Liver Cancer.My Father.Prognosis?
My father was diagnosed with Cirrhosis 4 months ago, had massive ascites….the Cirrhosis was brought on by years and years of hard drinking. He recently found out about 2 lesions/tumors on his liver which means he has cancer. He always stays positive and doesn’t want us worrying, but he’s talking about transplants, 5 years down the road, etc., but it doesn’t take a genius to google Liver Cancer Prognosis and read that it’s a poor prognosis, no matter what stage he is at. He told me has a Stage 1, Localized, Primary Liver Cancer…I just don’t really know what to think..should I trust his words about how positive he is or should I be a realist and go by what I’m reading about, online? Thanks a lot.
Liver Cancer Prognosis?
Was diagnosed with cirrhosis 4 months ago..from being an alcoholic for the past 10 years..was recently diagnosed with liver cancer, primary, localized…2 days ago he was admitted to the hospital for vomiting blood and has been here since..I should be expecting a lot of these hospital visits or what? He is all doped up on morphine and ambien and doesn’t look great..what can I expect..I think his cancer is stage 1 or 2
Liver cancer is a tough one, and it is hard to make predictions.
Yes, it doesn’t sound like he’s going to live for another 10 years, *but* he probably will make it out of the hospital.
The thing with the liver is that it affects blood clotting (hence the vomiting blood), so that has to be controlled.
I wish him, and you, a smooth journey.
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?
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 : )
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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 :-
3.CARDUUS MARIANUS in Q (Mother Tincture)
4.CHELIDONIUM MAJUS in Q (Mother Tincture)
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!
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
Yes, some types of cancer travel from organ to organ. Sometimes even into the brain.
Good luck to her and you. Pops
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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?
What is the prognosis of stage 4 ovarian cancer that spreads to colon, liver and spleen? What is average time?
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.
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)
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….
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.
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:
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m So Scared – Father Has Liver Cancer – Is The End Near?
Diagnosed with Cirrhosis last June, diagnosed with Liver Cancer in August..had ascites, had 2 tumors, no spreading, had chemoembolization done, had bleeding varices and spent 4 days in late October in the hospital. Been going back for endoscopies, MRI/CT Scans every 3 months and cancer has not spread yet, luckily. I know you’re going to tell me talk to his doctors, but wait first, because I asked them all what they think about prognosis and they said it’s too hard to tell, so I was hoping I could get some responses and input from anyone who has gone through this with someone. I know he doesn’t feel gravely sick or anything like that, he’s just constantly tired, can’t do much physical, sleeps a lot, doesn’t work anymore, and just hangs out around the house, walks around very slowly, but he is still almost totally coherent. It’s very odd cause he has his good days and his bad days. Now my wonders are if he is just going to drop dead one day, unannounced or if this is going to get progressively worse and I’ll know when the end is near? This was all brought on from alcoholism (btw) and he is waiting to get on transplant list…he hasn’t drank since he was diagnosed with Cirrhosis and he’s still there but he’s also not still there, if you know what I mean. In a matter of the last 7 months, he’s changed so much, it’s so sad and makes me want to cry..how the hell will I know that it’s almost over or is he just going to drop dead at any second?
Thanks for taking the time
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?
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?
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
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
is this denial of cancer?
bassically, my grandad informed us last week that he had been diagnosed with liver cancer and was finding out the prognosis this tuesday just gone. However, when we contacted him to see how things had gone he is now saying that they havent put him on any drugs or started treatment as the doctors don’t know whats wrong with him. Do you think this is denial? or is he losing it? do you think it could be a practical joke? surely no one would joke about things like that? pleas ehelp
No, no real medical person would joke about liver cancer. It is serious, and can be deadly.
Some things that might factor into all of this:
Just because a spot was seen, or their were symptoms, does not mean they were cancer. There are other diseases and maladies of the liver. And sometimes, a shadow on an x-ray is just that. Nothing. Was a biopsy done? Was it positive or negative for cancer? If not, is Grandpa scheduled for one? this is the only definitive diagnostic tool for cancer of the liver.
The general public thinks that a person diagnosed with cancer would be/should be rushed to a treatment center immediately and started on a treatment within the hour of receiving a diagnosis of cancer. And that is not true, and not what is done. Sometimes there is more testing needed to make the diagnosis. Or to find out if there is cancer and it has spread, or a need to know how big it is. There is a process to go through to get the right treatment for the right cancer, the right dose of chemotherapy or radiation. There is a process to talk about if the patient should get treatments, or if they are healthy enough for them. Radiation treatments must be set up, the skin marked with the measurements so the radiation machine can be lined up properly.
