Cancer Of The Liver And Pancreas

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In today’s fast moving world, in the race to reach the heights, no one has the time to care for health. People have many questions in their minds regarding their health but no time to go to the doctors and clarify them. With a team of medical professionals, Dr Manoj.K.Ghoda, seniorHepatologist provides you the best related to , and . We offer treatment advice for the health problems like pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis, acute pancreatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, Wilson’s disease, hepatitis/C, cirrhosis of the liver, cyst in the liver, jaundice, gall stones, painless jaundice and weight loss, constipation, tuberculosis of the intestine, diarrhea, motions, nausea, loss of appetite, heart burn etc.

is a malignant neoplasm of the Common symptoms include Pain in the upper abdomen, significant weight loss, Painless jaundice, steatorrhea, elevated blood sugar levels. Treatment of pancreatic cancer depends on the stage of the cancer. The Whipple procedure is the most common for cancers involving the head of the pancreas. It can only be performed if the patient is likely to survive major surgery and if the cancer is localized without invading local structures. Other treatment available is

is a long-standing that alters its normal structure and functions. Patients with chronic pancreatitis usually present with or, severe nausea, diabetes, look very sick, considerable weight loss, pain related to their food intake. Cystic fibrosis is the most common cause of chronic pancreatitis in child. Severe protein-energy malnutrition is a common cause where as heredity is a rare cause for this. The different treatment modalities for management of chronic pancreatitis are medical measure and surgery. The other treatment can probably be. Traditional Surgery for Chronic Pancreatitis can also be one of the alternatives.

Wilson’s disease: Wilson’s disease is an inherited disorder in which there is too much copper in the body’s tissues. The excess copper damages the liver and nervous system. Wilson’s disease is a rare inherited disorder. It causes the body to take in and keep too much copper. The deposits of copper cause tissue damage, death of the tissues, and scarring, which causes the affected organs to stop working correctly. Wilson’s disease typically appears in people under 40 years old. In children, the symptoms begin to show by age 4. The goal of treatment is to reduce the amount of copper in the tissues. This is done by a procedure called which can bind to copper and help remove it through the kidneys or gut. The following medications may be used supplements may also be used. Foods to avoid include: chocolate, dried fruit, mushrooms, nuts, shellfish. Amay be considered in cases where the liver is severely damaged by the disease.
is an infectious disease affecting the liver, caused by the The hepatitis C virus is spread by blood-to-blood contact. Symptoms of hepatitis C include decreased appetite, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, itching, and flu-like symptoms. Generalized signs, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, joint pains, itching, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, nausea, and depression. The main causes for Hepatitis C are injection drug use, blood transfusion, latrogenic medical or dental exposure, sexual exposure, body piercings and tattoos, shared personal care items. Current treatment is a combination of the antiviral drugs for a period of 24 or 48 weeks, depending on hepatitis C virus genotype.

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 General symptoms include liver size can be enlarged, normal, or shrunken increase in size of the spleen, yellow discoloring of the skin, eye, and mucus membranes, urine may also appear dark, weakness, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss. Cirrhosis caused by alcohol abuse is treated by abstaining from alcohol. Treatment for hepatitis-related cirrhosis involves medications used to treat the different types of hepatitis, such as interferon for viral hepatitis and corticosteroids for autoimmune hepatitis. Cirrhosis caused by Wilson’s disease, in which copper builds up in organs, is treated with (e.g., penicillamine) to remove the copper.

crystalline bodies formed within the body by accretion or concretion of normal or abnormal bile components. Gallstones can occur anywhere within the biliary tree, including the gallbladder and the common bile duct. is the presence of or bile ducts. A patient may experience intense pain in the upper abdominal region, pain in the back, ordinarily between the shoulder blades, or pain under the right shoulder. In some cases, the pain develops in the lower region of the abdomen, nearer to the pelvis, but this is less common. (gallbladder removal) has a 99% chance of eliminating the recurrence of cholelithiasis.It can be can be temporarily reduced by drinking several glasses of water when experiencing gallstone pain.

Symptoms of this disease include fever, nausea, flatulence (“gas”), food intolerance, abdominal cramps in lower right abdomen, abdomen distends after eating, weight loss. Anti-Tuberculosis medications are available in four drug combinations that include Isoniazid, Rifampin, Ethambutol, and Pyrazinamide for 6 to 9 months.

is a sensation of unease and discomfort in the upper stomach with an urge to vomit. The most common cause is gastroenteritis (a stomach infection) or food poisoning but nausea also frequently occurs as a medication side effect and in pregnancy. Acupuncture is thought to be effective for the prevention of post operative nausea and vomiting.[11] The spices ginger and peppermint have been used for centuries as traditional remedies for nausea especially during pregnancy.

Diarrhea: Diarrhea is the condition of having three or more loose or liquid bowel movements per day. The loss of fluids through diarrhea can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. The most common causes of diarrhea are cholera toxin that stimulates the secretion of anions, especially chloride ions, too much magnesium or vitamin C or undigested lactose can produce diarrhea and distention of the bowel, complication of menstruation, bacterial infections, viral infections, parasitic infections, or autoimmune problems such as inflammatory bowel diseases. Anti motility agents like loperamide are effective at reducing the duration of diarrhea, bismuth compounds (Pepto-Bismol) decrease the number of bowel movements These agents should only be used if bloody diarrhea is not present. Codeine Phosphate is used which helps in giving more time for water to reabsorb back into the body, which gives a firmer stool, and also means that feces is passed less frequently.

abnormality of the body’s immune system and is often related to the production of antibodies that can be detected by blood tests. The most common symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis are fatigue, abdominal discomfort, aching joints, itching, jaundice, enlarged liver, and tumors on the skin. A medical therapy has been shown to decrease symptoms which usually begin with prednisone 30 to 40 mg per day and then this dosage is reduced after a response is achieved.

is a ust behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw. is the most common cause of heartburn. The treatment of heartburn depends on the underlying cause. Antacids such as H2 receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors are effective for gastritis and GERD, the two most common causes of heartburn.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the chance of surviving a pancreas cancer after it started to spread to liver?
    my dad is 80 years old and in a very good physical condition ,he recently diagnose with pancreas cancer which spread to the liver he will start today a chemotherapy as the dr, wish to shrink the size of the tumor ( 32mm),I like to know what is his chances and if anyone know a new medicine to cure him?

    • ANSWER:
      Once Ca Pancreas is inoperable, Median survival is 6 months.
      If he responds very well to chemotherapy, it might be more. best Wishes

  3. QUESTION:
    What can I feed my miniature Schnauzer who has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver, pancreas and won’t eat
    We have tried chicken, rice, canned dog food, yogurt, ensure, crackers, baked potato, Cheerios. She will eat something new but when she vomits, she will not go back to that food again. She has lost so much weight that every bone sticks out. She drinks alot of water and is still quite alert and active, although not like before. She vomits 2-4 times a day, mostly just yellow bile. I don’t think she is ready to be put down yet. But I want to be able to give her some nourishment.

    • ANSWER:
      I would try baby food, the early baby food that does not have to be chewed; it may be easier on her stomach and digestion should be easier also.

  4. QUESTION:
    what are the physical symptoms of cancer of the liver, pancreas, and bladder? and emotional symptoms ?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver – Pain in the right subcostal area or top of the right shoulder, fatigue, anorexia, vague abdominal pain, weight loss and fever.

      Pancreas – Abdominal pain, anorexia, weight loss, early satiety, sleep problems, jaundice, fatigue, weakness, nausea and vomiting.

      Bladder – Hematuria, bladder irritability, hesitancy, frequency, pelvic and flank pain.

      Emotional – These three diseases have very different probable outcomes which clearly affects a person’s mental state and because emotions are not a physical finding the symptoms will not be the same in every person.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone had ideas of the outcome of chemo to remove pancreas cancer when there is only little cancer left?
    I have had whipples surgery which removed all but 2% of the cancer and are now having chemo to remove the rest. I am lucky enough to have been treated before the cancer reached the liver or lymp knobes. Does anyone have any idea of the outcome of this. I am hoping there are some good news stories I have heard a lot about people not having long to live but all so far have had cancer more advanced then i have had.

    • ANSWER:
      Chemo works differently on each person – your oncologist will monitor your progress to know if it is working for you. That it hasn’t spread is a good sign. The estimate is that cancer doubles in size every 6 months – at one cell that is not a problem – but as time passes it becomes a threat. The chemo is meant to kill the remaining cells and thus end the growth. Good luck.

