurse long enough and have seen enough people die from various things to know that 99% of them go into a coma before dying. God bless.

  23. QUESTION:
    mom might have liver cancer.
    My mom has a cyst on aher liver and hte doctors are not worried about it being cancer but could it be? could it turn into cancer? has anyone had cysts on their liver? Im 14 and love my mom to death. please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Kisa-
      You can relax. There is just about zero chance your mother’s cyst of the liver is anything but benign – it is not cancer. In the liver, cancer forms solid masses, not cysts. Following is more information on cysts of the liver which should make you feel more at ease:

      LIVER CYSTS
      What are they?
      A cyst is the medical term used to describe a space of roundish or saclike shape in some part. It may be empty or contain watery or mucus types of fluid. It is not uncommon to find one or several small cysts in the liver when a patient has an ultrasound scan or CAT scan of the abdomen for some reason. The vast majority of these cysts are found by chance as they do not produce any symptoms.

      It is important to rule out Hydatid disease. This condition occurs when humans ingest dog tape worm – Echinococcus granulose which can invade the liver causing cysts. This may occur in areas where sheep and cattle raising are done. These can be differentiated from simple cysts, which is important as they may require treatment to avoid rupture. Good standards of hygiene and regular worming of dogs can prevent these infections.

      What causes cysts?
      These “simple cysts” usually arise because a small area of liver cells die or degenerate. The most common cause is advancing years and poor diet and lifestyle. Sometimes these cysts can be full of “fatty material” in those with a fatty liver. These cysts do not represent liver disease because the liver, being such a huge organ, has plenty of other areas containing healthy cells to enable liver function to remain normal.

      Are they common?
      Solitary or multiple liver cysts are common, especially with advancing age – they have no special significance unless they are diagnosed as cancerous. Liver function is generally normal. Occasionally these cyst may cause pain but for the most part they do not cause any particular symptoms.

      Can they be cured?
      If your doctor finds that you have one or several of these degenerative types of liver cysts (simple cysts), do not become alarmed. Obviously you do not want to develop many more of these cysts and thankfully it is easy to stop them from multiplying. In many cases it is possible to gradually shrink the cysts using nutritional medicine.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can cancer be spread by diseased transplanted organs/bones to a person without cancer?
    Can a person without cancer get cancer from a transplanted body part that has malignant cancer? In other words, lets say (person a) dies of malignant cancer that has spread to his liver. His liver is stolen and cause of death was changed to heart attack or something by some criminal. The liver is then transplanted to an otherwise healthy (person b) without cancer who for some reason needs a liver. Can the liver spread cancer to other parts of (person b)’s body?

    • ANSWER:
      Have to go with Panda here. The answer here is probably not, but is a reason why a history of cancer generally removes you from transplant list, except maybe for corneas. The body would likely recognize the other person’s cancer cells appropriately and kill them- those cells would not have the “under the radar” benefit from the immune system that cancer cells which started in your own body would have. Still, I believe no one would want to prove this theory wrong….

      Blessings

  25. QUESTION:
    how common is it for a 14 year old to have liver cancer who hasn’t smoked drank or anything before?
    my best friend has it and im scared to death for her

    • ANSWER:
      There are 240 cases in patients under 20 years old each year.
      Smoking and drinking has nothing to do with it.

  26. QUESTION:
    Blood clot in jugular and has stage 4 lung cancer is death near, diagnosed in Aug. 2008?
    My dad is 64 today.cancer has spread to liver,bones

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, sorry.

  27. QUESTION:
    Cat has liver cancer not eating drinking lots if water and swollen from water retention, looking for time, ?
    Frame of her going to pass she’s 13 and has had cancer for 1 yr wanting to prepare my self for her death:(

    • ANSWER:
      Please take this cat to the veterinarian to see if it’s time to let her go. If she is bloated and edematous, she may be suffering. I’m assuming you and your vet are checking her health frequently.

      I have 8 cats, and I had to have one euthanized less than a month ago due to lymphoma. I monitored her constantly her last month of life, giving her breathing treatments, taking her outside, giving her little treats, and brushing her fur. Your cat depends on you to prevent her from suffering. I will probably have to go through this 8 more times when the rest of my cats reach the end of their lives, but it is worth it.

      “We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.”

      When we get to heaven (or wherever you believe you will go), every pet we ever had comes running joyously to greet us. It wouldn’t be heaven otherwise.

  28. QUESTION:
    Stage 4 Liver Cancer?
    My aunt has stage 4 liver cancer that has spread to her spleen and pancreas. They said she has 6 mos. She’s been very sick for 2 mos now, and was admitted to the hospital last night for pain and trouble breathing. Shes on oxygen. They said she’s a 10 on a 1-10 scale. They said shes had it for prob 4 yrs. Our family is devestated. Her daughter who is my cousin, is my best friend. She’s only 28, my aunts 54. Im in New York, theyre in California. I moved 7 mos ago. I wish I knew then. Does anyone have any advice or know about this. Does 6 mos mean 6 mos or sooner? or longer? Since she’s so sick now, is she going to die soon? How do I be there for my cousin when I’m so far away? I dont have the $ to fly there. Death is so sad. How do you say goodbye? What do YOU say?? Im supposed to call my aunt tonight, she’ll only be able to listen. What do I say without crying my head off? She’s my favorite aunt, this isn’t supposed to be happening. Not yet. Thanks for listening
    Jenna
    Your answers have been so sincere, and helpful. You all have great hearts & I want to thank you for your notes, it’s been like theraputic to know people are there. Thank You ALL!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Tellher how much you love her! And call your cousin allot.

  29. QUESTION:
    Dad dying of liver cancer, need to know what to expect?
    My dad has been sick for a while and about a year ago we found out it was liver cancer. We all thought he was doing well and he was going to Mt Sinai and on chemo and the liver donor list. Well, 4 months ago we found out that he was taken off the list as the latest catscan showed that the cancer has grown out of the liver and my dad wouldn’t survive the surgery. He doesn’t want to die but he has accepted that there’s really nothing else that can be done for him.
    For the last 4 months I have gone to see him a couple of times (I live in New York and he is in New Jersey, plus I have had quite a few colds and sinus infections and he can’t be around anyone that is sick). Every time I see or talk to him I can tell he is getting weaker. I just spoke to him yesterday and he said that a few days ago the hospital pumped his stomach and he didn’t know why but he didn’t think it helped. He also told me that over the last 48 hours he had slept 43 away. Does this mean that it’s almost time? I know that he has been in a lot of pain and I know it’s coming but is there anyone that can tell me what to expect as it gets closer? The hospital has been doing great with painkillers and he goes in to get fluids every couple of days but no one has told him what to expect or how long they think he has (they just say it’s a matter of time).
    Also, is it true that he will just slip into a coma? I don’t want him to have a really painful death. Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated. I love my dad and I want to be able to help with with anything he needs (even if I can’t physically be there).

    • ANSWER:
      Has your Doctor ordered Hospice in ???? They are a wonderful organization that will help you with questions and make sure he is comfortable ….. Ask your dad if he would like to talk to a pastor or clergy ?? usually the hospital will provide …. they will help him of how to deal with his impending death ..
      AND for you !!! you need someone yourself !!!
      we all want to remember dad playing ball with us, this is a step in life that we have to deal with so reach out to a specialist who is trained in this to help u deal with your thoughts and emotions … by all means spend as much time as u can … I did not with my mom as it hurt seeing her like that but 20 years later i regret it …. see him !!!
      one minute at a time …. god bless your dad a u !!!

  30. QUESTION:
    His Liver Cancer. Help me.?
    I found out my grandfather has liver cancer. He had it for a few years and didn’t tell anyone about it until now. He has been taking Chemotherapy and has lost alot of weight. My mother called my dad yesterday and told him my grandfather also her dad is going to die. I called my mom to comfort her and she seems to be in denial of her feelings. We don’t know when he’s going to die but we know he will. I find death to be a celbration, a time of moving on for someone. But my dad said my mom sounded upset when he talked to her. What I want to know is how do I call my mom andd talk to her after he dies? I don’t know what to say, what to do, what to ask, how to start the conversation, end it.

    Also, if you haven’t figured it out, my parents are split, I live with my dad, my mom lives in another state.
    In a month if my grandfather hasn’t died, I iwll be going to visit him. Thanks for the help everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      I look at death as a movement of your soul.
      kind of.

      you’re in a better place, where ever you’re going.
      you should try to convince her of that. If she starts crying, hug her and just listen to her. Sometimes people need just that, someone to listen.

  31. QUESTION:
    my friend might die from secondary liver cancer. she is in bad shape. *read detail plz*?
    im just curious as to exactly HOW this dying happens? do they die in pain like screaming a horrible death or something? or slip away silently and no one even knows?
    just curious cuase my dear friend is at the end stage it looks like from what the DRs said…i just dont want them to suffer pain in the last moments. so will they go in extreme pain in the last moments? or slip away quietly and peacefully?
    and past expereinces from watching or hearing of ppl die from cancer? liver cancer? or any cancer?
    sorry i have to ask this, but im just worried

    • ANSWER:
      There is no need for your friend to die in pain with the right medications . . death is far more painful for those watching the progression than it is for the patient . . because you live on afterward and have an imagination.

      What needs to be clear to you is the following . . there is no such thing as a peaceful death nor is there a peaceful birth . . a baby comes into the world after a mother labors to deliver . . it is hard work. Death is the opposite of birth . . it is not peaceful in the sense that we the living know as peace . . death or the dying process is hard work because the body is now shutting down. What the living interpret as ‘pain’ is the body doing something that is ‘natural’ . . all of our instincts for survival as we watch this process start to cloud over the issue and we think of death as pain and suffering. It’s not. It’s not ‘easy to watch’ because we imagine it as being ‘painful’ . . there is distinct discomfort though .. and so we have medications that will help a patient through the dying process. If your friend is in any ‘real pain’ than hospice or his doctors should be able to control it . . if it is not being controlled than the whole situation is being mishandled. Your friend should be in hospice care as their entire expertise is to ensure the patient is comfortable during the dying process.

  32. QUESTION:
    my mom was very sick (not eating for 2 weeks, sleeping all day) from liver cancer in hospital….READ DETAIL?
    …and now all of a sudden she has “awoken” from her constant sleeping and is in less pain too. she has acutally started eating too now. doctors said she has a few weeks to a few months left to live. they said that about 2 weeks ago when she couldn’t eat, move, and was throwing up and diaharreea herself to death. now shes actually talking too! doing much better and even eating and pooping and etc…her stomach/liver area swelling has actually gotten down too. The only thing she has yet to do is walk. now my questoin is….is this a good thing? or is she just going to go back to her near-death state again in a few more weeks? what im trying to say is….is it possible for her to survive? she is under a whole new different chemo medicine rite now. it is a clinical trial one that hasn’t been put up in hospitals yet. but a private oncologist with 50 years experience htat we know is giving her this new chemo medicine that may or may not work. so what im saying is….is this “getting better” that i see rite now in my mother something i should build my hopes on and be happy about? or are my hopes just going to be shattered later on? my mom is only 48 years old and has a lot of strength.
    do usually people with liver cancer get sick, then get better, then sick, then better in random patterns? or what?
    give any info u have about experiences with people with liver cancer who have either died or survived.
    THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      Her prognosis is only partially based on symptoms and it is based more on the disease. It is very common for dyeing people to suddenly appear much better, but it is short lived. Enjoy them as much as possible. If she is in a clinical trial she has late stage disease and standard treatment is not working. It is possible whatever she is receiving is slowing down her cancer and may even put her into remission for awhile, but it is not very likely to cure her. I’m sorry.