Have one family member who Granddad trusts talk to him about what the doctor said. If it sounds weird or fishy, or like Grandpa just did not understand, which would be more likely than having denial or suddenly “losing it”then have that person get GrandDad’s permission to call the doctor’s office and get more info.
And for heaven sakes, and his own protection, get Grandpa to allow someone to take him to the doctor, and listen in to what is said. Did you know that “they” did a survey, and discovered that the average patient only hears 60% of what the doctor tells us during an appointment? It is thought that we are scared, and probably partially undressed or embarrassed about the discussion, so our brain is worried about those things instead of listening good. It might not be Grand dad at all, just the human brain interfering.
good luck to you and grandad
Cancer taking life of loved one…?
My grandfather just found out he has liver cancer…They don’t know the prognosis, but I’m really sad about this I cant stop crying and I can’t eat…My job took alot of my time for the past 2 years and I hardly spent any time with him at all, I feel terrible…I want to call him, and stop down, but I feel like he is upset I don’t see/call them much. I feel so awkward, like, I just show up out of the blue and be like, “oh, how are you?” what am I suppossed to do? How to I overcome this? I want to spend time with him but I don’t have the energy, it sounds so selfish and I HATE myself right now…I just want him to know I love him, and that I’m sorry for being such a disappointment…I’m sorry but I’m really upset and I have no one else to talk to cuz I’m a lowlife loser friggin pillhead (just to deal with the pain I’ve felt for many years prior to this)…again sorry
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?
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.
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?
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.
Gift for friend with cancer?
Her last round of chemo is tomorrow, and her prognosis looks good (thank God). We aren’t extremely close, but I sort of want a ‘celebration’ type gift. I’ve done what I can to help out, offering my time mostly.
She has 2 young girls, and just lost her mom this year to liver cancer.
Any suggestions are appreciated!
Since you aren’t extremely close, maybe a gift card to a shop or store she likes would do it.
If you know she likes fragrances, something from Bath & Body Works (or similar) would be a real treat.
For something she can share with the girls, possibly a gift certificate for a tea room or little cafe would be nice.
You could even make your own gift basket or purchase one ready-made.
Gift certificate for books…
Just some ideas.
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.
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.
cMy father was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer?
It has metastisized and has caused multiple tumors on his upper spine and a large one on his lower spine he also has in the dr.s words a massive brain tumor..and hydrocephly(water on the brain) My father had an aneurysm when he was 30yrs old due to either the spud wrench that fell from the fourth floor of the building he was welding fore M J Woods that hit him so hard it split the hard hat in two and they stapled him back together or from Cerebral arteriovenous malformation a birth defect that weakens the viens in the brain.or both..Anyway My father is not a canidate for treatment he is not in the best of health and it has metastisized my question is for anyone who has been thru a situation like this..They dr told us the prognosis was about 6 months my father is in alot of pain from the tumor on his lower spine and the water and tumor in the brain he is sleeping alot. He gets up around 6am has a cup of coffee with his cigarettes!!! Goes back to bed around 730 800 does not get up til around 2 eats like a bird and goes back to bed to sleep. He is weak how long does it take for the cancer to spread to the final stages and when will we know it is the final stages? My fathers brother uncle Randy died in March due to liver cancer and hep c the dr gave him 6 weeks he died 2 days before the 6 week mark but he went from a lil confusion and still walking around he saw his kids at 7pm on sat and went into a coma at 11pm that night he died in a vegatative state at hospice sunday morning we had no idea it would happen like that but there was something peaceful about it he didnt suffer for long. That is all I pray for my daddy..I just have never been around anyone with lung cancer and i just need the painful truth of what to expect will it be as bad as i am thinking it will? Will his pain just continue to get worse? He cries cause of the pain and I will be 30 years old this Sunday and I dont remember ever seeing my daddy cry except when his brother died it was his baby brother and everyone in his family his parents and grandarents died of cancer mostly lung but i was to young my parents hid it from us until they passed we just knew they were rea sick to sick for us to visit .