  6. 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

  7. QUESTION:
    pancreas cancer with metastasis to the liver…?
    a relative of mine has that, and lately he’s been suffering from strange illusions/dreams… he thinks he holds somethings, or talks to someone who’s not there, and when he becomes more alert, he realizes nothing’s there… is it because of the disease or the meds for the cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Confusion for either brief or prolong times can usually be from liver involvement, not usually pancreas. When the liver does not function correctly, often toxins remain in the body that are normally removed by the liver. He also is probably on medications, esp. for pain, and these also will cause confusion & sedation.If he has loss of appetite there is also poor nutrition too & this adds to the cancer picture. Often these symptoms progress as the disease spreads & patients commonly start to talk to people who have previously passed away and they will “see them” sitting by their bed. While some people think this is from the medication, I’ve seen it too often to doubt it is real to the patients, who have become calmer after this experience. I mention this just so in case it happens you know it is normal.As far as medications go please make sure he gets enough pain medication to stay comfortable, despite any confusion it may cause.Better they sleep & get a little confused than that they are agitated & in pain. Good luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of living with pancreas cancer?
    I just found out that my uncle has pancreas cancer and it had spread to his liver. They have not determined what “stage” he is in, as this news is very recent. What are the chances that he will overcome this disease and live? Right now I’m hoping for a miracle and praying real hard

    • ANSWER:
      Data from the ACS (American Cancer Society) indicates perhaps 1% chance of five year survival with stage IV pancreatic cancer.
      If the pancreatic cancer has truly spread to the liver, it is stage IV.
      Here’s the site http://www.cancer.org/docroot/cri/content/cri_2_4_3x_how_is_pancreatic_cancer_staged_34.asp
      5-year relative survival for pancreatic cancer
      Stage IA 37%
      Stage IB 21%
      Stage IIA 12%
      Stage IIB 6%
      Stage III 2%
      Stage IV 1%

      Overall, about 20% of people with pancreatic cancer live at least 1 year after diagnosis, while less than 4% will be alive after 5 years.

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    My mum has pancreas cancer and 3-4 tumours in her liver i want 2 know is it of benefit to put a stent into her
    My mum has pancreas cancer and is now very jaundiced and the doctors were thinking about putting in a stent to help with the jaundice.she is very poor and we are not sure if she will cope with the procedure and even the outcome of having it in .her liver has 3-4 large tumour nodules and we are scared that putting the stent in may do something else we are nursing mum at home as we dont want her to need for anything

    • ANSWER:
      That is your decision to make based on what the doctors recommend, what your mother would want you to do (or not do), and what you think is right. You and your family know your mother and her wishes better than any doctor. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most vicious and fast acting cancers that I have ever seen. I have not heard of anyone surviving it. I could be wrong , however. If she has tumors also in her liver, that means it has spread..

      .If she and the rest of the family just want her to be comfortable, then you can call in help from hospice (if she has a terminal diagnosis) and they will make sure she has plenty of medicines to keep her comfortable. They do not turn anyone down for lack of insurance or money. If you have insurance, that will help defray their costs, but not required.They can provide hospital beds, caregivers (nurse aides,nurses, social workers and ministers).

  11. QUESTION:
    I have a close relative diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas (and liver) due to growths found…?
    …when she went to the emergency room the other day due to passing out temporarily. They say the images show a 5.4 x 3.3 cm. “mass” (and two smaller two “low attenuation legions” in the liver).

    I’ve talked to doctors but I’m still confused. Does a growth or mass mean it’s necessarily cancerous. Can it be a non cancerous growth? I guess I want to know what makes a growth harmful or cancerous versus non-cancerous or are all growths cancerous? I’m pretty confused I know.

    Is there a use for the CA-19 test at this point? She doesn’t want surgery and the doctors don’t want to do non-surgical things like radiation or chemotherapy. Would anything but surgery work?

    Maybe there’s another place more appropriate for this question?

    • ANSWER:
      A growth or mass does not in itself mean it is cancer. People often have these in their bodies and never know it and they never hurt them. What is important is how they look. Cancer has distinct characteristics and is determined by the radiologist. Low attenuation means weakened areas. These types of lesions in the liver are consistent with metastatic disease.

      CA-19-9 is often used to help diagnose and help determine response to treatment in patients with pancreatic cancer, but it is not specific to this disease. It would be a standard test to be run in this situation.

      With most cancers removing the tumor is the first plan of action. Leaving a single cancer cell behind will allow the cancer to spread, so you can see leaving an entire tumor in the body is not a good idea. However, only 5-20% of pancreatic cancer patients have resectable disease. This is not a simple surgery and I would only want a surgeon very experienced in the procedure doing one on me.

      It sounds like all of this just happened and I know sometimes it is difficult to absorb it all at once. However, it sounds like you haven’t realized the severity of your relative’s illness yet. Pancreatic cancer has a very poor prognosis. Less than 20% respond to chemo and using radiation with these patients does increase the survival time, but you should know even if your relative is among this 20% her disease is not curable. I’m very sorry.

      It’s okay to tell her doctor’s you don’t understand them and ask they speak to you in plain English. Sometimes they need reminders and some doctors are better at it than others. It’s important that you both understand them. Oncologists are usually better at this than most, as they are used to spending a lot of time explaining things to family members. I wish I could give you better news and I hope I did not appear harsh, I don’t mean to be. I know how hard this is for you. Best wishes to you both.

  12. QUESTION:
    Am I going to have liver cancer in a decade like that guy on here said?
    Some guy on here told me I’m gonna have liver cancer in a decade because I drink a lot. I posted I was drinking a bottle of wine or cocktail at 750 ml’s or 1 liter every friday, saturday and sunday and the guy said at this pace I will have very severe problems later on in life possibly liver cancer. He told me alcohol should be taken in very small amounts because it’s a poison to the body and too much can kill you by shutting down your vital organs such as your liver, kidneys, pancreas etc,. and told me a couple (2-3) glasses of wine on the weekend should be ok but I shouldn’t have any more then that because it will affect my health and cause me big problems later in life. He said I had better to stop drinking 3 bottles every weekend instead have 2-3 glasses max in a weekend of wine or anything else that I drink but not anymore then that if I want to live long in this world. He said if I don’t change how much I currently drink immediatly I will not live very long maybe 35-40 years max he said I had better drink way less if I want to live past that. He said a couple of drinks on the weekend are plenty however I do not agree with him 2-3 drinks on the weekend is nothing and I prefer to drink my three bottles no matter what he said about liver cancer in 10 years, the guy is dumb alcohol in excess doesn’t cause liver cancer. It can cause cirrhosis of the liver but thats when someone drinks a ton for years and years on end and cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer are two different things so therefore the guy don’t know what he is talking about. But he really made me upset by telling me I’m gonna have liver cancer when I’m 34 and gosh I am extremely mad what should I do??? Should I yell and scream and break things???

    • ANSWER:
      I am 45 and have been drinking since the age of nine…its tasted good sneaking it during my parents party’s.
      I started serious regular drinking at 12, and by the age of 16 I was full bore!!!
      The amount you drink is NOTHING compared to me.
      I love the taste of it, and it makes me happy.
      You are fine!!!!
      dont listen to that.
      your liver will let you know if its upset with how you treat it.
      at least thats how i feel about it!

  13. 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.

  14. 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).

  15. QUESTION:
    Cancer in pancreas now spread to stomach and liver..?
    My grandmother is 76 years old. She has pancreatic cancer and it has spread pretty far, too her stomach and liver.
    She got treated for it just to subside the pain a little bit she got radiation and chemo therapy. The pain has gotten a lot worse.

    They say she only has a couple days left now…

    How long would you say she has? Thanks so much.. I saw my mom cry today for the first time today.. I feel so bad.. Please helppp me.

    My grandmother lives in NYC and we live in Vermont. We want to visit her but we want to know how long she will actually be around…. She is surrounded by people who love her and care about her right now..and we want to be one of people..

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    My mum has been told she has shadows on her liver & pancreas. Does this have to mean cancer?
    She was admitted to hospital almost 2 weeks ago suffering from sever pain in her right side. She had her gall bladder removed 24yrs ago so we know it’s not gall stones. The Doctor’s were a bit puzzled so they did an MRI Scan and it showed what appeared to be stones in her bile duct and also some shadows on her pancreas and liver. They are going to put a camera down to deal with the stones and take biopsy’s while there.

    They haven’t given us any indication what they think these shadows could be and have only told Mum that she is a ‘bit of a puzzle’. Naturally we are a bit worried and I was wondering what it could be other than cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      If it was cancer it would not appear like a shadow.
      You need to either read the reports and/or ask the doctor what they think they are.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is radiation or chemotherapy necessary after multiple organ cancer surgery?
    A close relative of mine recently had surgery for what was (apparently) secondary liver cancer, and during the surgery they removed his gallbladder, spleen, half of his liver and a third of his pancreas. The doctors said they think they got all of the cancer out of him, but doesn’t he also need radiation or some other kind of treatment to prevent it from coming back, since it had already spread to other organs? How likely is it he’s been cured just by surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      Radiation and chemo would be a cautionary measure to make sure that cells that escaped get killed, as it cannot be detected if it is only a few cells. The aim of radiation and chemo is to kill sick cells without killing the “host”, hoping that the person is strong enough to survive the treatment. Surgery could only remove large enough tumors to be detectable, and as it is secondary already, there is a chance that the bad guys are all around.