  33. QUESTION:
    my friend has some cancer on his liver. He was a drug user .?
    the doctors say its cancer the size on a quarter. he was tol they can not remove it due to his past drug using….. Is live cancer a death sentence? Will he live a full life?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic treatment for Liver Cancer and Hepatitis C :-
      1.SULFUR 30C
      2.BRYONIA 30C
      3.CARDUUS MARIANUS in Q (Mother Tincture)
      4.CHELIDONIUM MAJUS in Q (Mother Tincture)
      5.LYCOPODIUM 1M(1000)

      Take remedy 1 and 2 thrice a day half hour before meals followed by 20 drops each of 3 and 4 half hour after meals together in a half a cup of hot water and take 5 after a week of taking the above regularly just one dose a week. Avoid Chocolates, Coffee, Mints and Red Meat while taking Homeopathic Medicines and avoid all foodstuffs, which gives you constipation at all costs.
      If there is any ambiguity about the dosage or the potency of the medicine please ask me before doing anything.
      And keep me posted about your progress at least every three days.
      It would be better if you send me the details of the patient exactly the way he or she feels not the doctors Diagnosis let the patient describe their own feeling exactly the way they are feeling the above will clear all in any case but it would be lots better if you send complete details.
      Take Care and God Bless you!

  34. QUESTION:
    How to help others deal with family member’s impending death?
    So my grandmother just recently got diagnosed with liver cancer and the prognosis is grim. My mom is taking it very hard because she and her mother are very close. Also, my mom isn’t very religious.

    In our family, my dad and I are the emotionally strong ones. Is there any way we can comfort her?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There isn’t much you can do on an emotional level.
      Each person handles this in their own way.
      However, having caring and loving people around her
      and knowing that they will be there for her is the best.
      Listen to what she has to say without adding alot of
      opinions. Let her tell you how she feels; about what
      your grandma is going through; about their life
      together. The more she feels she can open up to
      you and others will help her think more clearly and
      put things into perspective easier.

      Try taking her average day work done and doing much
      of it. Like making meals, help cleaning the house,
      running errands, doing other things to help out…is good.

      The Area of the Aging in your area is good to contact.
      They have helped so many elderly people and also
      the disabled. They have people who can help stay
      with your grandmother if your Mom needs to leave
      the house…some have meals on wheels where they
      deliver one meal a day to the elderly and some even
      provide medical supplies they may need and some
      even have transportation to take them to their
      doctor appointments. You would have to ask what
      is available in your own area. If the doctor feels that
      your grandmother may not live more than 6 months
      and she wants to be home…then it would be good
      to look into hospice. The doctor will sign a paper for
      her to have this.

      I will have to say a few things about liver cancer.
      If the cancer is in only one area of the liver, they
      can do a resection and remove just the area that
      the cancer is in. If the cancer is just in the liver
      and the tumors are small, she may be able to be
      evaluated for placement on the liver transplant list.
      However, if the cancer
      is in the liver and has gone to another area or in
      another area and then came to the liver…then the
      prognosis is worse, because then the cancer
      can continue to go to more organs.

      I hope this has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes to you and your loving family.

  35. QUESTION:
    My father recently passed away from Liver Cancer, he ran up k in debt .Who is responsible for this debt?
    He gifted a car to me right before his death. Will creditor’s come after the car????
    He gifted a car to me right before his death. Will creditor’s come after the car???? He was divorced and had no life insurance policy…
    No money in the estate…

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry for you loss. Nobody has to pay his debt. It goes with him to the grave. You don’t pay tax on the car either, it was a gift. Nobody will come after your car.

  36. QUESTION:
    I feel like I have cancer or some other terrible illness, and I’m scared?
    My gut feeling tells me I’m sick.
    Very sick.
    I don’t know why, I just have been feeling since June like I’m going to die.
    I have some pain randomly in parts of my body sometimes, and there is blue lint in my underwear discharge what (I think it’s just fuzz form my jeans, but I am not sure)
    One of my grandmothers died of cancer when I was 5, and that scared my like heck for years that I was going to get cancer. My grandfather died of stage 4 brain cancer in early March of 2009, and my grandmother died of stage 4 liver cancer in late 2009. My aunt died at 42 in May of colon cancer, and my other aunt is 48 and has late stage 2 breast cancer. Two 18 year old girls in my city died of cancer in the past couple of months, and they have been HUGE new stories. I have so much cancer death around me, and I am so scared I am going to die. I’m going to the doctor for a physical in the next couple of weeks, but I am scared that she wont take me seriously because I have a history of anxiety and depression, and that it’s “all in my head.” But what if I really am sick? 14 is too young to die.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    How do you move on after the death of a loved one?
    My grand mother died of liver cancer 6 years ago and I went though a deep depression and still not over it.I really cant be happy. I used to have panic attacks. Here lately Ive been having dreams every night of her and its making the depression worse.Ive even started having crazy thoughts like trying to contact her. How do I make this stop?

    • ANSWER:
      First, I’ll tell that I provide peer support to adults with mental illness and addiction issues. I have been through both of those and had training to enable me to provide support to others who still struggle.
      Now first I would say that this is not something that you should be trying to work out on your own or even through talking it over with close friends. Even if you are doing that and you are still having the trouble that you describe then professional counseling may be the next step. Also there are grief support groups all over the country to help you with dealing with your grief.
      Lastly when we lose a loved one, it can be very emotionally overwhelming for a time which is why we need experienced support to work through it. When a loved one dies it is not something we ever “get over”, or “stopping the crazy thoughts” rather we come to accept that our loved one is gone and we accept that it will take us time to learn to live with it. And counseling and grief support can help you do that.

  38. QUESTION:
    Cancer deaths usually result from metastasis?
    Unless the primary site of the cancer is a vital organ such as liver or lung, are most cancer deaths caused by the metastasis to vital organs? What I mean is, if you have a cancer of the breast/tongue/ovary/prostate… ALONE that has not spread to other organs, then you don’t die from it. (But yes, I know cancer eventually always spread and metastasizes.)

    • ANSWER:
      According to an article, “Metastasis is the transfer of malignant tumors from one organ to a distant organ. It is the most common cause of death in cancer patients.”

      http://content.karger.com/produktedb/produkte.asp?typ=fulltext&file=OCL2005069S01014

  39. QUESTION:
    how thin can blood get before death occurs?
    how thin can blood get before death occurs that is caused by liver cancer?
    My mother has cancer of the liver it is causing blood toi thin it went from 2.6 to 7 in 6 days i dont know what it gets to before she bleeds to death

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Liver Cancer Depression?
    God, where do I turn when all I want is to help someone I love. 32 yrs old and they say my friend is dying. The doctors say the cancer is spreading and the chemo is not really working. I am praying for my friend, family and strangers are praying for my friend. Anyone who reads this, please take a moment and pray for my friend. I can feel my friend shaking, while crying fearing death. fearing illness. I do not want my friend defeated. I can see my friend falling into depression, crying, moping around – snapping at people. Not eating. How do I keep my friends hope alive. I just want my friend to smile, to not be depressed all the time. I love my friend. I don’t know if this is a real question, but please know that all and any responses are appreciated. All prayers are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      KEEP ON PRAYING AND BEING THERE FOR HER LET HER NO SHE IS LOVE. I AM SO SORRY BUT I WILL PRAY FOR HER.GOD BLESS HER.

  41. QUESTION:
    My brother did not tell me my mother was dying of liver cancer?
    I never had a good relationship with my mother, so I had basically little communication with her. However, my brother I saw me on a regular basis. When I would ask “how’s mom doing?” He replied “great!” February 2004 I recieved a phone call from my brother stating my mother was on her death bed and I had to come to the hospital. I did so, she died 2 days later. I went from 0-250 in a couple of days. I have never forgiven my brother for this. When I ask the rest of the family of why I wasn’t told, they told me that they did not know where to find me. My brother lied about visiting me over the years that my mother was sick.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry about your mom, and even sorrier you and she did not have a good relationship. Please maintain a relationship with your brother, sounds like he is the only contact you have with the rest of your family. I also have a very good reason to terminate a super relationship with one of my brothers, but he is my brother.. so I will remain in contact as I don’t want to go to bed mad and have one of us wake up dead….what a guilt trip..no thanks.

  42. QUESTION:
    can i claim for some benefits in my husbands work after his death.he was ill with canser?
    my husband worked in “morissons”for more than 4 years.in august this year he got ill with liver cancer and was at home.all the time he got ssp he died on april3rd.i heard,that i can claim for some benefits from his company.i made a call to them,but they even dont want to talk to me.will you be so kind an explain me what i have todo in my situation.
    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on many factors. You really need to pay a lawyer for an hour of his time to see if you have any options…and you need to do so quickly because there are time limits on such things.

  43. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way to overcome a death of a sibling?
    My brother died in march who had a wife of 5 years and 2 children I have had counciling and am taking anti-depressants and although the pain has got easier to deal with i still find it hard to cope when religious people say that he’s in a better place and that he was needed else were. When in my eyes he was most needed here with his family and he was in the best place he was (with his family) He was only 32 and had a very rare case of liver cancer and he had done absolutely nothing wrong in his life whatsoever he didnt drink much at all and never took drugs his only vice was he smoked until he was 27 wow big deal there is no justice in the world

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately bad things happen to good people and vice versa. That’s just the way of the world. It’s no worse than religious folks telling you what they think you want to hear. That’s all they’re doing because they don’t really know how to cope with your grief.
      Life is for the living and you have to get on with it, it’s not disrespectful to his memory.

  44. QUESTION:
    late stage liver cancer.?
    Friend recently diagnosed. Jaundiced already. In increasing pain. Fifty years old. No history. None of the said causes, non-drinker and non-smoker. Hopefully death is swift but is it!

    • ANSWER:
      Often there are liver cancer patients who have no direct reason for getting cancer as there are lung cancer patients who never smoked. It just happens. If there is jaundice already the cancer has progressed to the point that there is not much that treatment will do & often chemo in those patients doesn’t help & in fact will only hurry up the disease process by causing nausea & vomiting as well as severe weight loss.The best thing now would be to get a hospice referral from his doctor so you can get professional nurses in to visit as well as nurses aides, social workers, spiritual and a hospice doctor in to help him go through this stage of the disease. Hospice will also get medical equipment and medications to deal with his pain for anyone going through this deserves to be kept as comfortable as possible.Usually as the disease progresses he will get weaker & eventually not be able to eat or drink & the nurses will guide you in dealing with these changes.After this phase begins you are looking as probably only a few weeks at most and I agree that death is usually swift but with people to help him & the family (for they are important too & need help with this) it can ease the pain of dealing with cancer. It is never easy to do. God bless.

  45. QUESTION:
    How to deal with death of a cat?
    Hi. So this past week I was at my grandmothers hose and my mom came to pick us up and told us that our cat, Jack, had liver cancer. So they put him down.
    I’m obviously upset, I mean, he was our cat for eight years…
    So how can I deal with this?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t want to be rude but I read this on here before and thought of ever loosing my cat me not being able to get over it is starting to vanish “if you are not mentally strong enough to understand pets get hurt, they get sick, they run away and they most certainly will die before you then you have no business having one. ”
      Jack lived a happy 8 years with you and your family and is probably more than thankful to you and your family for giving him a loving home. Your parents put him down because they did not want him to suffer. He is in a special place now looking down upon you. just know that he will always be there for you in your wonderful memories. When you are ready you can take in another one to help fill up the void in your heart. As time goes on, it will get better. You won’t get over it but you will learn to move on.