Your dad should NOT suffer in pain. I wish I could tell you that all will be okay and he will live for a long time, but his time is short. He should not have unbearable pain during this transition. Please think about hospice care for your dad. Hospice will also care for you and your family, to alleviate your emotional pain. Hospice will provide medications so he will not have pain, will be able to breathe better, and he will not be anxious. I have cared for many lung cancer patients at the end of their lives, and their families. Please talk to his doctor for information about hospice. My prayers go out to you. I am sorry you have to face a birthday in this manner.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Cancer Prognosis for stage four lung cancer patient?
My wife was diagnosed with lung cancer,stage four,right after Christmas.We are now almost finished with radiation to a large tumor,4cm that has ate through her cranium.Most of that mass is external,but after PET scan we have three tumors in one lung,one a large mass with internal necrosis(sp),several (5) small lesions in her liver and her lymph nodes are affected,unknown quantity but started out to be two of them.There is also a mass on her spine causing back pain,some days worse than others.What kind of life expectancy are we facing here?I have heard the terms quality of life and how well she deals with the chemo.But no one will tell me and I hate to ask while my wife is sitting there with me.Everyonne is trying to keep her up beat,and sheis doing a wonderful job,but with no insurance I am going to have to make some serious decisions here,any help is greatly appreciated,Robert
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
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…
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 ?
stage 4 lung cancer?
Uncle with history of liver transplant 4 years ago, old liver had cancer, now cancer is detected in the lung stage 4 with mets from original cancer. Cancer is located in the plural space of the lung
what options are available and prognosis?
Several options are available (radiation in some patients, lung resection (removal of art of the lung), and chemotherapy), however patients with Stage IV lung CA with mets have a 1% 5yr post diagnosis survival rate. Several MDs may not attempt any of these treatments, and if they do it may be to help ease the pain, not to cure. I am very sorry. Good luck.
please help.my friends dad is yellow with jaundice,hes been going to doctors for 6 weeks,?
hes had blood tests at docs and hospital,then he had 3 scans (ultrasound, ct abdomen and chest)why chest???he has to wait 4 weeks before he goes for results. hospital said he has a blockage but they dont know where!hes lost lots of weight.my mum died from gall bladder/liver cancer and he seems to have the same symptoms.i know the prognosis is not good for this cancer,and time could be short ,i cant understand why the hospital is taking so long to diagnose,could it be they might think its cancer and are enabling him to stay at home for as long as possible, or they think its just a gallstone blocking the bile duct and easy to treat.why is there no urgency with this case???
Your Dad should be seeing a gastroenterologist
They usually do an ultrasound first, then a Ct scan.
However, it will show if there are gallstones in the
gallbladder, any infections, stones or growths in
the bile duct, how well the blood is flowing through
the liver, if the ducts are malformed or twisted in
nature and other things.
His ” blood tests” would of indicated if the liver
cells are being damaged from the bile backing up
into the liver, how well the liver cells are able to
do the functions needed to be done, and if
there was a virus that is using the liver cells
to replicate itself. If they did the Alpha Feto protein
test, this would be the one blood test to check
for any cancer of the liver.
If your Dad isn’t having pain, then it may not be
a stone…as the stone causes nausea, vomiting,
and pain when it is in the ducts.
The doctors can do a procedure known as
ERCP. They can go in and shoot dye up into
the bile ducts. They can remove a stone there or
even expand the bile ducts if they are narrowed
by using a balloon catheter.
Here are some links about this procedure:
Jaundice comes from Bilirubin being in the blood.
Bilirubin is made from our dead red blood cells.
The liver takes this bilirubin and converts it into
a soluble form to become part of the bile.
The bile flows from the liver to the gallbladder,
through tube like structures (known as ducts)
to be stored and concentrated. When food
moves into the first part of the intestines
(known as the duodenum) hormones are
released that causes the gallbladder to
contract and release the bile into the common
bile duct to flow to the intestines to help
emulsify the fats we eat so they can be
digested. Anything that blocks the flow
of this bile can cause the bile/bilirubin to
back up into the liver. This causes a
rise in the bilirubin level in the blood and
this yellowing color. Bilirubin is a brownish
yellow-green substance that colors other things
(a pigment). If your Dad is noticing a lighter
color to his stools and that they are starting
to float on top of the toilet water…then this
is a sign that it is the blockage of the bile
ducts. That is because the bilirubin isn’t
reaching the intestines.
When the bilirubin is high in the blood, the
kidneys pick it up and he may notice that
his urine becomes darker in color.