  18. QUESTION:
    pancreas, liver, colon, kidney, prostate and gallbladder cancer?
    My uncle was diagnosed with pancreas, liver, colon, kidney, prostate and gallbladder cancer. what are his chances the doctor said 90% of his liver is infected and we dont really understand if hes basically a terminally infected or not.
    we just found out it this thursday but it seems my half the family is in denial about his chances of dying. I only found out saterday that he had so much cancer, but from what I know he it doesent sound like hes gonna pull through since the doctor said he wanted us to try to make him as comfortable as possible.

    • ANSWER:
      NO ONE has 6 cancers at once.
      Anyone who has 90% of their liver involved with cancer is not curable.

  19. QUESTION:
    final stages of pancreas cancer and the signs?
    my grand father has been diagnosed with pancreas cancer and been told he has less than a week, i was just wondering what the final stages are and what the signs of the last few days are like. at the moment he is in hospital and the toxin that was in his liver has travelled to his brain and he doesn’t recognise us. how long will it be before he passes?

    • ANSWER:
      There are physical signs when the patient is ‘actively dying’ . . this is far different than what people call ‘terminal’ . . ‘actively dying’ refers to the actual physical shutting down of the body that leads to death. It may come as a surprise to you but just like everything else . . each individual experiences actively dying and death differently. There is no right or wrong way . . and dying just like birth can be hard work as the body struggles to stay alive. Much of what you will see from a dying patient however is more stressful for the living who watch this than for the patient. Your grandfather will probably be quite calm as he has accepted what all mortals will one day face . . so all that needs to be done is to keep him comfortable, be available to see him, tell him it is okay to go, and help ease the passage.

      You can find out more information about this final stage of life at the NCI, which explains the physical signs of approaching death . . there is no ‘timeframe’ . . some patients can take weeks and others hours . . there is no way to know before hand which path your grandfather will go
      :
      End of Life Issues

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/support/end-of-life-care

      “Signs that death is imminent (active dying): Not all of these occur – everyone is different

      * Cool arms and legs. While the hands, arms, feet and legs will feel cool to the touch, your loved one’s trunk will feel warm.

      * Bluish coloration. Fingers, earlobes, lips and nail beds may turn blue.

      * Purple coloration on the legs. Also called mottling, this blotchy coloring is one of the clearest signs that death is approaching.

      * No longer eating or drinking. Your loved one may not feel like eating, or he or she may no longer be able to swallow.

      * Congested breathing. Noisy breathing is sometimes called the “death rattle.” As secretions from the lungs build up, your loved one may no longer be able to cough up these secretions. Eventually the secretions will dry up because your loved one’s body may become dehydrated after he or she stops eating and drinking. Medications can control congestion if your loved one feels uncomfortable.

      * Irregular breathing. Breathing patterns may change in depth and rate. Your loved one may also stop breathing for several seconds at a time. Keep in mind that your loved one generally isn’t aware of these changes.

      * Discolored urine. If your loved one stops taking in liquids, there will be less urine and it will be darker in color.

      * Incontinence. As muscles that control bowel movements and urination relax, your loved one may experience incontinence.

      * Blurred vision. His or her eyes may appear glassy and unfocused.

      * Limited ability to communicate. Your loved one may lose the ability to speak. He or she most likely can still hear you.

      * Confusion and agitation. This can be subtle or pronounced, involving jerking motions, hallucinations or delirium.”

  20. QUESTION:
    Have you had peddlers trying to sell you a product called Himalayan Goji juice,claiming it as a magic cure-all
    They try to sell it for – per liter,depending on the country, claiming it “cures cancer,heart,liver,kidney,pancreas and hundreds of other medical problems. When one reads the label on the bottle, it is 99% apple & pear juice & about 1% goji berry extract. Should these quacks be stopped by International authorities? I say they give false hope to very sick people, who could otherwise be cured.

    • ANSWER:
      Most of them show up here and claim those same things, and try to steer the gullible suckers to their websites to buy this crap. There is so much quackery being promoted in Yahoo Answers, it’s really hard to believe!

  21. QUESTION:
    A question about breast cancer as pertaining to the liver?
    My diabetic mother in law has metastatic mammary carcinoma. It was in 8 of 10 of the lymph nodes removed. When discovered, it had already traveled to the pelvic bone, the spine, and along the outer chest wall on her left side. It had also traveled to the liver and pancreas. She has been through 3 different rounds of chemo and has tolerated it well. In November, she found a knot where the original site was. A petscan revealed that it was cancerous and it was back along the chest wall and had grown in the liver and traveled to the lungs. The doctor started her on a new chemo(thrid kind) and she her body totally rejected it. On Christmas Day we took her to the hospital and her Albumin was very low, her White blood count was down to 1900 and she had a severe bladder infection and the lower left lobe of her lung was collapsed and her blood sugar was over 500 and they found ulcers in her stomach and upper intestine(I think this was because of the oral cancer drug) which was negative for cancer cells. The doctor gave her amino acids and admitted her where we stayed for a week. her lung function got better, but she seemed very disoriented. Now it’s the end of January and after a petscan the doctor says it is spreading in the liver and lung and that there are now pockets of cancer around the liver. she then started her fourth kind of chemo something they call the red devil. She took one dose and her blood suger went to 586, and her lbilirubin started to rise, while her white blood count stayed above 13,000. At the last bloodwork, her bilirubin was at 13, it has climbed from 6 to 13 from Monday to Thursday. I need to know if a liver can possibly re-start itself after this much damage. The chemo shrunk the tumors, but without the liver functioning we know there is no hope. How high can the bilirubin go before it is fatal?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver has an amazing capacity to heal “IF” the disease process affecting liver dysfunction can be stopped. The bilirubin level alone is not the best predictor of outcome.

      There is no chemotherapy agent known as the “red devil” – unless someone has used that term to describe a red liquid chemotherapy agent named Adriamycin which has been used for breast and other cancers since the 1970′s. Adriamycin is usually one of the first drugs used for metastatic breast cancer.

      What you have described is a very far advanced stage of breast cancer which is not considered curable with any therapy yet known.
      If your description is accurate, the long term outlook is not good no matter how or where she is treated. Severe diabetes does not help the situation at all.

      I wonder what oral cancer drug is being blamed for the ulcerations in the stomach and upper intestine – Xeloda (capecitabine)?

      These are questions that the oncologist – who knows all the details of the case – should be explaining for the patient and the family members whom she designates to know her medical condition – which I feel sure would include her son. The best way to know what is going on is to be with her as much as possible when her doctors visit her and explain the situation in her special case. We are at a disadvantage trying to answer at this distance with such limited information

  22. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever been to cancer treatment centers of america? if so how was your experience?
    My mother was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma a few weeks ago, she has an 11.6 centimeter mass on her left kidney. She was hospitalized last weekend because they gave her morphine for pain, it dropped her blood pressure extemely low. That is when we found out the cancer had spread to other organs (liver,pancreas, lymph nodes and stomach) the doctors said she would only make it a few weeks to a month. That is when I looked into this cancer center, her insurance has been approved and they want to schedule her flight asap. I just want to know if anyone out there has had good results with ctca? I have a friend who goes with her mother who had breast cancer metasis to her liver and bone who goes to ctca and she said they were great. Are they as wonderful as my friends mom says?
    My mom is also doing better now, she’s home from the hospital and she’s not as weeks and she’s eating . My mom says she’s ready to fight this.

    • ANSWER:
      GO THERE. they are no doubt the best. my mother goes to the one in zion IL, (chicago). the only problem is they dont do ortho (bones and stuff) or neuro (brain) ad thats what shes got now. the cancer spread from lung cancer, it has metastized 5 times already. if we could go back to ctca we would, but they cant treat what she has. CTCA is the best place, when you go there it is full of hope and it doesnt even seem like a hospital! transport service is amazing! they transport you in a Limo!!! i hope the best for your mom, i’ll pray for her.

  23. QUESTION:
    Fat on the outside of pancreas and liver. How dangerous is this?
    My grandmother just went to the doctor. Her report said there is fat on the outside of pancreas and liver. Does this mean that she has diabetes? How about cancer?

    Her doctor said that she has to be under constant monitoring.

    • ANSWER:
      Underwater boy – “Fat on the outside of the pancreas and liver” is a weird expression that physicians do NOT use. Read the report yourself from a copy. In people who drink too much alcohol or in people with very poor nutrition, there may be advanced fatty changes IN the liver cells. This is possible of returning to normal with good treatment. Alcoholics and people with a history of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) may have spotty loss of pancreas tissue which may be replaced by fat in which there may be deposits of calcium which often show up on X-ray studies. Maybe one of these possibilities really exists, especially if “fat” was diagnosed from X-ray studies of the pancreas or a tissue biopsy of the liver. Any fat outside the liver or pancreas does NOT harm either organ.