  46. QUESTION:
    will hospice care help my mom (age 49) who mite die of liver cancer soon?
    im 17 and have 2 sisters about the same age as me. my mother is only 48, almost 49 in a month, and seems to be very fustrated and confused as she begins to sleep more and more in the hospital. she seems restless, as if she has unfinished business. or she seems worried i dont know. but its very sad and distrubing to see. I catch my self in school (high school) thinking and being dissapionted about her soemtimes. i cant focus when i know my mom is not well and going through a lot of emotional and mental pain. I dont really care about my “un-focused-ness” that much but i jus dont want my mom to die a tormented disturbed and fustrated person (IF SHE WERE TO DIE).
    i’ve heard of hospice, but seriously? can a random person that we dont know make my mom happy? i mean how can you not feel bad that ur going to die. your going to leave everything you’ve everknown about and everyone and a hospice nurse is supposed to cheer you up or soemthing? sounds like bs to me, i mean if i were going to die soon i would want to be with my loved ones…and i would just cry my self to death probably, but….ya…so does hospice help or wut? any experiences with hospice people?

    • ANSWER:
      Check to see if your mother can get in home hospice care for awhile. That way, she will get the care that three teens may not be able to provide. She will be very sad. Her main unfinished business is you and your sisters. If you want to help her, try to show her that you can make good choices. She wants to know that you can take care of yourselves and each other. At this time, tensions are probably high. Try very hard not to argue with each other. Sit and talk to your mom. I know this is hard to do. But if she can give you some advice, tell you about her history, and feel connected to you and your sisters, it will help ease her pain. Let her know she will always be with you. Talk about some of the great times you had with your mother. She may like to remember and know that you remember your times with her. It will be difficult for you to do. However, you will feel much better in the long run. You will be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I did the right thing.”

      When I was told I had only a short time to live, I did not worry about my job, or all the places I had not yet traveled. I worried about my children – who were twelve when I was diagnosed.

  47. QUESTION:
    Am I the only person who thinks breast cancer walks are overrated?
    Why does it seem like once a year, a group of feminists come out of their kitchens and basements. And act as if they are being oppressed and that they are actually making a difference.

    Well I’m being a little pessimistic, but honestly, breast cancer has a 85% survival rate after 5 years. And it comes in 5th in terms of highest death toll amongst cancer (With lung cancer of course coming in 1st with a total of 1.3 million deaths per year (almost 3 times as many as breast cancer)).

    But my real question is, why do all these (I really hate to use this word) feminists walk for breast cancer, just because it usually kills women? Why can’t there be a walk for lung cancer? or stomach cancer? even liver cancer has a higher death toll than breast cancer, so why breast cancer?
    Tamarack: I told you i was being pessimistic. Don’t take what i said out of context.

    lo_mcg: Thanks for the facts and the links, but honestly, tl;dr. If it makes any difference to you, you would have been 2nd in line for first place.

    Denisedd: “It’s because of their hard work that you can use better survival rates for your point of view.” -facepalm- breast cancer treatment hasn’t changed as a result of these breast cancer walks. The only difference now is that it can be treated with better technology, and no, the 5% of the total fundraising from the breast cancer walk didn’t exactly help in getting these technologies. REAL funding did.

    • ANSWER:
      You are correct that it is just one of many cancers and not the most deadly at that.
      When the money goes to the American Cancer Society, I wonder how much is used to actually help patients. The salaries of the executives in the ACS are far higher than I ever made as a cancer specialist doctor taking care of women with breast cancers – often at my own expense for those who had no insurance. The ACS never helped any of my patients with their expenses going through costly treatments in the 1980′s and 1990′s, and we did ask for their help. I don’t believe any of the high paid executives of the ACS ever stayed up all night taking care of people with breast cancer or any other maligant disease. I also doubt they had 13 years of expensive training before they obtained their lucrative executive positions. But, I may be wrong. Perhaps some of these executives were practicing doctors at one time. I would gladly be corrected if someone knows if any ACS executives are doctors with training and experience.

      From Wiki : “In 1995, the Arizona chapter of the American Cancer Society was targeted for its extremely high overhead. Two economists, James Bennett and Thomas DiLorenzo, issued a report analyzing the chapter’s own financial statements and demonstrating that it uses about 95% of its donations for paying salaries and other overhead costs, resulting in a 22 to 1 ratio of overhead to actual money spent on the cause. The report also found that the Arizona chapter’s annual report had grossly misrepresented the amount of money spent on patient services, inflating it by more than a factor of 10. The American Cancer Society responded by alleging that the two economists issuing the report were working for and receiving pay-offs from the tobacco industry, but did not offer any evidence to support these claims.
      Long before the problem with overhead in the Arizona chapter was exposed, the decentralized nature of the ACS was pointed to as a problem in cutting down overhead costs in local branches: central managers have little control over local chapters, which are run by independent boards, and are reluctant to pressure the boards as they receive funding from the local chapters. The ACS did move from New York City to Atlanta to reduce overhead costs of the central part of the organization.”

      I suggest donating money to local hospice organizations rather than the ACS. At least that donated money is then used locally.

  48. QUESTION:
    question about liver failure. I am just woundering if you knew anyone with liver failure who died and before?
    their liver started to shut down did they have a fatty liver at first before things developed further? If so how long did it take from a fatty liver to liver failure? I have a fatty liver but I do not drink and my levels of my liver function test are a big Higher then elevated. so please tell me from a fatty liver if not treated how long will it go into liver failure or cancer then death not long after that? I need as many anwers as I can. my feet are already swollen, and also is it hard to lose weight with fluid inside? I cannot lose weight not that I am obese. please help. how long does it go from a fatty liver to faluire or cancer of the liver if left untreated?

    • ANSWER:
      I do know some people who died from liver failure, but it was not due to fatty liver.

      Has your doctor tried to figure out what caused the fatty liver? There are many causes, some of which you mentioned, like drinking and obesity. If you do not drink and are not overweight there has got to be another cause… do you have diabetes? Any metabolic disorder? From what I understand, if you begin controlling the condition that caused the liver issue, the liver may respond and recover.

      I think you should talk to your doctor about further testing to find out what caused your liver condition. Try not to worry about the cancer issue… while having fatty liver does increase the chance of cancer, so do many other things… such as medications taken for other diseases, etc. Just get regular check ups. The best you can do is take care of yourself and catch it early if it does happen.

      I wonder if you could have the fluid drained off? My uncle has diabetes and began retaining a lot of fluid. He was able to go to the hospital and have it drained off. You might ask your doctor about this as well.

      Here are some links that might help you. I wish you the best of luck. Remember… the answer is finding out what caused your liver condition. Be persistent with your doctor and get all the tests you need.

  49. QUESTION:
    How long does someone in stage 4 colon cancer have to live?
    My dad was just diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. I’ve done some research and read a few answers here on yahoo. Everyone is saying that this is “a death sentence”. I was wondering if anyone knows how long the average life expectancy is of someone with stage four colon cancer…it has spread to the liver and lungs as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont like putting a date on these kinds of situations, but unfortunately this type of Cancer can be particularly savage and can be quite swift, in as far as some as the cases i have seen and been involved with, (i am a community care worker) Some i have been involved with, can hold on for 3 or 4 years if they are quite healthy, if not they can go as quickly as 6 months from diagnosis…….I apologize for being the bearer of bad news, but the best you can do for your dad is to be there for him, allow him that time to greive, the greiving process is goind to take him through some pretty strong emotions, so you are really going to need to be there for him during this stage, even if you are dealing with your own issues in regards to grief….. and to be close to all of his family, hold his hand when he wants to, and just let him know you love him……other than that i can offer some website that will also give you some pointers as to how to deal with this issue.

      They are…….Paliative care explained…involves grief processes and how to deal with death…..

      http://www.disability.vic.gov.au/dsonline/dsarticles.nsf/(Pages)/Palliative_care_explained?OpenDocument

      Grief and bereavement

      http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/179_06_150903/mad10520_fm.html

  50. QUESTION:
    Rat liver health? Rat owners?
    Little explanation first:

    I’ve had four pet rats among our many pets over the years. As all of you other rat owners know, they don’t have exceptionally long lifespans when compared to many other types of rodents. From what I experienced with my own boys and seen with friends’ rats is the most common causes of death are skin problems (cancer), respiratory problems, and the liver (their skin turns dark orange). Three of my four boys died–late in their lives, from the liver cancers/failure.

    What I want to know if there is a specific way to make their livers healthier. (Yes, I know they will die from something eventually.) I fed them a food–can’t remember the brand–that our excellent small pet veterinarian recommended. I also double-checked what foods were bad for them and limited the amount of seeds they ate.

    I’m looking into adopting a new rat that is 8 months old and want to see if I can make any further improvements for him health-wise.

    People who do not own rats need not reply please.
    I used that grey recycled bedding. We’ve used it for all our other rodents as well. All the pets had their natural lifespans pretty much. I’m just astounded 3 out of 4 of my rats had liver probs of some sort.

    Like I said, the food was recommended by the vet. The rats themselves: 2 did come from petstores. The second two were from a rescue.

    • ANSWER:
      I have never heard of rats having that many liver problems. Males skin turns dark orange because of buck grease… I have never heard of a rat having skin cancer either! Most skin problems are mites/lice. Most rats die from tumors and respiratory problems.

      NEVER use pine or cedar bedding (softwoods are bad), as it harms the liver. Make sure not to get rats from pet stores. The only real acceptable rat foods are lab blocks (harlan teklad, oxbow regal rat, mazuri), or suebees mix along with a base of blocks or certain dog foods.

      http://www.ratsrule.com/diet.html

      Other than basic care, thats pretty much all you can do. If you get the new rat make sure he gets a buddy, that keeps them healthy too! ;)


Liver Cancer Bracelets

Chan, 56-year-old, is a non-smoker and does not drink any alcohol. She is a hawker doing business with her husband. Her father had liver cancer while her mother had uterine cancer.Hip Bone Cancer Symptoms Chan had her menopause when she was 52 years old. Three years later she had a 3 cm x 3 cm swelling in her right breast. She did not seek medical attention until six months later.
Smears from fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) of the right breast lump showed clusters of malignant epithelial cells indicating ductal carcinoma. On 14 April 2005, Chan proceeded to have a mastectomy together with the removal of 25 lymph nodes. Vascular and lymphatic invasions were noted. The immunochemistry study indicated receptors for estrogen and progesterone were positive, C-erbB2 was positive and p53 negative. The cancer was staged as T4N2Mx.

Chan recovered well from her surgery. On 26 May 2005, she was started on her chemotherapy with FEC (5-FU, epirubicin and cyclophosphamide). She had a total of six cycles of chemotherapy. In addition, Chan received 25 radiation treatments. In January 2006, Chan was started on Arimidex (anastrozole,1 mg daily) and was asked to come back to the hospital for check up every three months.

A mammogram of her left breast on 23 April 2006 showed no evidence of malignancy. An ultrasound of her abdomen done on the same day showed no evidence of liver metastasis. A bone scan was also done and indicated no sign of bony metastasis. Chan was asked to continue with Arimidex. The medical record on 7 November 2006 indicated: ano lump felt in her breast and patient had no complaints.a

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According to her daughter, in December 2006, Chan started to have pains in her body. When she woke up she had difficulty walking. If she walked for a short distance her heart-beat increased. Sometimes she wheezed. Chan continued to take the Arimidex as directed (and she is still taking it as of this writing).