From a darker yellow (after the first void
of the morning) to a deep brown.
They normally do a chest xray if one hasn’t
been done for awhile. They want to check the
heart should surgery be needed.
The wait to find out the results is hard. I think
I would call the doctors office and ask them if
they have received the results of these scans
already. Sometimes things get rushed at these
offices and they either don’t receive the results
right away, or they don’t take time to look at them.
I hope this is of some help. Unless your Dad is
in pain, the doctors may not take this as being an
urgency, depending on what his blood tests have
Father has throat cancer – refuses treatment. Prognosis?
I know it’s tough to really pinpoint this kind of thing. My father, an alcoholic and heavy smoker, has been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s affected his lymph nodes but hasn’t spread any farther. He’s had cirrhosis for 20+ years, and refuses to quit drinking. They suggested both radiation and chemotherapy, but he’s refusing the chemotherapy because they’d have to place a feeding tube, which means no more drinking.
Without sugarcoating things, has anyone had experience with something like this? I’m really not sure if his body could withstand the treatments because of his failing liver as it is. Any thoughts?
Sadly your father has made his choice If he has chosen no treatment then really you cant nothing about it It sounds as though the choice he has made will end his life , and I somehow think he knows it. Sometimes you have to let what will be will be. I lost my mom to cancer and its hard to face but it his decision and only his and you have to let him make it
Mom was dx w colon cancer then found on liver now in a lymph node. All this from stomach pain 1 month ago. ?
Looking for real answers on prognosis. She is in hospital now with pneumonia which i fear is lung ca not dxed yet. I am a nursing student about to get degree in a couple months. I am 800 miles away and scared i may not make it there’.. I have seen the misdiagnosis now on 2 pts that only survived a couple weeks after ca was found in their lungs. Theirs were primary. Can someone please give me ideas of time and will tx only be palliathtf? (sorry.. Palliative)
high AST/ALT, normal ALP,Bilirubin, possible reasons?
I have some questions pertaining to my lab results. I’m slightly hypochondriac, due to things that have happened in the past, and would like to ask for expert opinion. FYI, I’m 31 years old, male.
My lab results are:
AST = 118 (norm 0-40)
ALT = 175 (norm 0-40)
ALP = 87 (norm 25-150)
Bilirubin = 1.0 (norm 0.1 – 1.2)
Doctor’s reaction to the lab results is to repeat the test in 6-12 months. I feel it’s a bit lax, since in addition to benign reasons for the elevated liver enzymes, there could be very serious ones.
My main worries are: heart muscle damage, and liver cancer. I’m scared about the heart problem, because for about two months I’ve had some sporadic chest pains, though not associated with exercise. Before now, I had thought that the chest pains were due to stress and anxiety (work and school related). Getting back to the gym seems to have alleviated the chest pains.
The liver cancer worry is there because slightly more than 2 years ago, I had a squamous carcinoma on my nose. It was removed successfully, and the doctor gave excellent prognosis. Naturally though, I’m a little freaked by these results. Although, I was calmed when I read that the ALT is usually 5 to 10 times the high limit for people with liver carcinomas. In my case, it’s not quite 5 times the high limit (175 = 4.35*40).
Also, about the time of the exam, I was still sore from going to the gym after a long hiatus. In fact, maybe a week before the exam, I had very sore muscles. My arms, shoulders, back, all ached. I’ve heard that it is possible that the enzymes can be high after muscle injury.
Finally, I don’t drink (maybe one or two cans of beer in few months), but I did have hepatitis A when I was maybe 9 or 10 years old.
In your expert opinion(s), what are the possible reasons for my liver panel results? Should I be worried? Should I test for AFP (Alpha-fetoprotein) and DCP (des-gamma-carboxyprothrombin)? Should I get an ultra-sound exam?
Thank you very much for you help.
Your ALP and Bilirubin are within normal range, so you can take them out of the equation.
As a fellow ‘hypochondriac’,
(I drive my family nuts)
I can tell you, the more you dwell on your issues, the more likely you are to draw illness to you. Yes, you had cancer. Yes it was removed successfully. You have not had a relapse.
The chest pains have subsided with exercise. Yes, muscle enzymes that are produced during intense exercise can alter bloodwork. But as I am not an expert, I can’t tell you why.
What I CAN tell you is that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I worked as a veterinary technician for 13 years. My medical knowledge does transfer to humans on a lesser scale. That fact gives me enough knowledge to make my doctors and my family crazy. Every burp or fart and I think I’m dying. It’s making me crazy, too.