  24. QUESTION:
    my dad has pancreas cancer?
    Guys my dad was diagnosed last year in mid august during summer with stage 4 pancreas cancer. he couldn’t do suurery because it was attached to a blood vein. Well so far he has survived up to today, but during the last 2 weeks, his stomach has been swollen, bloated, and just really big. This week, his legs were swollen and he complained of pain while walking. I asked him if he feels any pain besides the normal pain he woudl expect from the pancreas cancer, and he said no. I’m hoping that his cancer didn’t spread to the liver, but i have a bad feeling because from my research, i read that liver problems cause leg swelling. He told me that his cancer count in the blood was the same and has not gone down or gone up. His weight is the same and there are no abnormalities such as not eating. Could you guys give your insight into this? he has lived for 1.5 years and the normal diagnosis is 3-6 months living time. thanks
    he is getting a CT scan this saturday; and also people with experience with cancer patients. how can you tell if someone’s cancer has spread? are there any symptoms like rapid weight loss? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You better consult his oncologist ASP,rapid intra abdominal spread is possibility..

  25. QUESTION:
    What kind of cancer tumors are present in the liver, lymph, spinal and not in the lungs or blood?
    My Mother in law approx 70 yrs old has tumors pressing on her stomach and pancreas, she has spots on the spine, liver, and her lymph system is involved too. Dr’s cant figure out why its not in her blood stream or lungs, any idea?

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.cancer-info.we.bs/

      Here is a site with some good information on Cancer. It will definitely help you. Have a look.

  26. QUESTION:
    Question about cancer and tumors?
    My cousin in his 30′s has malignant tumors in his kidney, pancreas, and 2 in his brain. I’m not sure which tissue the cancerous cells came from first. Now I know pancreatic cancer has a very high mortality rate, but is that only if the cells are from the pancreas. Is it not as bad if its like liver cancer but metastasized to the pancreas and brain? Also one of the tumors in his brain cant be removed, so there going to try and radiate it out. Will that make it go away? Just trying to understand this…
    My mom just called and told me its stage 4 and incurable. They will still operate though. I just really want him to be ok, he has a 2 year old son who will have no parents if he dies. I don’t think I’ll ever stop crying, this just really sucks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I’m sorry to hear about your cousin. Yes, it does make a difference where the cells originated. But once cancer has spread to the pancreas, even if it didn’t start there, then that’s a pretty bad sign. If we say for the sake of argument that it started in his kidneys, then in theory if it spread to the pancreas, it could be a superficial tumor on the surface that could be removed. But if it started in the pancreas, then it’s probably a tumor that has invaded more of the tissue of the pancreas and can’t be removed. But in reality, if it has spread from somewhere else to the pancreas, it’s still not likely that it can be easily removed or easily killed by chemo or radiation.

      Using radiation on his brain may make the brain tumors go away, or it may just shrink them a lot and then once the radiation is stopped, they’ll start growing again. Or it may have no effect. That’s the tricky thing about cancer–you don’t know how much the tumor is going to respond to the treatment. They are limited in the intensity of the treatment they give, because in a broad sense, chemo and radiation kill fast-dividing cells. This means they kill cancer cells, but it also means they kill healthy cells. The dosage has to stay low enough that not all the healthy cells are killed.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to survive having this much cancer?
    i had, a brain tumor, Glioblastomas, think i spelled that right, along with cancer in my kidneys, liver, spinal cord, lungs, pancreas and was making its way to the base of my neck… I would of thought with this much cancer the person would be dead.
    It’s not actually me that has all this cancer…it’s someone else but I think they’re lying.

    • ANSWER:
      First it is you and then it is not.
      Whoever it is they are lying.

  28. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    Do you know what chem trails are? (This is very serious)?
    Maybe this is not the right section to ask this question but it is a very dangerous subject which the government are well aware of if not behind it.
    THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS SUBJECT THAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA BLACKS OUT. Research it yourself on Google or you tube and write to your MP’s demanding answers.
    You are being poisoned every week of the year form the air in the form of chem trails.
    You only have to look up and see the chem trails cris crossing the sky’s forming toxic clouds.
    These chem trails are from planes that are not on the official flight paths and the trail behind the planes are not normal con trails.

    It is a scientific fact the con trails evaporate after 1 – 2 minutes but these con (chemical) trails linger all day and spread out forming clouds. Toxic metals then fall out of these clouds on to our heads. Organic food grown outside cannot be sold as organic anymore.

    These chemtails are being sprayed in every country of the world. A scientist took a sample of rain water after 15mm was dropped from chemtrails skies. The scientist took his sample to two laboratories, one an independent lab and the other a government funded laboratory. Both had the same results which consisted of heavy toxic metals. Heavy metals in the rain water should be around 1 to 3parts per million. The result proved that there was 28.9 ppm.

    These are NOT normal contrails where the jet fuel evaporates in one or two minutes behind the jet, these chemtrails (chemical trails) linger for hours and form toxic clouds.
    Heavy metal poisoning in the human body include the following causes:
    Chronic fatigue, splitting headaches, upset stomach, and central nervous system is effected causing spells of dizziness, insomnia poor concentration abilities, lack of muscular coordination, tiredness, neurological ailments, Alzheimer’s, damage to immune system and irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, convulsions, weakening of the muscles, and cancer.

    The metals found in these tests were:
    ACCUMULATED ALUMINUIM
    Its contents were recorded at 780 times over the safe recommended levels. This metal causes a wide range of neurological ailments and Alzheimer’s.
    ARSNEC
    Its contents were recorded at 593 times over the safe recommended levels. This metal causes headaches, confusion, sleepiness, convulsions, arsenic poisoning, vomiting, diarhoea, kidney and skin cancers, scrotal cancer, liver cancer, cancer of the lymphatic system, lung cancer, blood in the urine, severe mussel cramps, hair loss, stomach pain, coma and death.
    MANGANESE
    Its contents were recorded at 4,000 times over the safe recommended levels. This metal can poison the human body if there is prolonged exposure.
    BARIUM
    Its contents were recorded at 300 times over the safe recommended levels. This metal causes anxiety, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, weakening of the muscles, chronic fatigue, watery eyes, dry throat; prolonged exposure can cause paralysis and death.
    ZINC
    Its contents were recorded at 8,000 times over the safe recommended levels. Too much of this metal ingested begins to become a poison to the liver and pancreas and causes a wide range of neurological ailments. When Zinc reaches more than the recommended amount (15mg/day) it leads to hypocupremia or depletion of copper which has serious consequences for health.
    IRON
    Its contents were recorded at 2,000 times over the safe recommended levels. This metal is deadly and it is a major factor causing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, chronic infections, hypothyroidism, and hyperactive behaviour.
    BORON
    Which ends up in our drinking water and is over 4,000 times over the safe recommended levels? It causes acute toxicity in animals, depression, ataxia, convulsions, kidney degeneration and death. It also causes testicular and ovarian atrophy (The male reproductive organs diminish in size and may be accompanied by loss of function). Boric acid tested on mice, rats and dogs in the laboratory caused testicular lesions. Research chemtrails.
    William the government do want us to pay taxex but they want to carry out depopulation so there are less people using up services. The government officials are breathing this too but they are more interested in getting mega buck backhanders to keep quiet, anyway most government officials don’t believe it because only the high level people know about this military opperation.

    • ANSWER:
      You crazy.

  30. QUESTION:
    Why do we LABEL people with diabetes: DIABETICS?
    No other lifestyle or medical condition such as blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, syndrome X and then illness such as cancer, liver disease etc labels a person such as we do with diabetes. We are people with our own identity and personality with a pancreas or insensitivity to insulin problem. Type 1 is in any case like HRT, the body only lacks the ability to produce insulin and therefor requires the replacement of this specific hormone.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with your basic premise.
      I never use the word “Diabetic “.
      I say ” a person with diabetes ” .

      I am so much more than my illness.I don’t like those labels.

  31. QUESTION:
    I occasionally feed my ferrets ferretone, what are the chances that they have cancer and how can i prevent it?
    I have come to understand that this product can cause cancer in ferrets and liver damage, my first ferret died of a tumour in the pancreas, i used to feed her this, although it could easily have been anything else. I now have five altogether, and usually give them some when they are scared or need clipping. What are the chances that they have cancer from this product, how could i stop it early on?

    i will not be using this product again,

    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      As long as you don’t give them unbelievable amounts, the chances it will make them sick is slim. I give mine a few licks of Ferretone occasionally.

      I suggest you either get Totally Ferret’s Vivify oil, which is Emu oil, salmon oil, or olive oil. All three are a LOT better for them than Ferretone, and my two personally like olive oil a LOT more than they’ve ever liked Ferretone. To get them to like the oil, mix it in a little bottle in a 50/50 mix, although sometimes they take to straight oil right away.

  32. QUESTION:
    wondering why any doctor would subject anyone to chemo?
    Chemotherapy Quotes
    “Two to 4% of cancers respond to chemotherapy….The bottom line is for a few kinds of cancer chemo is a life extending procedure—Hodgkin’s disease, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Testicular cancer, and Choriocarcinoma.”—Ralph Moss, Ph.D. 1995 Author of Questioning Chemotherapy.