On 23 April 2007, Chan went to consult a specialist of a private hospital. She presented with shortness of breath and palpitation. She was found to be anemic. Her blood works showed: haemogloboin = 6.5 (normal 11.7 to 15.7), platelet = 28,000 (normal 150,000 to 400,000), ESR = 116. Chan was given platelets. CT scan of her abdomen and pelvis on 26 April 2007 showed her liver was enlarged. There were numerous hypodense nodules in both lobes of her liver. The radiologist concluded that these liver nodules represented liver metastases most likely derived from the breast cancer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    eamega bracelet/necklace for liver cancer cure?
    One of my relative has LIVER cancer, someone told them that bio-energetic product (bracelet/necklace made of gold and FIR magnet) will help. My relative asked me to buy the same for him. I searched on net, didn’t find much reviews of eamega, and its costly i.e. around 6. So i thought may be i will post a question to know if any one has any experience with this kind. Can any necklace or bracelet help in curing cancer? Has anyone heard of eamega global products? Would it be worth spending money and trying this.

    • ANSWER:
      That is what I heard but I do not know how far is the truth till one day,I came across a Chinese couple selling bio-energetic bracelets made of jade and gem-stones in one of the shopping malls in Singapore.At first I was attracted to it because it looks very stylish and fashionable.But when I look at the notes pasted on the wagon,I approached them and asked.I was told that it helps ur blood circulation.Hence,it reduces headache,asthma,diabetes and high blood pressure.It may works on certain people but it may not work on some people due to different metabolism and energy level.What I do realise after putting on it, my headache has reduced.I used to have a very severe migraine before that.And I was surprised it does go off.So I recommended it to my other 2 siblings cos they are having diabetes.One of my sis told me that after putting on that bio-energetic bracelet,she has a terrible pain especially her legs and her nerves.She consults a doctor and the doctor told her to stop wearing that bec her energy level is weak or it may have side effect,like causing liver problem or cancer,as her diabetes is at a very high stage.For cancer,I suggest that u go and consult a doc for more information.Because there isn’t any source saying that bio-energetic product does help to reduce cancer.In fact,for people with high-risk medical history are not advisable.Hope it helps.

  2. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy “Cancer” bracelets or something in support of Cancer?”?
    I don’t mean the zodiac sign either. My mother-in-law died 3 weeks ago of liver cancer, my stepfather died today of lung cancer, and my aunt is currently fighting cancer of the lymph nodes I think and is expected to live thank God. I know that these cancers don’t get as much attention as breast cancer or leukemia, so I would like to find some bracelets or something to buy where the proceeds would go to finding a cure for that type of cancer. I want to support some lesser known cancer as well ( I am signing up for the breast cancer 3 day for October of next year so don’t think I don’t want to support breast cancer too).Hopefully I am making some sense. I appreciate your help.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry for your losses, I to have been struggling this year with people I love that has died,dying and hopefully surviving this horrific disease. My sister-in-law passed away in April with colon cancer at 42, my best fiend has acute leukemia and is only expected to live another month, she;s only 48. My husband had tongue cancer and at this time is recovering from his treatments. So I can relate to your pain and the need to find ways to support Research. There is an organization that I found, that was started by 4 women( 1 had breast cancer and passed) They have many products that all are related to cancer, in turn they take so much of their profit every month and give it to programs related to this subject.

      www.choosehope.com


Liver Cancer

Liver cancer refers to either primary liver cancer, that is cancer originating from the liver cells or supporting cells in the liver, or secondary liver cancer, that is cancer that has spread to the liver from the surrounding organs, usually via the blood that drains those organs and flow through the liver. In this article we shall confine ourselves to primary liver cancer, also referred to as hepatocellular carcinoma.

Liver cancer is one of the more commonly occurring cancers in the world, being the fifth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common cancer in women. The total number of new cases diagnosed is estimated to be about 500,000 every year. Men seem to be twice as likely as women to get liver cancer.

What could cause this problem?

The incidence of liver cancer seems to be higher in certain countries. Studies appear to indicate a positive relationship between the incidence of liver cancer and that of hepatitis B virus carrier states as well as hepatitis C virus infections. The risk of a hepatitis B carrier developing liver cancer is about 60 times higher than that of a non hepatitis B carrier. This risk appears to be even higher than the risk of a smoker developing lung cancer (about 20 to 25 times).

What countries have a higher incidence of hepatitis B carrier states? It is observed that certain countries seem to have a much higher incidence of hepatitis B carriers. One case in point is Taiwan, where it is noted that an abnormally high 20% of pregnant mothers were discovered to be carriers of hepatitis B. This compares significantly to the incidence of 1% in the United States. Similar studies show a higher incidence of hepatitis B carrier rates in South-East Asian countries, between 10% to 15%. This has led to the belief that Oriental persons are genetically less able to overcome the hepatitis B virus. This observation is supported by another observation, that the conversion rate to immunization with hepatitis B vaccine is lower in Chinese as compared with other races.

Studies also show that the incidence of new cases of primary liver cancer has decreased significantly in those countries where there has been a deliberate effort to immunize persons to hepatitis B with hepatitis B vaccine. This is one of the rare situations where there is a demonstrable cause/effect relationship, and where there is definite proof that a particular cancer can be prevented, by both vaccination and by screening of blood and blood products for hepatitis B and C viruses.

Other risk factors or suspected causes of liver cancer need to be mentioned here. They are:

Liver Cirrhosis. A situation of scarring of the liver due to chronic damage as a result commonly of heavy drinking. There is a slight increase of risk of liver cancer developing.

Inherited causes. Persons with hemochromatosis, a genetic problem of excess iron deposits in the body have a higher chance of developing liver cancer.

Aflatoxin. A mold found in bad peanuts and grain is a well known culprit in the causation of liver cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    liver cancer?
    Can a person have cancer in the liver when blood test for liver comes back normal? I have lesions, need biopsy and am considering not having it done.
    Thanks for the advice so far, but honestly cancer in the liver is pretty much fatal. If it’s there, it’s there. I don’t want to go through a biopsy again. Had one in a different spot toward the end of last year. I’m drained.

    • ANSWER:
      Please go have the tests immediately,this is your life you are dealing with.

  2. QUESTION:
    Liver cancer?
    My dad passed away on 16th May this year from secondary liver cancer (which was only diagnosed on 27th March 2006 after he was admitted to hospital after an ‘abnormal liver scan’ on 13th March). For 25 years he had worked at a local plastics factory (which makes castors etc for chairs) and when I looked up causes of liver cancer on the internet, it mentioned Vinyl Chloride was a potential cause, this was used at the factory my dad worked in. Has anyone else heard of this link to this particular cancer before?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, many potential toxic substances have been linked to cancer, and because we didn’t know about them in the past, unfortunately many people were inadvertently exposed to harmful things. Current OSHA laws are designed to protect workers, but these laws didn’t exist many years ago.

      Secondary liver cancer means that the cancer primarily started in another body part, and spread, or metastisized to the liver. The liver is a “filter” for the blood, so advanced cancer often spreads there.

      You may want to give your dad’s doctor a call and ask what she/he thinks. What was the primary cancer? Is there a known link between that type of cancer and PVC exposure? Did your dad actually work in an environment with significant exposure for a significant length of time without protection?

      There are occupational medicine clinics that specifically work with such issues and risks.

      good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    Liver Cancer??
    A friend of mine who has had hep c for years now was very ill and went into the hospital and they said she had liver cancer. But it was inoperable and very progressed. They said she had 3-6 months to live. Last week I talked to her on the phone and she sounded fine she was complaining of feeling ill but thats its. NOw this weeks she is acting all loopy and like she doesn’t know whats going on. She is using depends now. That was a very rapid change in just one week. Her husband says that she is only taking vikoden and that woudn’t make her all that loopy. Has anyone ever dealt with anything like this. I mean with the rapid change and the bowel issues. I am in total shock how this came about. One week she was fine and the next its like she doesn’t know me. Does anyone know anything about liver cancer. Does this sort of cancer consume your mind…is that whys shes acting crazy.

    • ANSWER:
      Kristen is right on target. Most folks with liver cancer will usually go into a coma prior to dying as the levels of toxicity rise due to failure of the organ affected. Her kidneys are working overtime and this will also be one of the reasons as the kidneys do eventually shut down as well.

      Sorry to hear the news….I am a hepper to even though my HCV is cured. I do have a chance tho of still developing liver cancer.

      My sympathies. Just be there for her regardless of her health, coma ect….the last thing to go is the hearing.

      HUGS.

  4. QUESTION:
    What’s the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?
    Is there a difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver? If so what is it? Someone on here said I am at risk for liver cancer cause of how much I drink but that confused me cause can liver cancer be caused by drinking a lot? I know cirrhosis can be but what about liver cancer? And which hurts more cirrhosis or liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver cancer or hepatic cancer is properly considered to be a cancer which starts in the liver.
      The most frequent liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) (also named hepatoma, which is a misnomer because adenomas are usually benign). This tumor also has a variant type that consists of both HCC and cholangiocarcinoma components. The cells of the bile duct coexist next to the bile ducts that drain the bile produced by the hepatocytes of the liver. Cancers which arise from the blood vessel cells in the liver are known has hemangioendotheliomas.

      Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis, scar tissue and regenerative nodules (lumps that occur as a result of a process in which damaged tissue is regenerated), leading to loss of liver function.
      Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcoholism, hepatitis B and C, and fatty liver disease, but has many other possible causes. Some cases are idiopathic, i.e., of unknown cause.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon so hard to treat?
    My friend’s Dad has received bad news about liver cancer and she’s having a hard time processing the information.

    I’ve looked on google but I cannot find something that simply explains why liver cancer (secondary) is so hard to treat.

    Her Dad has two small spots on his liver and feels good but there are no treatments for him left. His CEA is very high (100+). She’s struggling with understanding why two small spots cannot be treated. Anyone have an articles online that explains it?

    • ANSWER:
      He does not have “liver cancer” but metatstatic (Stage IV) colon cancer. The spots in the liver are colon cancer cells, not liver cancer cells. Yes it seems trivial, why not just operate and take them out, but many years of experience has shown us that this treatment is futile. The patient is put at risk during the operation and his life will not be lengthened at all by removing the two spots. The two spots you see on the imaging are only the tip of an iceberg; there are many more cancer cells growing and spreading, and we can not operate to remove them all.
      Your friend’s father will almost certainly die of colon cancer, but no one knows when. There are some very effective treatments for Stage IV colon cancer that can let him live a productive and happy life for a few years. My advice is to get the very best care he can and to live every moment he has left as well as he can. You can play a part in this too, help your friend through this, tell her to cherish every moment she still has with him. Take trips, throw parties, bake cakes, celebrate his life, and live! Good luck to you all.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can Liver Cancer be detected through blood work?
    I want to know because my Mom has recently been diagnosed with Fatty Liver probably due to Alcohol and I hope to God that it’s not Cancer.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t understand why you would feel totally at ease knowing her liver damage is not cancer. Is it better your Mom dies prematurely from a cancerous disease or a non-cancerous disease? Both can spell early death for someone who really didn’t need to die. It sounds like you KNOW you Mom is an alcoholic. Even if she doesn’t want to admit it to herself, her liver is telling her the truth that can’t be hidden. It is being damaged by the addiction she is engulfed in. She is in near equal chronic danger from the alcohol as having cancer if she does not figure a way to live without drinking.