I am learning to calm my mind about my body. It is doing just what its supposed to do. I am getting older now, which brings its own set of aches and pains. I have to learn to live with that.
And the fact that no one lives forever. As much as I fear dying, it will happen whether I want to or not. So why worry?
Colon cancer which has mestastasized in the liver…..?
My father started his chemo on Thursday and the District Nurse removed the pump on ?saturday.He will be having this treatment for every 2 weeks for 3 months then he will be reassessed.He has a massive tumour in his bowel which has gone into his liver,both lobes are riddled.He is 77.Any idea of prognosis??? Be frank.
Caretakers in California?
Last November I was diagnosed with liver cancer. I am 53 years old. And this was not due to drinking. The cause is hep-c which I recieved from a blood transfusion in Feb of 1974. Hep C was not discovered until the late 80′s. My prognosis is 2 years to live, give or take a few months.
I know the time will come when I am going to need help with daily or weekly needs. I am curious in regards to caretakers. I have found guidelines online about caretakers that assist the elderly. See I am only 53. I am not elderly. I suppose what I am asking is – How do I gather information? Do I go the the County Department of Human Services? I reside in Sacramento, California.
I do not need assistance yet, and I will only ask for it when I know the timing is right for me. I am looking for online links , or suggestions where to start, and/or whom to contact.
Also even though have one of the worse forms of cancer (no cure at all), I accept my future. When I mentioned the hep-c? When I was a kid I had Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia or A.L.L for short. Well St. Judes had just 3 or 4 months prior came up with the first combo that created a cure. Thats why I stay in a positive mood. I survived with never going out of remission for 37 years almost now. If St. Judes had not found this treatment plan, I was told I would only have 6-12 months to live.
See I figure I got 37 extra years.
Thanks to all for any help at all!!
Your oncologist and/or the social worker at the hospital should be able to assist you with this.
It needs to be adjusted to your situation and needs.
I don’t know if you have family to help or not. When it gets a little more difficult Meal On Wheels can be a great help. Local hospitals also offer and know of local services for several things, sometimes things as simple as daily phone calls to check in with you, prescription delivery, etc. The American Cancer Society is a great resource for anything cancer. They have resources for help getting to appointments to wigs even attorneys to help with insurance issues and wills.
When things become most difficult hospice is there to manage pain control, answer your questions and your families. They are wonderful and help you and your family go through this last stage of life and make the transition as easy as possible. Best wishes.
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.
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.
Dealing with my fathers diagnosis of esophageal cancer? Wanting answers on prognosis, and other feelings.?
Just a few weeks my father was confirmed of having esophageal cancer. (lower portion) It has spread to his surrounding lympth nodes and the belly button lymth node and his doctor said that was not treatable. He is a stage 4 tier unknown because they have not confirmed two spots on his liver..more tests next week.
I am emotionally not a stable person, I have GAD and PTSD. I feel sometimes I am still in denial of all this. I assume this is normal? However, I had a hard time picking out a fathers day card and cried when I read every one. I am close to my parents we talk daily and live 5 minutes away from one another, although Friday night I could only stay for about 30 minutes it was too hard and yesterday could not even go over there, instead I was selfish and hung out with two new friends and had a few drinks. ( Don’t really have friends, due to mental issues until recently) I should have been over there!
My dad has a hard time eating and is suppose to have surgery next week to out in a tube in his chest for his treatment.
The doctor referred to making my father comfortable and it is not treatable, although they are going to use a “strong treatment” on him.
Anyone gone though anything similiar, I would appreciate your honest feedback. (Coping, Supporting, Time Frame) anything, because the not knowing is hurting me, let alone not knowing how much time I have left with him.
Bubbles: I am sorry to hear about your father and wish you two the best of luck as well. It is hard and I feel your pain so much! I read that my father has 6 months two… not sure if that began when they diagnosed it or when the cancer began?
Midnight: Very nice answer. I am on the list to speak to his doctor and have been to each appointment and have taken notes. I just did not want to ask those questions in front of my father. I definitly will take your advice and call. Thank you!
First, taking a break for me time is NOT selfish. Me time is important during times like this. In fact, you should try to make sure you have atleast 30 mins to an hour of me time at least a day, in my opinion.