    “NCI now actually anticipates further increases, and not decreases, in cancer mortality rates, from 171/100,000 in 1984 to 175/100,000 by the year 2000!”–Samuel Epstein.

    “A study of over 10,000 patients shows clearly that chemo’s supposedly strong track record with Hodgkin’s disease (lymphoma) is actually a lie. Patients who underwent chemo were 14 times more likely to develop leukemia and 6 times more likely to develop cancers of the bones, joints, and soft tissues than those patients who did not undergo chemotherapy (NCI Journal 87:10).”—John Diamond

    Children who are successfully treated for Hodgkin’s disease are 18 times more likely later to develop secondary malignant tumours. Girls face a 35 per cent chance of developing breast cancer by the time they are 40—which is 75 times greater than the average. The risk of leukemia increased markedly four years after the ending of successful treatment, and reached a plateau after 14 years, but the risk of developing solid tumours remained high and approached 30 per cent at 30 years (New Eng J Med, March 21, 1996)

    “Success of most chemotherapy is appalling…There is no scientific evidence for its ability to extend in any appreciable way the lives of patients suffering from the most common organic cancer…chemotherapy for malignancies too advanced for surgery which accounts for 80% of all cancers is a scientific wasteland.”—Dr Ulrich Abel. 1990

    The New England Journal of Medicine Reports— War on Cancer Is a Failure: Despite billion spent on research and treatments since 1970, cancer remains “undefeated,” with a death rate not lower but 6% higher in 1997 than 1970, stated John C. Bailar III, M.D., Ph.D., and Heather L. Gornik, M.H.S., both of the Department of Health Studies at the University of Chicago in Illinois. “The war against cancer is far from over,” stated Dr. Bailar. “The effect of new treatments for cancer on mortality has been largely disappointing.”

    “My studies have proved conclusively that untreated cancer victims live up to four times longer than treated individuals. If one has cancer and opts to do nothing at all, he will live longer and feel better than if he undergoes radiation, chemotherapy or surgery, other than when used in immediate life-threatening situations.”—Prof Jones. (1956 Transactions of the N.Y. Academy of Medical Sciences, vol 6. There is a fifty page article by Hardin Jones of National Cancer Institute of Bethesda, Maryland. He surveyed global cancer of all types and compared the untreated and the treated, to conclude that the untreated outlives the treated, both in terms of quality and in terms of quantity. Secondly he said, “Cancer does not cure”. Third he said “There is a physiological mechanism which finishes off an individual”.)

    “With some cancers, notably liver, lung, pancreas, bone and advanced breast, our 5 year survival from traditional therapy alone is virtually the same as it was 30 years ago.”—P Quillin, Ph.D.

    “1.7% increase in terms of success rate a year, its nothing. By the time we get to the 24 century we might have effective treatments, Star Trek will be long gone by that time.” Ralph Moss.

    “….chemotherapy’s success record is dismal. It can achieve remissions in about 7% of all human cancers; for an additional 15% of cases, survival can be “prolonged” beyond the point at which death would be expected without treatment. This type of survival is not the same as a cure or even restored quality of life.”—John Diamond, M.D.

    “Keep in mind that the 5 year mark is still used as the official guideline for “cure” by mainstream oncologists. Statistically, the 5 year cure makes chemotherapy look good for certain kinds of cancer, but when you follow cancer patients beyond 5 years, the reality often shifts in a dramatic way.”—Diamond.

    Studies show that women taking tamoxifen after surviving breast cancer then have a high propensity to develop endometrial cancer. The NCI and Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, which makes the drug, aggressively lobbied State of California regulators to keep them from adding tamoxifen to their list of carcinogens. Zeneca is one of the sponsors of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    “Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy…Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade. Yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumours…Women with breast cancer are likely to die faster with chemo than without it.”—Alan Levin, M.D.

    According to the Cancer Statistics for 1995, published by the ACS in their small journal (2), the 5-year survival rate has improved from 50%-56% for whites and 39%-40% for bl
    Gary, did you bother to read? if I’m not mistaken the NEJ of medicine was quoted as well as several md’s which if I’m not mistaken stands for medical doctors, also some with PHD’s. what more do you need?I don’t recall mentioning anything about alt med.
    I watched my mother, my aunt, her husband , a friend die from this treatment, and now my cousin is dying from this junk science, don’t even bother to defend it. it’s monstrous, but you are welcome to believe it if you want, I don’t and I’ll take my chances, as you’ll take your’s. good luck

    • ANSWER:
      “Quotes” ?

      Yep, quote mining is a poor and frequently invalid form of taking a quote out of context and pretending it is a fact on its own.

      Don’t forget: Increases in cancer are due to people living longer so they are more likely to die of cancer (we all have to die of something!). Dying at 85 from cancer, rather than at 35 from scurvy is known as “medical progress”.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does heavy drinking damage your pancreas and liver forever even if you quit for years?
    After Reading about alcohols damaging effects im scared that it may effect me because i drank very heavily for 4 years. From what i read booze effect your liver ability to convert inactive vitamin d in to its active form causing osteoporosis and inevitably acidic blood and cancer. It also damages your pancreas ability to digest food by altering the cells that produce enzymes that digest food. Besides cirrhosis which may or may not happen this happens to alcoholics all the time but what about people who drank a ton in college or earlier that that?
    Im not an ALCHOLIC in fact haven’t had adrink in 2 years but still i feel some of my health problems are permanent and are from the BOOZE .

    • ANSWER:
      I am an alcoholic but have not had a drink since before you were born.
      When I quit, my liver enzymes were dangerously high. Within three or four years, they were back to normal, but my liver is still a little bit large.
      It took a little over eight years before my deep tendon reflexes came back.

      I was sick for many months at first, and it was my own fault.
      I gave up the booze for coffee. When I cut the coffee back to two or three cups a day, I felt better right away. Then I switched to mineral water, which kept me bloated with gas all of the time. I still drink a lot of Gatorade or ginger ale, which keep me hydrated and content with no ill effects.

      I also take multi-vitamins with minerals, exercise almost every day,
      and try to eat a fairly normal diet.

      Hope this helps.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is something wrong with my gall bladder or pancreas?
    I’m an 18 year old female. I’m not over weight. (5’10 and 120 pounds). I don’t have an eating disorder. Both of my parents are very tall and thin like me. It’s genetic. I don’t have high blood pressure or diabetes. I’m pretty healthy but I’m having upper right abdominal pain. Also I have pain in my ribs on my right side, my right shoulder, my right flank, in between my shoulder blades and back pain. Mostly my upper back. I had an MRI on my back but they didn’t find anything. I’ve had it for months. Since October. I went to the E.R because the rib pain was bothering me so much. They just gave me ibprofen. If I press on my flank and abdomen it hurts really bad. I’m also very nauseous. Every time I eat after a few hours the pain spikes. My flank and shoulder with just start aching. I always have the rib pain and the abdomen but it flares up every time I eat. It barely eat now because it hurts so much. I usually drink Ensure in the morning and take a multi vitamin. And thats the only thing I eat everyday. I used to weigh 140 and still looked thin but I’ve lost so much weight. I would eat more if it didn’t hurt so bad. I also take Vyvanse for Adhd so I’m usually not very hungry at lunch. I do get hunry at dinner but when I get ready for sleep the pain spikes. Even the Ensure gives me pain but not as nearly as bad as normal food. I don’t have IBS. Or anything like that. My stomach doesn’t hurt. Not at all. Only my side hurts. I live with my mom but I don’t talk to her so she doesn’t take me to the doctor. My parents are divorced and I don’t talk to my father. I don’t have a car. My boyfriend takes me to the e.r if need it but he doesn’t have a car often. He can only get the car if his mom isn’t working and she works often. His dad died from liver cancer so his mom has the only car in the house. I don’t have any close friends I basically have no one to take me to the doctor. Can anyone help me? It hurts really bad.
    I don’t eat fatty foods. Honestly. I don’t like junk food.. And I rarely eat red meat.
    And I don’t have PID. Or any std’s. I had a pap smear like last week and was normal. Also I’ve been with my bf for two and a half years. I do have poly cystic ovary syndrome. Luckily I don’t have acne and the other conditions it causes. Like oily skin and weight gain.

    • ANSWER:
      Pain in the upper right quadrant (located to the front)
      of the abdomen, under the rib cage can either be a
      liver problem or a biliary problem. This pain can
      go up into the shoulder area.
      If there is damage to the liver cells, the immune
      system of the body will respond to this damage and
      cause inflammation inside the liver, which causes
      the liver to enlarge in size. This enlargement will
      cause discomfort and sometimes pain.
      If there is a problem with the bile, the liver makes,
      flowing through the tube like structures (known
      as ducts) from the liver to the gallbladder or
      from the gallbladder to the intestines…then this
      will also cause pain. It could be a gallstone moving
      from the gallbladder into the ducts, a growth in the
      ducts, or the ducts have become malformed.
      Anything that blocks the flow of the bile in the
      ducts where the bile backs up into the liver, can cause
      pain. Since you said that it is worse when eatting fats,
      this does sound like gallbladder trouble. The bile
      is the substance that emulsifies the fats so they can
      be digested. If your stools are getting lighter in color or
      your stools float on top of the water..this is a sign that
      this is the problem.