      The good news is that the liver will repair itself if the continual damage caused by drinking stops if all she has a fatty liver. When full blown cirrhosis develops, sorry too late to do anything. The bad news is usually without help and a great desire to change, stopping seldom happens. Cirrhosis kills 9.2 people per 100,000 normal population.( http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/liverdis.htm ) Liver cancer kills 3.0 people per 100,000 normal population ( http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5917a3.htm ). The cirrhosis number is all reasons causing cirrhosis be it alcohol or viral infection but the numbers point to the fact that it can be equally deadly regardless of the cause since the same harm is happening.

      If you have any influence over her drinking, show her it’s time to do something different in life if she wants to be around to see her grandchildren grow up. Remember though, the only real power you have in life is to control your own behavior. You can invite her to look at things through your eyes rather than force a change.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of surviving untreated liver cancer?
    My uncle has just been diagnosed with cancer in his liver. The doctors said that it’s too late to operate, and he doesn’t want chemotherapy because it would only let him live an extra couple of months. The doctors said he probably has a year to live. Will my uncle die for sure, or is there a slight chance that he will survive?

    • ANSWER:
      You know it is a tough question… Nobody can be 100% sure when you will die or not die. We have cases where doctors say ‘you can’t live more than 6 months”, but the patients end up living much longer. The doctor, however, knows better according to your uncle’s condition and precedented cases, what your uncle’s chances will be.
      It may be … say, 85% accurate? but there are miracles. About cancer, so far we don’t have any effective medicines to treat the disease, what we can do is to try to live normally, and don’t think about the illness.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is a realistic prognosis for stage 3 primary liver cancer?
    My brother, age 50, has advanced hepatitis C and liver cirrhosis. He has now been diagnosed with stage 3 primary liver cancer. Surgery is not an option. His abdominal cavity continues to fill with fluid which is removed about twice a week. What is a realistic life expectancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry but it doesn’t really matter if the cancer metastasizes to a distant site nor will diet or exercise make a difference. When he feels like eating he should eat whatever he wants. Although treatment may prolong life in an individual patient it does not increase the median survival. What really matters is if there is vein involvement, he will last longer if there is not. A realistic range is about 3-7 months. At this point what is important is keeping him comfortable. You may want to talk to his doctor about hospice. Their main focus is supportive care to give him the best quality of life, pain management and to assist him and the family through this process. Best wishes to you both.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the survival rate of secondary liver cancer?
    My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer about 5 years ago and has just been diagnosed with secondary liver cancer. The doctors have started her on a course of Chemotherapy. But honestly i really need to know the truth, how likely is it that this cancer will kill her?
    I really hope for honest answers, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Good answer by “Stacey-Marie J”
      This would be stage IV metastatic breast carcinoma to the liver.
      You must realize that these cancer cells have been in the liver for at least five years already.
      Those breast cancer cells spread to the liver before the primary breast carcinoma was initially treated.
      We do not know what the stage was at presentation.
      We don’t know what adjuvant chemotherapy she may have received 5 years ago.
      We do not know the estrogen and progesterone receptors.
      We do not know the HER2/neu status>
      We don’t even know your mother’s age ! !
      Her doctors, who have all of this crucial personal information – are supposed to be explaining the prognosis for your mom and the family members who go with her for her medical oncology appointments.
      It is part of their job.
      Your job is to be with your mother when she has doctor visits – if at all possible.
      - – - -
      Here’s the general or average five year survival for stage IV breast adenocarcinomas – 20%

      http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/staging.asp

      But these statistics are very rough and include people with less life threatening metastases – such as bone metastases.
      - – - -
      The honest answer is that stage IV breast carcinoma with liver metastases is not considered to be a curable disease in 2009 medicine
      - though some people do much better than we would expect according to the statistics. People are not statistics. Every person is different. Each is special.

  10. QUESTION:
    Metastatic liver cancer- am looking for medical center that does the most research in that area?
    I contracted colon cancer about three years ago and had it removed by resection. This was followed by chemo using oxiplatin anf FU-5. I faired really well except for neural damage in feet. Now a spot has appeared in the upper portion of my liver which is metastatic from the colon. A local liver surgeon is planning a resection and this will undoubted be followed by more chemo. I understand the real risk is from other seedlings of the cancer which may now start to appear either in the liver or other organs and that my defenses will be really low to fight them. I am looking to find the research center who most commonly deals with metastatic colon cancer to learn as much as possible about new techniques, drugs, or whatever. I might go there for the surgery or at a minimum get a second opinion on procedure etc.

    • ANSWER:
      stanford medical center- plus u should get hold of sales reps from genentech and see if they have new study going on that is specific for liver cancer.

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the life expectancy of liver cancer in the 4th stage?
    my dad was diagnosed with Liver Cancer back on 14 Feb. he has had 2 chemoembolizations and now the cancer has spread… what is the life expectancy of Liver Cancer in the 4th stage?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone is different and depends on age and current health – my dad was 76 when he had bowel cancer which had just spread to his liver & kidney – he died 6 weeks later? I hope your dad is a lot better than mine was but to be honest once it has gone to the liver it will be a short time because if the liver is faulty it affects other organs of the body. To be certain talk to his doctor, we were told at the time 6 month to 1 year?

  12. QUESTION:
    How can drinking alcohol cause liver cancer?
    I know it causes liver cancer, but how is the process of it? Why does it cause liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many possible explanations for how alcohol causes cancer. It is likely that it causes different types of cancer in different ways.

      Here are the most likely theories:

      Acetaldehyde, the hangover chemical
      In your body, alcohol is converted into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde. This is one the main reasons why we get hangovers.

      But acetaldehyde does more than give you a headache in the morning. It can cause cancer by damaging DNA and stopping our cells from repairing this damage.

      Acetaldehyde also causes liver cells to grow faster than normal. These regenerating cells are more likely to pick up changes in their genes that could lead to cancer.

      Oestrogen and hormones
      Alcohol can increase the levels of some hormones, such as oestrogen, testosterone and insulin. Unusually high levels of oestrogen increase the risk of breast cancer.

      Liver cirrhosis
      Drinking lots of alcohol can damage the cells of the liver, causing a disease called cirrhosis. Cirrhosis makes you more vulnerable to liver cancer.

      Other chemicals
      Alcohol makes it easier for the tissues of the mouth and throat to absorb the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco. This is one reason why people who smoke and drink multiply the damage they receive and have especially high risks of cancer.

      Folate
      Folate is an important vitamin that helps our cells produce new DNA correctly. People who drink alcohol tend to have lower levels of folate in their blood and some studies have found that cancer is more common in people with low folate levels.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does chemotherapy work in helping to cure liver cancer?
    How effective is chemotherapy. I know someone who has primary liver cancer (so hasn’t spread anywhere in the body) and is about to start chemotherapy in order to shrink the tuma/s on the liver to then remove them surgically.

    • ANSWER:
      If you study the figures, you’ll find plenty of opinions on both sides. The ACS claims a 44% percent success rate in treating all cancers with chemotherapy, but their figures are based on five year survival rates.

      Ten year survival rates for cancer treated with chemotherapy are less than ten percent.
      That is a lower survival rate than untreated cancers.

      The sad fact of the matter is that cancer is a billion dollar industry, and there are many people with great influence, who have a vested interest in keeping cancer alive.

      The key to their profit has always been the patenting of pharmaceutical drugs and treatments of the symptoms, and not the cause. They claim not to understand the cause of cancer, and yet fervently deny any cure exists, and if you suggest otherwise, they claim you are a quack. For almost a hundred years, doctors have come forward with effective treatments for all kinds of cancer, and been suppressed; Because natural remedies cannot be patented, and hence reap no profit for the pharmaceutical industry.

      Cancer is caused by imbalance and toxicity in the system.
      It is brought on by elements in our air and water, but primarily our food. The majority of food in America today is toxic, and can cause a wide variety of diseases, from cancer, to diabetes, to heart problems and immune dysfunction.
      Chemotherapy does nothing to treat this cause. In fact, it introduces more toxins into they system and cripples the immune system.

      Don’t take my word for it, do your research online. Google “chemotherapy survival rates”
      Then, if you’re as unsatisfied with western treatments as I am, google these:
      Tai Chi
      QiGong
      Gerson
      Hoxsey

      Modern medicine will tell you this is all quackery…
      From atop the growing pile of chemotherapy treated and radiated corpses, 56 million annually.
      Ask yourself if you would trust the same men who push pills on you during the nightly news, between commercials for greasy fast food burgers and shiny American cars made in Mexico, or are they just in it for the money?

      The answer might save your friend’s life.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are your chances of living if you get liver cancer surgery?
    A very close person in my family has been diagnosed with liver cancer. He is gonna be getting surgery very soon an i wanna know what are the chances of him living..

    Thank you so much!!!
    Please Pray for him!

    • ANSWER:
      i will pray for the poor person from the core of heart.
      i would like to know what kind of cancer was that was it primary or
      secondary? and also was benign or malignant.
      secondary cancers are dangerous one with little chances of life.
      if it was a benign then it can have good prognosis.
      It is also important whether how much of the liver is involved by the cancer.
      Which kind of surgery is he gona have,whether whole of the liver is being removed or half of it.
      if a part of liver is being removed then the good news is that liver grows back, it has regerating power?
      if whole of it is being removed,then my frend there is no other organ in our body that can perform funtions like liver..
      a very neurotoxic(brain distroyer) substance called ammonia produced by breakdown of proteins is removed from blood by THE LIVER and due to any reason liver is failed or absent to perform this important function the ammonia accumulates in blood and stars dystroying brain …and then end result is coma..

  15. QUESTION:
    What does it mean in a person with liver cancer when the pain pills pass through them whole?
    My dad was diagnosed with liver, lung and colon cancer in Nov. He was given 6-9 months. Does this mean his liver is beginning to shut down?

    • ANSWER:
      that his stomach is not producing the necessary acids/enzymes to breakdown the pills. call the Dr, many medications for cancer patients come in liquid form and can be absorbed through the membranes in the mouth by placing it under the tongue.

  16. QUESTION:
    My mom has stage 4 liver cancer shes 72 years old. she start treatment next week.What is the survival rate?
    She first was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 2 years ago and was successful with surgery and treatment.Now its 4th stage liver and a small spot on the abdomen. How should I prepare myself and my family? Thanks Concern Daughter

    • ANSWER:
      Very sorry to read and say stage 4 liver cancer is the terminal stage.
      All treatment options(Very limited) are just palliative and prognosis is poor.
      You and your family must develop mental strength to face inevitable outcome.
      In such cases Hospice care is highly recommended.

  17. QUESTION:
    How long will a dog with liver cancer live?
    My step mom’s 12 or 13 year old black lab has liver cancer and I was wondering how long it would have to live?

    • ANSWER:
      That’s too hard to answer. It just depends on the severity of the cancer and where it is in your dog.