But, my best advice is for you to join a support group. His doctors will be able to give you references to several local groups. Most people going through this stuff needs some sort of outside help to deal. The support group will give you a safe outlet to vent your feelings.
As far as answers on prognosis, your father (or you if your father allows you to talk to the doctor) need to ask some pointed questions and get some actual explanations. You guys should write out all of your questions, schedule a consultation apt with the docs before treatment starts, and have the docs explain the answers until you can walk away and explain it to someone else. If you want bring a voice recorder, but I recommend at the very least writing down the answers.
What is the prognosis or 5 year survival rate of Stage IV colon cancer?
My mom was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer that has metastasized to her liver this week (I know, Merry Christmas, huh?). In my research, I am finding the survival rate at anywhere between 1-30% depending on the article and source. Is anyone wear of a reputable study with a reliable statistic?
Sorry, I meant “aware,” not “wear.” My head isn’t where it’s supposed to be lately.
They removed some tissue and are starting chemo. She’s always been healthy and strong, rarely got sick. (which is why the diagnosis at this advanced stage was so surprising. She was asymptomatic until about 3 weeks ago). But she did smoke for years, but quit about 4 years ago.
gastric cancer with metastasis to bone only?
Anyone know the incidence of gastric cancer with metastasis only to bone. All other organs are clear (Liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, etc). Other primary cancers are being evaluated but gastric cancer has the worst prognosis so I am looking for some information reagrding these statistics.
what is the long term prognosis for metastatic rectal adenocarcinoma (lung and liver)?
I’d like to thank you all in advance for taking the time to read this Q and just help me understand what i may have to expect. My father was diagnosed with colorectal cancer about three years ago for which he had to have an op and have a colostomy bag. this has subsequently been reversed and I thought everything was back to normal as his health was good. In the last 4 weeks he has presented with the above and has started to undergo a 12 session course of the required chemotherapy (has had his second one only today). I have been told that once the word ‘metastatic’ is used then that indicates its of an aggressive nature and the prognosis is not good and that there is no ‘staging’ for a secondary cancer. is this true? I have yet to converse with his doctors but hope to do so when he next goes in. Given that it is in both his lungs and liver cannot be a good sign for sure but has anyone had similar experiences of relatives/friends surviving this type of secondary cancer? my father is 64 and although not in the greatest of shape he’s certainly not one to sit around all day. He’s never in the house! Please can anyone shed some Layman’s terms on the matter. I have been trawling through the internet but that’s not too healthy all the time! I am quite familiar with all the scientific terminology as i work in the research science industry….Cancer in particular…BUT before you all say why dont i ask someone i work with ……they’re not medically qualified Doctors of Cancer, just the clever bods behind all the Research of Cancer
Thanking you all again for taking the time to read this
Tony Snow-Several Questions concerning his cancer?
Did white house press secretary Tony Snow have all of his colon removed years ago and does he have a colostomy? During an interview yesterday w/ Brian Williams he looked very sick. Has the cancer spread to his liver? What’s his prognosis? My prayers are with him and his family at this time.
If he had his colon removed he probably has a colostomy. He recently found that his cancer had metastasized after being ‘no evidence’ of disease for two years. This is not uncommon for a cancer patient. ‘No evidence of disease’ does not mean it is not still there, it just means that no one can see it and the imaging tools we have cannot pick up microscopic cancer cells. So, the cancer can ‘re-occur’ . . but actually the cancer never left it was just too small to see.
No one knows what the prognosis is for each individual fighting this type of cancer. Even if it has spread to the liver, the secondary source can be removed and prognosis good. Much really depends on the size of the tumors . . if they are small than surgery or a process called radio frequency ablation is a possible means to remove them. Tumors attached to the outside of the liver are easier to treat than ones located inside the liver. My son has had successful surgery to remove tumors on the outside of the liver and caked onto the diaphragm (hundreds about the size of quarters). So, I know it is possible to do. I also know people who have had RFA to ablate their liver tumors which worked well too.
Tony Snow is a brave individual to continue working while under treatment for such a brutal disease. I have great admiration for Snow and Elizabeth Edwards and for anyone living with cancer. And, that’s what it is . . living with cancer. Hopefully he will be able to stablize the disease and stop any tumor progression. If he can find the right combination of medication he can control the disease and live with it much like Elizabeth Edwards will be doing. This does not mean it is cured . . it means the disease is controlled in the same way that diabetes can be controlled but not cured.