      You stated that the pain is in your flank area. If this
      is in your back area on the right side of your spine,
      about even with the lower part of the rib cage, it
      could be a problem with your kidney there. It may
      be a kidney infection or a kidney stone. But this
      pain usually goes from the area I mentioned to
      the front right side going down toward the bladder.

      If the pain is located in the center of the abdomen and
      goes to the back between the shoulder blade, like
      you mentioned..it may be pancreatitis.

      Pain is often referred pain. That means the patient has
      pain in one area, but the real problem is in another.
      You should see a gastroenterologist now.
      He can do simple blood tests to see whether this is
      a kidney, liver, or biliary problem. Once he sees where
      the problem may be, he will do an ultrasound or Ct scan
      to confirm it. If this is gallstones, he can see these on
      the ultrasound. I hope you will get help soon. This
      isn’t something to let go, especially since the pain
      doesn’t seem to be going away.

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    My mum died of cancer, i’m only 17 and i feel soo alone and scared.?
    My mum died wednesday nite of cancer that was in her liver, pancreas and brainstem. I’m scared i’m goin to die of an early death, infact i fear death. It was so sudden my mum went into hospital 3 week ago with a terrible headache and she was so confused, they did her a brain scan and they found otu she had a bleedin the brain, they operated and it was a success. After the op she did’t come round as gud as they had liked her to do so they looked into it further and gave her a body scan where they found the shadows so they gave her a biopsy and the day her results came back she died that nite peacefull. At the moment i feel like i’m the only young girl who has lost her special mummy who i lukd up to so much, i miss her like mad she was my best friend and idol i feel like there is no hope left for me at all.. just want my mum back.. can any 1 please help me? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Oh sweetheart, i am so sorry to hear the sad news about your mum. i was 16 when my dad died and i remember how painful it was, i thought i would never get through it. With time the pain eases but you will always miss her. She will always be with you in spirit watching down on you so p[lease do not be afraid to talk to her whenever you want to. My mam also died when i was 22 years old and the worst was losing my 6 year old son to meningitis. I have suffered enough deaths in my life to be able to say what i have just said to you. You will be fine, do not be afraid of death, they move on to a better place and just because your mam has died it does not mean you will die young, you could live a long life. You should go for bereavement counselling. You do noy have to feel alone. You can talk to me anytime you want, just email me.

  37. QUESTION:
    whats the most dangerous type of cancer?
    breast? lung? liver? pancreas? etc..i know they’re all serious, but in some u have more years to survive and in some u can beat it and stop it from spreading..but what’s the most dangerous type of cancer ?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually the worst survival rate is gallbladder cancer, followed by pancreatic cancer.

      For sheer number of cases, lung cancer would be the most deadly, but far more survivable than the two I mentioned above.

  38. QUESTION:
    what can only 7-8 years of hard drinking do to your health compared to a lifetime?
    I am looking for some semi-professional responses (meaning if you’re not an MD that’s obviously fine but perhaps people who’ve done a bit of studying or have some informed guesses by way of personal experience?)

    … on this question. I hear plenty about cirrhosis and liver cancers, from drinking, but typically they are referenced in the context of people well after their mid-life season. Usually, 50, 60 years +, including 20 – 30 yrs of hard drinking.

    Is there a substantial risk of seeing serious health problems much earlier in life from about 6-8 yrs of consistent and heavy drinking? Or not really? (I know there are a plethora of emotional, mental and more minor daily physical disruptions of course, but I’m aiming for whether or not there’s any real risk of developing a non-working liver, pancreas, stomach, whatever.

    • ANSWER:
      You can do permanent damage to both the liver and pancreas with just a few years of heavy drinking. It may be fairly mild damage, and not symptomatic under normal circumstances, but if the body becomes stressed by some other illness, the liver and pancreas may not be able to keep up and then the damage will become apparent.

  39. QUESTION:
    Anyone had or knows about a Biopsy? Why would they take a swab from the liver?
    My fathers got advanced cancer in the pancreas, the doctors told my mum he would have to be on steriods for 14 days, ready for cemo which is ok.

    So today I took him in for the biopsy, but everything they told my mum was completely different. They are taking a bit of his liver? she asked why and they acted all secret the whole thing we dont understand.

    Can some one tell me about one pleasE?

    • ANSWER:
      With pancreatic cancer, the liver is usually the first organ it metastasizes to. They may have found a spot on a scan and want to take a biopsy to determine if it is malignant or not.

      As for the secrecy…… you and your mom stand up and demand to know what is going on!!!!
      These doctors are not infallible gods. Question them. If they will not speak with you, demand to see one of their superiors or another doctor.
      You are his family and BY LAW have a right to know what is going on, what the test is for, and what the results of the test are.

  40. QUESTION:
    Did Hospice Kill My Dad with Morphine?
    My father died June 10th of this year and questions are swirling around in my head.

    He was 93, 4 days from his 94th birthday,and diagnosed with cancer of the liver, pancreas, and kidney. Despite this diagnosis he was doing well. I had changed his diet, and he was in good spirits. On June 7th I hurried home because the nurse said he had serious pain and had given him about 5 ml of oral morphine. The pain was gone, she instructed my to give him morphine ever 2-3 hours. My dad again complained about some pain in the belly area, and I did as instructed and gave him another 5ml.

    His pain returned before the 2 hour mark and I was told by hospice to give him more and “not watch the clock”. My dad took 5 ml ever 2 hours or so, and 10ml at one point.

    I was also told that these doses were very small. On Friday morning after a few hours of heavy breathing my beloved father passed away.

    I can’t help but think hospice and their advise to feed my dad more and more morphine contributed and hastened his death. Yes he was 93, yes he was sick, but he was strong and well just DAYS prior.

    Please tell me I was not tricked into overdosing my dad with morphine. I have heard horror stories about hospice, I have heard of their liberal use of morphine, heard and I never felt quite right about them.

    He took no more morphine after about 11pm the night before.
    My dad was diagnosed in late March when we noticed he had some heavy breathing when walking. Otherwise he was quite well, in less than 2 months he spiraled down, really in just 3 days he went from well to unresponsive, and then he died.

    • ANSWER:
      It is quite common for someone with advanced cancer to become very ill in a short period of time just like your dad did. My 56 year old brother was hunting in Nov. and had no idea anything was wrong when he suddenly started experiencing terrible back pain. By Feb., he was dead from lung cancer that had spread just about everywhere. He had no idea he had cancer in Nov. and was actually diagnosed 2 weeks before xmas. He died within 6 weeks of being diagnosed. He went from being a normal active person to being bedfast in 2 weeks wracked with horrible pain.

      Your father needed the morphine to be comfortable. Hospice is a wonderful organization that really does understand the process of dying to put it bluntly. They are there for comfort measures until the end comes. I will honestly say it was a blessing when my brother did die in that short time because he was truly suffering. I would not have wanted more time for him in that condition. Pain medicine was the one thing that did keep him comfortable, so we along with hospice gave him all he needed. They don’t overdose, but they do give enough to take the pain away which means they often sleep or are in a semi conscious state since that is the side effect of morphine. They just sleep or go into a coma until it’s over. I would not want them writhing in pain just so I can talk to them some more. The morphine did not kill your dad. Cancer did. The morphine did exactly what it was supposed to do which was make him pain free as possible.

      The reason hospice is liberal with morphine is because people often hurt at the end. There is hardly any disease around in which you go pain free into death. When the body breaks down, there is usually pain involved. I worked in nursing homes for many years as a nurse and giving morphine to terminally ill patients was quite common and normal. You do not want the patient to have to ask for more pain meds or get to the point of having intense pain between shots. You want them to be comfortable and pain free all the time. You don’t want them to have up and down episodes of horrible pain. This is why you keep giving the morphine on time. Hospice only follows the orders of a doctor that controls the amount of morphine allowed to be given. The doctors are well aware of how much to give. If they go into a coma with no response, then you know the end is very near.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of cervical cancer? I understand it sometimes has no symptoms. But does it ever?
    Is it painful? The doc says I have cysts on my uterus and ovaries as well as my liver and pancreas and in my breasts. I’m getting an endoscopic ultrasound soon but wanted to know from others’ experience.