  18. QUESTION:
    How much drinking / drugs would cause liver cancer for someone who has a family history?
    I have a family history of liver cancer, but I am a heavy drinker and occasional drug user…and have been since I was 15. I’m 21 now…am I going to get liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same problems in my family when I was your age. ‘HAD’, meaning both my parents died of alcohol related problems. My Mom had an extremely enlarged liver, but died of nearly total organ failure. I can still remember the doctor who opened her up telling us that her insides were turned to a gelatin like state. They couldn’t even sew her organ rupture together! She just kept bleeding until she died. Alcohol will do alot more then screw with your liver.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can someone please explain metastatic liver cancer to me? What is the cure rate?
    Can someone please explain metastatic liver cancer to me? My mother has this type of cancer. I know that it means the cancer started in her colon and spread to her liver, but I don’t know much of anything else…What is the cure rate? Am I more likely to get this cancer because my mother has it? Is it curable? Any information would be great! Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Metastatic liver cancer means the cancer started in her liver and spread to another part of the body. Usually the lungs or the bones. What you are describing below your question is colon cancer with mets to the liver. Either one is a stage 4 cancer and is very unlikely to be curable. However, treatment may extend life expectancy depending upon the extent of the mets and if the primary tumor was completely removed. Her oncologist would be the best person to ask. It is recommended that you begin colonoscopies when you ar 10 years younger than the age your mother was at diagnosis.

  20. QUESTION:
    If you have cirrhosis of the liver can that bring on liver cancer?
    Can you have cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer at the same time. If you had cirrhosis of the liver is liver cancer worse or will both kill you around the same time? Can you live longer with cirrhosis about how long. Thank you, I’m writing a story and one of my characters is struggling with this issue. Thank you for you help.

    • ANSWER:
      When the liver cells become damaged,
      by any number of causes, the immune system
      of the body responds to this and causes
      inflammation to develop inside the liver.
      The cause has to be found and, if possible,
      stopped and the inflammation has to be
      treated…if not, it can lead to death of the
      liver cells and scar tissue formation inside
      the liver. This scar tissue will block the flow
      of blood to the other liver cells and also
      block the flow of blood through the liver,
      on its way back to the heart.

      As the cells of the liver die off, the functions
      (500 plus) they do to keep the body well,
      starts to deteriorate, also. The liver start
      to die slowly as they cells do and the
      functions go down at the same time.

      This can happen fast in some patients and
      slower in others.

      With cancer, it depends on how fast growing
      the cancer is and whether or not it came
      from another part of the body to the liver or
      started in the liver and stayed there, or
      started in the liver and then went to other
      areas. If cancer is found just in the liver, itself…
      the patient may be placed on the transplant
      list for another liver. It will depend alot, also,
      on how many growth (tumors) are in the liver
      and how large they are. Cancer that has
      spread to or come from another area…is
      very poor prognosis of living long. It becomes
      too difficult to treat and it will keep advancing
      to other areas.

      Yes, it is possible to have cirrhosis and
      cancer together. The cells of the liver can
      become damaged If the cancer tumor keep enlarging and multiplying in size.
      People who have cirrhosis are at a greater
      risk of developing cancer.

      It depends on how fast the cancer or
      cirrhosis advances; how old the patient is;
      if they have other medical problems; if they
      can withstand the long hours of surgery for
      the transplant; whether they respond to
      treatment; if they are able to stop the cause
      of the cell damage (like alcohol, medication
      toxification, chemical exposure, etc)…..
      You really cannot say how long a person
      has to live. The doctors can only give
      an educated guess because they have
      the patient’s medical background and see
      the results of their blood, film, and biopsy
      testing.

      Cirrhosis of the liver and Cancer of the liver
      are both like living through a nightmare.
      Both are facing death, head on.

      I hope this information has been of some help
      to you. Best wishes for a great story.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long before I have cirrhosis/ liver cancer from hepatitis C?
    Ive had Hep-C for 25 years and my viral load is over 5 million. How long before I have cirrhosis or liver cancer with no treatment. What are my chances of treatment even working?

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis C is a virus that has entered the patient’s body and has gone
      to the liver to use the liver cells to replicate itself. (the amount of the
      virus is known as the Viral Load) When the virus uses the liver cell,
      that cell dies and it moves onto the next. For a time, the liver can generate
      new cells to take the place of the dead ones. However, eventually,
      the liver isn’t able to keep up as the cells keep dying off.

      The doctor can tell how far advanced you are in this disease through
      blood testings and a liver biopsy. These results will give him an idea
      of how much functions the liver cells can still do, how much damage
      there is in the entire liver, and how long you may have to live if you
      do not have a liver transplant.

      When the liver cells die, the immune system of the body will
      respond to this and cause inflammation to develop in the liver
      (known as Hepatitis). Hepatitis with a letter after it refers to
      the virus which is only one of many causes of liver cell damage
      (Hepatitis A,B,C). The inflammation inside the liver will cause
      the liver to enlarge in size (can be seen on an ultrasound or
      Ct scan).
      Cirrhosis develops when the liver cells are not just damaged,
      but start to die off and scar tissue takes their place inside the
      liver. This scar tissue cannot be removed. It acts like a wall.
      It blocks the flow of blood in the liver from reaching the heart
      and the blood backs up into smaller vessels in the body to
      do this, that may have weak spots (known as varies).

      http://www.hcvets.com/data/hcv_liver/cirrhosis.htm

      http://hepatitis-c.emedtv.com/hepatitis-c-video/the-human-liver.html

      http://www.hepctrust.org.uk/The+Liver/How+HCV+affects+the+functions+of+the+liver.htm

      Hepatitis C patient, as are others with liver disease, are more
      susceptable to develop liver cancer.

      Some people use the treatment before having a transplant and
      other wait till after the transplant is over.
      The main treatment options are:
      Hepatitis C drugs that are new: Merck’s Victrelis (boceprevir) treatment lasts 8 to 12 months
      and Vertex’s telaprevir (treatment takes six months)
      The standard drugs are alpha interferon and ribavirin.
      Each person reacts differently to medications…so it is hard to determine how
      the body will respond to this ahead of time. It has been shown that the
      new drugs combined with the standard drug has been beneficial in alot of
      cases.

      (click on the links above to go to the sites)

      I hope this information has been of help to you. Best wishes

  22. QUESTION:
    What’s the best primary liver cancer treatment available in india. My father is 70 years old can’t be operated?
    My father is 70 year old and has been recently diagnosed with primary liver cancer doctor’s opinion is that he cant be operated.

    I want to seek a second opinion from the best hospital other then Tata memorial, mumbai. Please suggest me a doctor who specializes in Liver cancer and the best hospital.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Lahore cancer Treatment Center

  23. QUESTION:
    Can you explain liver cancer to me in simple terms?
    My sister’s father in law was diagnosed with liver cancer a few weeks ago. It’s very aggressive. Can you explain to me what he might be going through? Thanks~
    He’s getting TheraSphere treatment soon, if I should include that.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Sarah. I’m sorry your family is going through this illness.
      Parsleys gave you some good information about liver cancer, so I’ll give you some basic information about the TheraSphere treatments.
      Since your sister’s father in law is getting the TheraSphere treatment, I am assuming that the cancer started in his liver, not somewhere else in his body. This is called primary liver cancer. Primary liver cancer is aggressive, as you said, and it is hard to catch early. But the good news is there are new break-through treatments available (like TheraSphere)
      The TheraSphere treatment is a promising new treatment for liver cancer. In the treatment, tiny glass beads (called microspheres) delivers radiation directly to the liver. The beads contain a radioactive material that is specially aimed to destroy cancer cells. To deliver the treatment, a doctor will make a small cut in the patient’s thigh and put a tube into the part of the artery in the liver that feeds the tumor. Then, the beads will be sent through the tube into the cancer’s blood supply. Once they are in the liver, the beads get trapped in the small blood vessels that feed the tumor and radiation gets delivered directly to the tumor. This has many benefits: it does not destroy health cells, like chemotherapy and radiation do, and fewer treatments are needed. Also, this treatment is not toxic like chemotherapy, so the side effects he may experience should not be quite as bad. Some of the side effects of the TheraSphere treatment are feeling tired, a slight fever, nausea, mild abdominal pain, and loss of appetite.
      I hope this is the kind of information you were looking for Good luck to you and your family.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for liver cancer? How long can you live with liver cancer?
    My friend had a body scan today and her liver was highlighted for having cancer. The doctor hasn;t given her a sure answer, but she has all the symptoms of liver cancer. Is there a cure? How long can she live? She thinks she’s going to die, is this true? She found out she had cancer in other parts of her body, like her thyroid, so they removed it. Her bone scan came back negative for cancer. She has a brain tumor and a tumor on her pituatary gland, but the doctor says that nothing is connected. She’s been to so many doctors and his losing hope. No one can tell her what’s going on with her body. As soon as one thing gets better, another goes wrong. SHe is my best-friend and I’m looking for hope. She’s only 37 and has a beautiful baby girl. Any answers are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver cancer is treatable. Treatable means you can have the affected portion removed (ablated or resected) and then undergo chemo and/or radiation. Thyroid cancer is also treatable.
      You say the doctors don’t think they are connected, this is a good sign. None of us can tell what her prognosis is since none of us are treating her, but what is of utmost importance is her being positive. If she is positive, wants to fight for her life, finds strength in her little girl, and turns herself into a warrior, she can defeat it.
      Please go to this site for more info and i strongly recommend you join a support group, for her sake and yours.

      http://www.cancerlinksusa.com/liver/inanswer.htm

  25. QUESTION:
    Headaches and high fever with last stage of liver cancer, is this close to the end?
    My brother is in the last stage of liver cancer. He has a significant weight loss and is very jaundiced. The whites of his eyes are yellow. The past few days he has ran a high fever of 103 to 104 and having bad heaches. Was wondering if this is close to the end. If you have any info could you please tell me. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what is causing that fever and if they can get it under control. I am guessing that it is probably near the end because infection is often what will cause the death at the end. A person is just too weak to fight off the infection. Since his temp is so high, this is probably what is happening. You don’t give a lot of details, so I’m just going by what you are telling me. Since he is so jaundiced, the weight loss, the high fever, and knowing he has end stage cancer, I doubt if he will be able to live much longer. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  26. QUESTION:
    What/ where is the best treatment for liver cancer?
    My brother had bile duct cancer which speed to his liver last year. They resected his liver and had to remove 80% of his liver. Since then he has had chemotherapy which we believed to have worked. He had a scan done 2 weeks ago and got the results yesterday. They have now told him the cancer has returned and has infected his whole liver. They have told him they can’t operate or give him a transplant. Is there anything we can do? He is only 29!

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Liver cancer can be cured only when found in an early stage and before the disease has spread. Treatment procedures may vary depending on the size of the tumor, and whether or not the patient also has cirrhosis of the liver. If cirrhosis is not a factor, the tumor may be surgically removed or destroyed using non-surgical techniques.

      Treatment options for liver cancer may include:
      Surgery

      Currently, the best chance for potentially curing liver cancer is through surgery. Surgery can be done in attempt to remove the tumor or to do a liver transplant. If the surgeon is able to remove most of the tumor, this betters the chance of a positive outlook for survival.

      Transplantation involves the removal of the diseased liver, which is then replaced with a healthy organ from a donor. If the patient suffers from cirrhosis or it the tumor is very large, liver transplantation will likely be recommended as the primary treatment option. Transplantation may also be an option for small liver tumors, although not done very often. Transplantation may also carry an added risk for serious infection and other health issues in some liver cancer patients.

      Tumor Ablation is a local treatment. Heat (radiofrequency ablation) or extreme cold (cryosurgery) is used to freeze or burn the tumor in place. Ablation may be used when surgical removal of the tumor is not possible. Ablation may help prolong survival for some liver cancer patients.