    • ANSWER:
      the most important thing to do when you are at risk for cervical cancer is to get your regular annual pap smears….EVERY YEAR! This documents abnormal changes in your cervical cells. Your doc could also do some blood tests that actually test for cancer. Good luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    Are there any agencies that will pay to heal my cat if I cannot afford it?
    My cat is very Ill and I cannot afford to get all the tests she needs or find out what is definitely wrong with her. I spent 0 on her just getting blood work and only found out that everything was elevated. My vet said it could be cancer, the liver, or the pancreas. I was told by a friend that there are agencies that will take your pet and pay for the health care but you have to give up the animal. If I knew she might be cured or healed and would live in another loving home I would like to do this. I live in Georgia. Does anyone know of anything like this or have any other ideas for me? I have been crying all day because I think I may have to put her to sleep tomorrow. She will not eat, drink, use the litter box, or move to far. I found her laying in her own urine this morning and it broke my heart. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry about your cat. I just lost my 21 year old cat, so I can sympathize with your pain. You are obviously a very loving pet owner if you would give up your pet so she has a chance to get better!
      Talk to your vet and ask him/her to be level with you about just how sick your cat is and the chances of her getting better with treatment. Treatment might not be an option if your cat is very sick.
      My cat’s kidneys were failing and at the end, he just got too weak to walk. The vet told me that even treating him by rehydrating him could be fatal for him. It was a very horrible day, but I couldn’t watch him suffer.
      I don’t know what the prognosis is for liver/pancreatic cancer in cats, but your vet would. No matter what happens, your cat will know how much she is loved by you.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is There ANY More Hope for my Mom?
    My mom has pancreatic and liver cancer and the doctors say there is no more treatment left. We have some of the best doctors in the country, and they say there is nothing. She does not qualify for any clinical trials, no radiation theraphy, no more chemo, and no surgery. The cancer started in the pancreas and it is now in very late stages. Ever since she stopped getting treatment (about a month ago) she is getting more and more ill very rapidly. Even the pain meds don’t work anymore. Like a week ago, she felt ok, she knew what was going on, etc. But now she looks horrible and is sitting in a chair all day moaning in pain and saying “Oh God, i’m dying..”. She can’t walk or anything and can barley talk. Right now she is in the hospital. They say she only has anywhere from a few days to a month left. But isn’t there ANYTHING else that could mabey help? Is there ANY more hope? Is it possible that some new treatment will come out or something before she dies? PLEASE if you know ANYTHING please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sad and sorry for your pain. No one should have to go through what you & your poor mom are.

      I lost both my parents to cancer within the past 6 years. My mom had Leukemia and died in 5 weeks of being diagnosed. I never got to say goodbye b/c she went into a coma before we even knew what hit us. But it was painless -for her which was a blessing. I was just 30 when she died.

      My beautiful dad died from Colon Cancer 5 years later, that spread to his lungs and brain within 2 years. It was a long 2 years but he wasnt in much pain from it thankfully. I got to say goodbye, but I also had to watch him wither to nothing, and suffer emotionally.

      There was nothing anyone could do to save them, if there was we would have done it. Sometimes you just have to wrap your mind around the facts and accept the unthinkable. Death is a normal occurance, it will happen to all of us at sometime. Even me & you. Some know when & how & some dont. I know its scary, because it is the unknown, and no one knows where we go… until we get there. And unfortunately we cant come back to tell our loved ones we are ok.

      There are so many books on this very subject and I suggest you read some for comfort. Read the Bible, speak to a priest or your clergy. Or seek a therapist. The American Cancer Society can offer you free counseling and find a good one in your area.

      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp

      http://www.cancercare.org/

      Here are a few websites, also celebrity/actor Patrick Swayze has this disease. Try googling his name and see what you can learn as far as what he is doing (considering he has the money and best medical care) maybe it can offer some help, or even help you to accept the final outcom if its not good.

      http://www.pancan.org

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/pancreatic/patient

      Tell her EVERYTHING you need to say now. And regardless of how she looks right now, take zillions of pictures with everyone & her, and video. You wont regret doing this! After my dad died, we realized there were no photos to display at his funeral of him and my husband, or him with my youngest child.

      May God Bless you & your mom…always.

  44. QUESTION:
    Help with diet/eating for someone with Pancreatic Cancer?
    My Dad was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer a few weeks ago and is having a really hard time eating which I know is normal, but I wondered if anyone can give some advice on what types of foods to eat or avoid and if there are any enzymes or other supplements that will help him with digestion. His cancer seems to be only in the pancreas, an adrenal gland and there are spots which we assume to be cancer on his liver, but not much. The initial doctor was amazed it wasn’t in the stomach or lungs. We have appointments this week for further diagnosis and treatment but other than drinking the Ensure liquid he’s having a tough time. I’m hoping to help him with trying to maintain the weight he is at currently which is low but I hate to see him loose more if there is some help available. Thanks for any help you can give.

    • ANSWER:
      If your father is having chemotherapy then this may well affect his appetite and taste. He may want small amounts and these should be as often as possible. Let him try lots of different things. If he is able then plenty of fruit, vegetables and protein would be good and fruit drinks.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for cancer patients to act like this…?
    My father has cancer of the pancreas which has spread to the liver and lymph nodes. He was given 6 weeks to live. We brought him home to be surrounded by friends and family. The first 2 days went smoothly but last night he became frustrated and demanding. He woke up at 3am telling us that he was getting up to make coffee. (but he can’t walk without help). So..we made the coffee for him. Also he is not wanting to stay in the hospital bed. He is demanding to sit in the recliner. He is also demanding that he wears his normal everyday clothes. This would be ok if he was able to care for himself but it is much more difficult to care for him in a recliner and wearing normal clothes. So..what I am asking is…is this normal behavior of a cancer patient? It is really hard on the family too…not to mention heart breaking :(
    We are giving my father anything…and everything he wants because we want his last days to be the way he wants to live. I love my father dearly and it is breaking my heart to watch him suffer like this. He can’t stand up on his own ..or sit up without something supporting his back. It takes 2 people to help him to the bathroom. There has been a few times when he has almost fallen. My question was only…”is this normal for a cancer patient to be acting like this?” I have never experienced this with anyone before. I sleep on the sofa everynight beside his hospital bed. I am there if he wakes up. My mother and I take turns caring for him so the other one can sleep. My father can’t do these things alone and I am a petite woman. It is difficult for me to move his body from the bed..to the recliner.
    Let me add …I live in Italy and there is no “Hospice” here. My father is a religious man and he is not scared of dying. He is only scared of leaving us behind. This is really difficult on him, and the family. I am only searching for some advice and maybe a way to help get through this tragedy in the best way for everyone involved. I need to be strong physically and emotionally to help care for him.

    • ANSWER:
      Please take a few moments and read these articles. You may derive some sense of it all. God is the only one that knows what you and your family are going thru. I pray for strength for everyone in the family.
      I recently went thru the death of both my mother and father from strokes. I don’t know or presume to know how you feel with your loss, but I kept my sanity thru faith and a strong family ( wife and son). I was the only child and in that position had to make some decisions that still bother me today. Just try to be strong.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why would the consultants want to do, a CT scan on his stomach and Ultrasound on his liver?
    He has been ill for a while, losing weight, severe vomiting at times, nausea, tiredness, his last blood test came back that his liver was not functioning properly, so they want a ultra sound and his FCB was boarder line, he had a Gastroscopy where it showed a Oesophagus:Hitatus:sliding os length 2cm at(1). Stomach: Gastritis:flat erosive at (2).Gastritis:moderate flat erovise with no bleeding at (3).
    Duodenum. Duodentitis:moderate with no bleeding associated with patchy erythema and erosionsn, and 5 biopsys taken. He has to go back for a CT scan for his stomach.
    Why would they want to do this, they must have seen something quite serious to want a Ct scan, does anyone have an idea what could be causing all this, do they think its cancer, firsat they said they thought it was pancreas cancer, now its changed, they have my head all over. Any knowledge of this would be appreicated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Lets start with the liver. Patients who have a liver problem
      usually are extremely tired. They can develop flu like
      symptoms. If the liver cells become damaged, the
      immune system of the body responds to this and
      causes inflammation to develop in the liver. This can
      cause the liver to enlarge in size. Sometimes the
      doctor can feel this enlargement by placing their
      hand in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen…
      just under the rib cage and pressing. If they suspect
      that there is inflammation, because of the results
      of his blood work showing a rise in the liver enzymes
      and the liver function tests and, they have taken a
      viral testing to see if a virus has entered into the
      body that may use his liver cells to replicate itself…
      Depending on these results…they will order an
      ultrasound to look at the liver to see if it is enlarged,
      if there are any abnormal growths and if the blood
      is flowing well through the liver. If the cause of
      the inflammation can be stopped and the inflammation
      is treated…then the liver cells may heal.

      It may not be a liver problem…it could be a biliary problem that is located under the liver in the bile ducts. The liver
      produces bile that flows through ducts to the gallbladder
      and intestines. If these ducts become blocked or mal
      formed..then the bile could be backing up into the liver
      and causing these blood test to rise, also. An ultrasound
      would also show if there are stones in the ducts or
      the ducts are twisted in nature.

      Gastritis is infection or inflammation of the stomach.
      Whenever you see a word with “itis” in it…it means
      infection or inflammation. They may want to view
      more than just the stomach, they may want to view
      the entire abdominal area, since there is a problem
      with the liver, intestines and the stomach together.