      Embolization involves the injection of tiny plastic pellets or another material into the arteries that carry blood to the tumor. The pellets block blood flow, which makes it harder for the tumor to grow.
      Radiation Therapy

      High-energy rays are used to shrink or kill liver cancer cells. Radiation can only be used in low doses, as normal liver tissue will be destroyed along with cancer cells. Radiation therapy cannot cure liver cancer, and is typically used to shrink the tumor or relieve pain.
      Chemotherapy

      Chemotherapy uses one drug or a combination of drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy is not generally used to treat liver cancer because of a low response rate, but research is looking into novel ways to administer chemotherapy.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to reduce or stop fluid gathering in the feet due to bone and liver cancer?
    My grandmother has cancer that has spread to her liver. Her lungs are gathering fluid already, but recently her feet have begun to gather fluid. Is there something we can do to reduce or stop the fluid build-up in her feet?

    • ANSWER:
      She should elevate her feet as much as possible, even slightly, as this should help reduce the edema in her legs and feet.

      Ask her doctor if he thinks her edema would respond to diuretics (water tablets).

      For the fluid in her lungs (pulmonary edema), treatments include:

      Aldactone;
      Bumex;
      Dyazide;
      Lasix;
      Maxzide; and
      Hydrodiuril.

      The product branded as Lasix (furosemide) is also available in injection form, as is Bumex.

      Best wishes to you and your grandmother.

      Take care.

  28. QUESTION:
    How can i make my grandmother (who is a liver cancer patient) comfortable for as long as possible?
    My grandmother has liver cancer and we have just been reported that its terminal. And I really have no clue what that even means. The point is I’m doing the best I can but I feel as though it isn’t good enough. I would appreciate any information and input you may have.

    • ANSWER:
      In addition to Lucy L advice, I would suggest you get all of the family together as soon as possible (if not earlier). All too often we dont tell the people we love how we truly feel until it is too late. Let your grandmother know how much she is loved. Take the time to sit down with her and go thru old photo albums and reminisce, and let her tell stories. Make sure the family surrounds her as much as they can to occupy her mind and make her final time her as much of a pleasure as possible. Try to arrange to have a living memorial. Try not to let everyone dwell on the difficulties that lie in your near future.

  29. QUESTION:
    I need to know where the best place to go for Liver Cancer is in Chicago or Indianapolis. Can anyone help?
    I have a family member just diagnosed with liver cancer and now it’s time to treat it. The hospital he went to for the diagnosis isn’t the best hospital by any means. I am looking for the best hospital to go to around Chicago or Indianapolis. I’ve done a little research and the University of Chicago keeps showing up as a good one along with Northwestern University. Are either one of these good choices or are there better ones?

    • ANSWER:
      Your family member needs to choose a comprehensive cancer center for treatment. It does make a huge difference where the patient is treated. In the larger hospitals there is a greater turn over of patients, so an oncologist that specializes in liver cancers will have a great deal more experience treating this type of cancer than the smaller hospitals. Not all protocols are the same especially with advanced cancer. It is often better to go to a teaching hospital because there are more innovative or experimental treatments available. The only reason we know this is because my son underwent an experimental surgery in a different state than where we live . . his surgeon here knew how to do the treatment but felt that it needed to be done by at a university hospital with a surgeon who had more experience. Experience is the key.

      Many cancer patients go to the comprehensive cancer centers such as Dana Farber, Memorial Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson to get their initial treatment plans . . they can than return to their homes and receive their treatment locally. Happens all the time.

      NCI: Comprehensive Cancer Centers List

      http://cancercenters.cancer.gov/cancer_centers/cancer-centers-list.html

      Both the University of Chicago and Northwestern Univ are okay and are comprehensive cancer centers, but I do know that in Pennsylvania there is a comprehensive cancer center that specializes in liver cancer treatments. You can look through the link to see what they offer for treatment options.

      UPMC Liver Cancer Center

      http://www.upmc.com/Services/liver-cancer-center/Pages/default.aspx

  30. QUESTION:
    If a liver cancer marker is 101 with someone who has Stage IV liver cancer, how long might he survive?
    My husband was diagnosed with colon cancer in November of 2007, which spread to his liver, Stage IV. His cancer marker was 349 and the doctors said he could expect to live 6 months, that his cancer would probably not respond well to chemo. After 6 chemo treatments, his cancer marker came way down to 101, but no one will tell us he can now expect to live years instead of months. Anyone know what we should expect?

    • ANSWER:
      Well that’s good news isn’t it. So take each day as it comes. remember everyone is different, so what is for one is not for someone else, if that makes any sense. Look forward to some good times together, do any of us really need to know how long we have, just enjoy what you can, when you can. Try to make life as stress free as possible for both of you. I wish you all the best x

  31. QUESTION:
    What are some good internet site that a 6th grade student could look on to learn about liver cancer?
    I need to write a report about liver cancer, but i don’t know where to look with out it saying something about Hepatitis B!!! I need help!!!!! thank you.

    • ANSWER:

      https://health.google.com/health/ref/Hepatocellular+carcinoma

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the expected duration of liver cancer?
    About how long would liver cancer last?

    • ANSWER:
      Take a look at the site below which explains many misunderstood things about the cancer industry, and has some natural cures too.

      Cancer

      http://dgwa1.fortunecity.com/body/cancer.html

      Try a liver flush

      Liver cleanse

      http://www.curezone.com/schulze/herbal_5day_liver_cleanse.html

      http://www.curezone.com/cleanse/liver/huldas_recipe.asp

  33. QUESTION:
    I want to know what is the life expectancy of liver cancer?
    My aunt was diagnosed with liver cancer and I would like to know the seriousness of it. I also would like to know what is the life expectancy of liver cancer patients. Please help….I am really worried about her.

    • ANSWER:
      On the seriousness scale, it is very serious. You are not giving any information to determine the survival rate. At best the 5-year survival rate is about 85%, but only about 10% fall into this category. At worst, survival is 3-6 months.

  34. QUESTION:
    My mother has been diagnosed with recurrent liver cancer in the lungs and lymph nodes. how long does she have?
    It is a very rare liver cancer and very aggressive. It is a stage 4.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    What alternative treatment for liver cancer stadium 2? How long do they normally live?
    He is only 55 years old, but has diabetis. The cancer is only in the liver and has already blocked his right portal vein. The left one is almost blocked. So, even the chemo might not even treat it …

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for LIver Cancer :-
      1.SULFUR 30C
      2.BRYONIA 30C
      3.CARDUUS MARIANUS in Q (Mother Tincture)
      4.CHELIDONIUM MAJUS in Q (Mother Tincture)
      5.LYCOPODIUM 1M(1000)

      Take remedy 1 and 2 thrice a day half hour before meals followed by 20 drops each of 3 and 4 half hour after meals together in a half a cup of hot water and take 5 after a week of taking the above regularly just one dose a week. Avoid Chocolates, Coffee, Mints and Red Meat while taking Homeopathic Medicines and avoid all foodstuffs, which gives you constipation at all costs.
      If there is any ambiguity about the dosage or the potency of the medicine please ask me before doing anything.
      And keep me posted about your progress at least every three days.

      Take Care and God Bless you!

  36. QUESTION:
    What can I expect from a liver cancer diagnosis?
    Two weeks ago a friend was diagnosed with liver cancer. She also has tumors in the lining of the stomach. Her physician gave her 6 months but is sending her to the Unniversity of Pa. for a 3 hr. proceedure (she has already had her fluids drained) which uses a light to see into her stomach and liver. I am discouraged her dr. told her 6 months.

    • ANSWER:
      The University of Pa is a comprehensive cancer site but not sure if their focus is liver cancer? In the same state though is the University of Pittsburg which has an excellent research and cancer treatment facility for liver cancer .. considered innovative and one of the best . .

      Liver Cancer Center

      http://www.upmc.com/services/livercancercenter

      UPCI Liver Cancer Program

      http://www.upci.upmc.edu/research/clinical/liver/index.html

      Pittsburgh has a treatment called intra-peritoneal hyperthermic chemoperfusion where they do abdominal surgery to remove all visible tumors and than pour heated chemo directly into the abdomen. My son had this done and it gave him an additional two years . . so that would be very hopeful for your friend.

      What you and she need to do now is to keep her alive as long as possible . . she needs to learn to live with her cancer. The reason for this is that medical science is constantly changing and finding out new information . . there could be a breakthrough that would benefit your friend . .so she should focus on that and stay hopeful.

      There is also a procedure called RFA . . radiofrequency ablation in which liver tumors can be ablated (disintegrated with heat) . . Pittsburg also offers that.

      As for her physician giving her 6 months . . don’t pay attention to this . . individuals are not statistics . . and no one, not even a doctor will know how long a patient will live.

      Please read The Median isn’t the Message:

      http://www.cancerguide.org/median_not_msg.html

  37. QUESTION:
    What does a WBC count of 60,000 mean if you have liver cancer?
    My friend has just been diagnosed with liver cancer after her WBC count hit 60,000. She has had pain for months. Does the WBC count mean she is going to die?

    • ANSWER:
      increased WBC is not a problem. it shows that there is something wrong in body. its a sign. leukocytosis(increased WBC) has lots of reasons,for example infections can cause leukocytosis. cancers also could cause leukocytosis if malignant cells have spreaded through body….i need more information to conclude….
      ps:all of us will die.

  38. QUESTION:
    My aunt had liver cancer and is expected to live up to 24 months. Is there anything that can be done?
    The doctors told us over the phone that she waited too long and that the cancer spreaded from her colon to her liver and that now there’s nothing they could do about it. And until something is done, she have up to 24 months to live. I blame them.

    What else could be done? Take her to another doctor, or give her some diet foods, or what?

    • ANSWER:
      I think firstly you should make clear about your aunt’s thought, and then you can try to ask other doctors’ opinions and decide what should you do in the next. But I think the most important thing is you must accompany her and make her happy.

  39. QUESTION:
    How probable is Hepatitis B carrier getting liver cancer?
    How probable is Hepatitis B carrier getting liver cancer later in his/her life? And is there any way to prevent this?

    Here’s the blood test results:

    Hepatitis B Surface Antigen: Positive
    Hepatitis B Surface Antibody: Negative
    Hepatitis B e-antigen: Negative
    Hepatitis B Core IGM Antibody: Negative
    Hepatitis B e-antibody: Postive

    All the Hepatic Function Panel test results (including AST, ALT, and AFP) are normal.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You’re carrier.
      Chance for Hep B infection become chronic liver infection is 5%.
      15 – 20 % from 5% have chanceto become chirrhosis and hepatoma (liver cancer).

      http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1121644

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the impact on economic development and lifestyle of LIVER CANCER?
    What is the impact on economic development and lifestyle of liver canceR?

    • ANSWER:
      My mom has liver cancer and lived poor growing up. After living poor for so long (9 other siblings also), she married and soon started her own preschool. Money isn’t much of a problem and hasn’t been for the last 20 years or so. BUT when she got money, she started eating fast food often. Fat, greasy, calorie-ridden foods that I believe helped give her liver cancer. I once read that eating a big mac meal from McDonald’s damaged your liver just as much as being really really drunk. Think of the people that get really drunk and then end their night with Steak and Shake or a similar fast food joint. Lots of cases will be springing up of this in the next 15 years for my generation if we make it that far.

  41. QUESTION:
    What do you look for when you’re in your last stage of liver cancer ?
    My grandfather has liver cancer and the doctors said they’ve done all they can. What to look for next or will he just sleep away?

    • ANSWER:
      Possible Complications:-
      * Gastrointestinal bleeding
      * Liver failure
      * Spread (metastasis) of the carcinoma

  42. QUESTION:
    What food can I give my dog with liver cancer that will give her nutrients and create her appetitie?
    Liver cancer causing no appetite.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Is there a real website providing Liver Cancer Treatment?
    I have gotten liver cancer in 2 months before diagnosing. I want to use herbal treatment for treatment. Is there a site providing herbal liver cancer treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer develops because, for some reason, the cells start to multiply so fast that
      they form a tumor and keep growing in number. Cancer can be slow growing or
      very fast growing and aggressive. Cancer
      can develop in one area and break off and
      go to other organs also. That means if
      it is in the lungs, it can go to the liver, or develop in the liver and go to the bones.
      These cancer cells push on the other healthy
      cells in the liver and can cut off their blood
      supply which gives them nourishment and
      oxygen. These cells will die and form
      scar tissue inside the liver. The
      professionals have found out that they
      need certain drugs directed right at the
      tumor to try and destroy it, or try to
      cut off the blood supply to it, or try to
      destroy the cells as much as possible that
      continue to multiply.

      There is a new development known as
      Gamma knife where the radiation goes
      directly to the tumor and not the surrounding
      tissues. Which helps keep the patients
      from having so many side effects that
      normally would occur just radiating the whole
      body.

      http://radonc.yale.edu/clinical/radiosurgery.html

      There is a new surgical instrument that
      they can use to take tumors out of the
      body that is ultrasonic and will remove the
      tissues and leave the blood vessel and
      nerves alone known as Cusa:
      (this site is talking about using it for women,
      but it is also used for liver tumors)

      http://www.ump.com/articles/cusa/CUSA.htm

      This instrument help stop from having
      blood transfusions used during this time.

      There is also an instrument that is used
      known as Tissue Link that uses hot water
      that will gently close these vessels in the
      liver. I don’t have a link for that.
      Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in
      Philadelphia, Pa. is where I know that
      they have used these instruments.
      (http://www.jeffersonhospital.org

      I know it is tempting to use herbal medications…but these medications can
      interact with medications the doctor may
      be giving you…they can also cause more
      damage when you are not sure which one
      to use and the amount.
      All medications goes through the liver to
      be processed. There are many drugs
      on the market that can harm the liver very
      easily when taken with other things…like
      over the counter pain med and alcohol together. Using herbs that have not been
      tested to see how the liver handles them, can cause more damage…most herbs have
      not been tested and the few that have been
      have been found out to be a great problem
      The liver, once it is damage, lacks in its
      ability to process drugs and the dosage has
      to be adjusted per patient and how bad the
      damage is. You will be taking a risk in doing this.

      If you really think about this…the herbs you
      will be taking is going to be processed
      through your digestive system and has to be absorbed into the body through the
      liver, which is not as good as if the medication is directed straight at the tumor itself.

      I hope you will reconsider and, if you do
      take anything, have it cleared to be okay
      to do so by your doctor.

      Sorry to hear you are going through this all.

  44. QUESTION:
    With liver cancer, if your ALT rises from 44 to 95, does that mean that the liver is shutting down?
    My friend started with colon cancer, which spread to his liver (stage IV), for 6 months the doctor said the liver numbers were good. Then a month ago he was concerned because it rose to 44, and now it’s 95. He’s being vague about how serious that could be. At what point does the liver shut down, or is damaged to the point that death is around the corner?

    • ANSWER:
      I think those numbers go much much higher when the liver is shutting down. My oncologist assured me that 10 or 20 points higher than the normal range is nothing to worry about … he sees numbers in the thousands with liver cancer cases.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can a person have a spot on their liver and it not be liver cancer?
    When there is a small spot found on someone’s liver is it automatically a sign of cancer or is their another explanation for this. My friend’s mom has this and they are going to do more test. Please no Smart Alec answers…this in not a laughing matter for me. My mom died from liver cancer, but her whole liver was involved when we found out, but I don’t want to give my friend no hope.

    • ANSWER:
      No it is not automatically anything this is why they are doing more tests.

  46. QUESTION:
    On average how many people survive liver cancer?
    I have been just diagnosed with a tumor on my liver and I am waiting for the results of the MRI test to find out if it may be cancer. I am curious to know what the average percentage of people with liver cancers survive with treatment? I have searched the internet myself but I’m upset and lack the patients to sift through all the medical mumbo jumbo. Plus I am a bit confused. If someone can shed some light for me it would be greatly appreciated.
    I don’t have any information to go on.

    • ANSWER:
      You have to understand giving no information to go on will only give you a vague answer. The 5 year survival rate ranges from 2.5% to 26%.

  47. QUESTION:
    what is the best treatment for primary liver cancer complicated with cirrhosis with portal thrombosis?
    patient is a diabetic with low platelet count gastric verces are present. he has affected to primary liver cancer specially in right lobe with lot of nodules. if he get the treatment with radio frequency ablation will he stay with us for long period. what are the side effects of RFA?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends alot on if this cancer is aggressive or not. If this cancer has come from another area or has gone to other areas of the body. If this has happened, the patient would not be considered for liver transplant.

      It would have to be determine if this is one growth or many and the size of them. Once a cancer growth reaches a certain size..even though it is only in the liver,then the doctor would have to decide whether a transplant would be considered.

      There are different treatment measures:
      GAMMA KNIFE

      http://www.gammaknife.org?

      NANO KNIFE

      http://www.nanotechbuzz.com/50226711/nanoknife_nanoshells_kill_cancer_tumors.php

      CYBERKNIFE

      http://www.cyberknife.com

      RADIOWAVE THERAPY

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-invasive_RF_cancer_treatment#Cancer_therapy

      Here is a site that explains new developments in treating liver cancer:

      http://www.liver-products.com/liver-therapy/microspheres-hepatology.html

      TELEMORASE IN CURING CANCER

      http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bal-md.hs.telomere06oct06,0,5278594.story?track=rss

      MICROWAVE Microwave destroy cancer tumors of the liver

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090204173038.htm

      SIR-SPHERES: Selective Internal Radiation Therapy: http://www.umgcc.org/sir-spheres/about_sirt.htm
      A non surgical therapy that uses radioactive microspheres to deliver radiation directly to the site of the liver tumors. It gives
      up to 40 times more radiation to the liver tumors than conventional radiotherapy. Theraspheres which uses microscopic glass beads
      to deliver radiation to the liver tumors. It shrinks the cancer but is not a cure…it is usually used combined with chemotherapy.
      Another name: radioembolization: 6 million radioactive microspheres or glass beads into the tumor. Each bead, which is smaller than the
      width of a strand of hair, emits radiation to kill the cancer. It is alot of radiation concentrated in a very small area.
      ULTRASONIC WAVE (CUSA)excel ultrasonic Aspiration System

      http://www.ivanhoe.com/channels/p_channelstory.cfm?storyid=17589

      Patient loses very little blood. It is a surgical tool called a Cusa that sucks out liver cells. If you remove the liver cells you are left with the blood vessels.

      Considering he is diagnosed with Cirrhosis, Portal thrombosis, and cancer…it doesn’t sound promising. However, only the doctors can give you an educated guess on whether he will have a chance to become better, how long he might live, and whether he can be evaluated for transplantation.
      Here is a site on the Liver transplant process, if you need it:

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

      I hope this information is of some help to you.

      .

  48. QUESTION:
    How long can someone in their late 70′s survive terminal liver cancer?
    I know terminal means there’s nothing they can do but I just found out my grandmother has terminal liver cancer. I’m going up to see her today hoping that this won’t be the last time I do see her. So could someone give me some idea of the life expectancy, I know you’re no doctors but some of you probably have experience. Thank you x

    • ANSWER:
      Generally in terminal liver cancer patient,s survival is few months but in individual patient it is difficult to predict.It depends on many other factors.

  49. QUESTION:
    My mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer 2 weeks ago. It has also spread to her liver. How bad is it?
    She had surgery last week to remove the bowel cancer, which was 90% covering her bowel. The surgery was a success, but now there are also secondary cancers in her liver. At the moment the doctor can say there are 3 lumps in the liver, but he says there may be more they dont know about.
    Mum has to start chemo in a few weeks.
    Can someone please tell me the best and worst case scenario for secondary liver cancer.
    Any advice would also be appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Best Case is that she will go through one round of treatment. Which may include hair falling out, days of extreme fatigue, and sickness. And the cancer goes away.

      Worst case is that she goes through all of that and the cancer spreads. And I do not have to tell you what the end result will be.

      I have some info I would like you to look at that may aid her in her treatment. Please consider all avenues before it is too late to help her. I totally believe in it and have seen it work in other people with Stage 4 cancer.

      You are in my prayers and I hope that all turns out well for you.

  50. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a person that is dying from Liver Cancer?
    My husband and I just took the responsibility of caring for my sister that was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. My sister is on morphine to control the pain, and the doctor tells us is a matter of weeks. My sister has no clue as to what is going on and is tearing me up inside.

    She is 55 years old and was full of life until 9 months ago, I see her wasting away, with lots of pain, the tumor is inoperable. Therefore, I need to know what is going to happen, what changes am I going to see in her? I have been told that they could bleed through the mucus area… eyes, nose etc.

    Has anyone gone through this experience?

    Thank you

    Nina

    • ANSWER:
      oh my god…i am so sorry to hear about your family tragedy…you are a very good and strong person and admire you…
      the syptoms are What are the symptoms of Liver Cancer?

      The most common symptoms of liver cancer are from a massive tumor growing in the liver, or even liver failure. A very early cancer will have no symptoms, since it is too small to cause any. As it enlarges, common symptoms include:

      1.Pain in the right upper abdominal area caused by stretching of the liver’s capsule, which is rich in nerves. The liver may then extend below the right costal margin (“hepatomegaly”) and be painful to probe.
      2. Weight Loss and loss of appetite; the liver is a digestive organ.
      3. Swelling of the abdomen (called “ascites” pronounced a-site-ees) from the liver failing to produce the protein required to hold the blood’s fluid in the blood vessels, so it migrates out to fill the abdomen, scrotum and limbs.
      4. Cirrhosis signs like breast swelling in males (from the liver failing to break down estrogens) and little spider shaped veins (angiomata) seen on the skin. Another sign of liver failure is very red palms (“palmar erythema”).
      5. Blood clotting problems leading to intestinal bleeding and bruises on the skin. The liver normally uses vitamin K from the diet and intestinal bacteria sources to synthesize the clotting factor (“prothrombin”) necessary for life.
      6.Fatigue and eventually coma from buildup of ammonia in the body.
      7. Jaundice and light stools, from blockage of the bile draining system. Also looser and smellier stools may be seen, (“steatorrhea”) indicating poor breakdown of fats in the digestive tract. Jaundice normally produces itching (pruritis) when it becomes marked. The first area notable for jaundice, caused by the
      liver’s failure to clear bilirubin, is the whites of the eyes (“scleral icterus”).
      8. Paraneoplastic syndromes means unusual symptoms caused by chemical alterations in the body either from the liver failing or secretions from the tumor cells themselves. These include elevated blood calcium, low blood sugar, anemias, precocious puberty in children, intense flushing, and other metabolic
      disturbances. These syndromes often will be alleviated with cancer shrinkage.
      9. Signs of Distant Spread include bone pain, neurological symptoms from brain involvement, and intestinal blockage. These all indicate advanced disease.