      The stomach leads to the first part of the intestines,
      known as the duodenum. The bile ducts come
      down from the liver to the intestines in this area, also.
      The bile comes from the liver to the intestines to
      help in the digestion of fats we eat.
      According to what you posted. The liver may have
      inflammation. The duodenum and the stomach do
      have it. The biopsies they took will show if there
      is any changes to the cells of the stomach area…that
      may mean dysplasia…or cell pattern changes that
      could lead to cancer.

      If this is a definite liver problem, he should be
      seen by a hepatologist who specializes in the liver.

  47. QUESTION:
    can you tell me what kind of cancer she had?
    My grandmother passed away yesterday morning.. Here is what happened..
    Monday– she went to the doctor and he ran tests and sent her home
    Tuesday– my mom took her into the ER.. they admitted her around 3 and said she had pneumonia and a tumor on her lungs.. Around 9 at night they told us she had cancer and it was in he stomach liver pancreas and lungs. That’s all they told us.
    Wednesday– they told us it was spreading really fast around 2. later they gave us 2 days to 2 weeks.. they said it was already too late and it was in her brain and blood stream..
    Thursday.. Somewhere between 1230 a.m. and 5 a.m. she left this world..

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me what it could have been. The doctors aren’t running any tests to see and i’m scared my family could inherit it.. I don’t think i could go through this again..

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like she died of a Lung tumor, which had metastasized (spread out) to her other organs. It depends on where the primary tumor started. It could also have started in the liver, but it’s hard to say. Obviously, it had been going on for quite some time without her knowing about it. Cancer spreads very fast, so unless the primary tumor is caught very early, it will grow and spread, eventually throughout the whole body. What happened in the ER was: They did a chest x ray and saw the lung tumor, then did a lot of other tests to eventually find out that it was basically everywhere.

      Yes, it may run in your family, or it could have been caused by smoking or some other outside influence. Get regular check ups and don’t do anything unhealthy.

      I’m so sorry about your grandma.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why is marijuana not legal?
    Alcohol effects: Damage to vital organs; including liver, heart and pancreas, Linked to several medical conditions; including gastro intestinal problems, malnutrition, high blood pressure, and lower resistance to disease. Also linked to several types of cancer; including esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas and colon, Alcohol can be additive in nature when taken with antipsychotic medications, antihistamines, solvents or motion sickness preparations. Excessive drinking can lead to death.

    We all know, smoking tobacco, causes lung cancer and kills you. + it’s addictive

    Marijuana, is herbal, makes you calm (so it doesnt cause aggression like alcohol, and therefore cause fights), it is NOT physically addictive (like drugs), and it is beneficial in treating: Glaucoma, epilepsy, migraine and bipolar disorder. The American Marijuana Policy Project states that cannabis is an ideal therapeutic drug for cancer and AIDS patients, who often suffer from clinical depression.
    + no one has EVER died from Marijuana (except if they sliped in the bathtub maybe :P)

    So why such hypocrisy around it? Alcohol and tobacco are proven to be far worse, they can kill you.
    Aaron H, I prefer to lose some brain cells (even though it is not proven) that to have a painful death by liver or lung cancer!
    soxy dont be so ignorant and mindwashed!

    Cannabis was found to be neuroprotective against excitotoxicity and is therefore beneficial for the prevention of progressive degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.

    Now, would doctors recomend it if it helped with Alzheimer’s??????

    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marijuana
    soxy,

    as you said i am following a textbook and studied which ARE facts! you talk from your own experience, whereas I am citing doctors and experts on the subject proving my point with scientific and academic evidence.

    Now which is more credible? textbooks or your experience?
    I am probably guessing you had bad experiences..
    And also if you have friends who enjoy having drug coctails, dont blame the weed!

    I have many friends who smoke weed and not a single one of them has “moved on” to a harder drug!

    Marijuana DOES NOT “push” people to use other drugs! You are stating your false ideas that your relatives and society have passed on to you! it’s dangerous!

    • ANSWER:
      I apologize guys but you have to KNOW in order to answer these questions! We should not be mirror images of our parents (and even grandparents). We should find out on our own about things that concern us. I have a degree in psychology and have specialized quite enough in marijuana addiction and abuse. Please guys try to read material from a greater variety otherwise you only succeed to perpetuate ideas and statements that are absolutely false. I have studied many researches that see weed as adequately safe in most cases. Of course there is a small percentage of individuals that are vulnerable to schizophrenia and may experience psychotic episodes after the use of a joint. DONT forget that we are talking about 1% of people that have the disorder in their genes. I will soon attach a paper here full with FACTS and accuracies in order to enlighten peoples minds. People that listen and imitate others without having a sound opinion are just DANGEROUS!!! People, lets grow up!

  49. QUESTION:
    I need help on how to cope with stress from my family?
    My parents used to fight alot when i was younger and they divorced when I was 7. We had moved into a appartment and everything was going well untill my mom started seeing someone who she had gone to school with, He was in his 30s and had lived with his mom all his life and had never been married or had kids so everything was new to him i guess you could say. Well my mom used to work alot and we would be with a baby sitter all day and when she came home her main focus was her new bf she had. My brother and I would be told to go to bed and he would come over and hog all the attention and one night it got to much for me to handle and i called my grandparents and they came and got me and all my mom did was wave good bye. I really wanted to live with my dad but he said he would come for me later.. but he never did. I lived with my grandparents for 6 years until we had a family dispute with my aunt and I somehow ended back up with my mom. Her and him were married by now and my brother lived with them. I never liked him from the start and when I moved in with them it was living hell. While my mom was at work he would have a temper and often try to hit me or be abusive word wise. Id call my mom up at work and she would say well i cant leave work just go outside and outside I would go. It was winter at the time and it was below zero out and here I was trying to escape from the place i was supposed to call home. When my mom would come home she would snuggle up to him and totally forget about my brother and I. One day i threatened to call the cops on him for hitting me and then he kicked me out of his house. My mom never said anything.. as a matter of fact she took me to my grandparents herself. I had lived there for 3 months with who I was suposed to call my mom and ended up with a broken heart all over again. I lived with my grandparents for another 3 years and loved it there. I was homeschooled because I used to get made fun of alot in school and I had horses and loved the comfort they gave me. My grandmother got diagnosed with cancer of the liver and pancreas and ended up dying in feb. of 2006. My grandfather was unable to give me waht i really needed in life and so once again I ended back with my mom. Well her and him were going thru a divorce because they were unable to live with each other.. so she threw me up to my other grandparents house until she found another place to stay and I lived there for quite some time.Well my brother, mom and I live in an appartment now and shes seeing the man she married off and on. sometimes they date and sometimes they dont and their off and on. I ask my mom things and she lies to me about them. She divorced him to get away from him not date him again.. and now hes taking the time up all over again. Im 18 now and my moms been off and on with him over 9 times since we moved here and recently he broke up with her because he was jelous that us kids might spend a little time with her and broke it off. Well my mom said that her kids come first and that she would never go back to him ever again.. well shes back with him again.. and the stress has really gotten to me. Hes the most arrigant man ive ever met in my life and actaully has the nerve to call my brother and I problem children. Im just so sick of it and its getting to the point now where I just want to kill him and I really cant deal with the stress. Ive cryed and told my mom how I felt and even told him how i feel and neither of them care.. Ive vented, breathed and walked into the other room with no luck. Can anyone help me out.. i seriously cant live like this anymore. Ive been thinking about going to a counselor and have been to one before but they always tell me the same things and it never works. Can anyone help

    • ANSWER:
      You sound like an intelligent, beautiful child. Do NOT give up hope. You have coped remarkably well under difficult cirumstances. Remember this: up until now you have been living around other people’s lives. You are now 18 and about to embark on your OWN life. It is just starting, believe me. Once you get a job and move out things will be SO different. Take comfort in that. You just need to get yourself stable – follow your dreams. If you feel you can study while living with your Mom do so. If not then try for a scholarship so you can move out or save up a little by taking on some work. Then start your own life away from all your Mom’s problems. Don’t cut her out of your life, moving away will be enough.

      If there is something stopping you from moving on like this in the near future, do not give up. Keep focused on the fact that you have your own future to occupy you and it will all be yours very soon. Stay focused on that. Lie low if you have to. It is your life – do what YOU want. Take heart, be hopeful.

      Good luck – you will make your own good luck – but I wish you the best.

  50. QUESTION:
    how long does my dad have to live?
    2 weeks ago my dad was admitted to hospital with stomach pains,and was told he had cancer of the pancreas,bowl,liver, they said he,d live another approx 2 months,he,s been admitted again and is on morphine how much longer will my dad live

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry for all that you are going through at the moment. Unfortunately the most anyone can give you – Doctor’s included – is a best guess as to how long someone may live. Focus on being there for him and treasuring whatever time you may have left together. No-one can accurately put a figure on the timing – it is out of our hands.