Liver Cancer Life Expectancy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

    what is the life expectancy of liver cancer in the 4th stage?
    my dad was diagnosed with Liver Cancer back on 14 Feb. he has had 2 chemoembolizations and now the cancer has spread… what is the life expectancy of Liver Cancer in the 4th stage?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone is different and depends on age and current health – my dad was 76 when he had bowel cancer which had just spread to his liver & kidney – he died 6 weeks later? I hope your dad is a lot better than mine was but to be honest once it has gone to the liver it will be a short time because if the liver is faulty it affects other organs of the body. To be certain talk to his doctor, we were told at the time 6 month to 1 year?

    I want to know what is the life expectancy of liver cancer?
    My aunt was diagnosed with liver cancer and I would like to know the seriousness of it. I also would like to know what is the life expectancy of liver cancer patients. Please help….I am really worried about her.

    • ANSWER:
      On the seriousness scale, it is very serious. You are not giving any information to determine the survival rate. At best the 5-year survival rate is about 85%, but only about 10% fall into this category. At worst, survival is 3-6 months.

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

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

    sister with final stages what is life expectancy Liver cancer 6 liters fluid removed unable to eat dehydrated?
    had 6liters fluid removed dehydration unable to keep food down what is the life expectancy in a case like this

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    life expectancy with liver cancer?
    in 2005 i had my pancreas taken ,now i have been informed that the cancer has spread to my liver i have been recommened to have chemotherapy,to prolong my my quailty of life what is life the life expectancy

    • ANSWER:
      If the cancer has spread to your liver you do not have liver cancer. So, what kind of cancer do you have? Pancreatic? Bile duct? Chemo may prolong your life by weeks to months. This is a question you should ask your oncologist. They have all the necessary information and that is what they are there for.

    what is the life expectancy of liver cancer?
    45 yrs old with melanoma cancer

    • ANSWER:
      what people here are describing is hepatocellular carcinoma…which is a primary cancer of the liver. In your question you said that the patient in question has melanoma which is in most cases a skin cancer. If the patient has melanoma with liver involvement (that would be called metastasis), unfortunately that is considered incurable.

      The five year survival rate is around 10%. However there is palliative treatment which helps make the last months of life more confortable and bearable to the patient. There have been people who lives years with metastatic melanoma with appropriate aggressive treatment. That said, this depends on the case in question and the type of metastasis. With liver involvement this type of aggressive treatment is not usually undertaken.

      Try to spend as much time as you can with this person. God bless and i wish you all the courage you can muster.

    Life expectancy for primary lung, secondary liver cancer?
    My grandma has been diagnosed with primary lung and secondary liver cancer. It has also spread to her bones.

    What is the life expectancy for this kind of cancer? Please dont just have a guess. I want answers from people who actually know!
    the doctor has said that the cancer is very advanced…

    • ANSWER:
      The progress of your grandmother’s disease, her response to treatment, and general health all factor into her prognosis. Every case is unique. No one can accurately predict the lifespan of an individual patient, not even their oncologist.

      Based on your description, your grandmother has stage 4 lung cancer with multiple metastasis. It is likely that she will receive chemotherapy to slow the cancer’s overall growth plus radiation targeted at the bone lesions. Further surgery is generally not viable in her circumstances.

      Among all patients with your grandmother’s status, the long term prognosis is unfavorable. Their 5 year survival rate is in the low single digits. However, in very rare cases patients have experienced long term remission.

      Best wishes to your family. Here are some websites with accurate and useful information: the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute.

    what is the normal life expectancy with liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      here’s the best answer yet — a lady who has posted on the below forum has been through 14 years with Stage IV breast cancer and she’s doing just fine:

      “16 Jan 2007 07:21 PM
      Come January 15, I will be a fourteen year survivor of metastatic breast cancer. I can’t believe that even as I write it. I was first diagnosed in 1988, at 32. When the cancer came back, to the bone, five years later it came on so hard, I was given a year or two to live. I had a really rough time the first two years. Hormone treatments weren’t working and then, weirdly, things turned around and they were. I had a stem cell transplant in 1995. Since then, I’ve been on hormones and xeloda. In the time I’ve had stage four cancer, I’ve fallen in love. I wrote a book, am about to publish a second one, lived for a year in India and learned to speak Hindi, lost both parents, gained so many good friends. learned so much. I guess what I’m saying is that, even with Stage 4, I’ve had a full life.

      I wanted to come on here and tell people all this. There really wasn’t any reason to hope fourteen years ago–the cancer was breaking bones, was uncontrollable. Then, suddenly, there was. You just can’t give up hope. You can’t know what is going to happen. You can’t go on statistics, In your darkest times, try and remember that cancer is mysterious and that that can work in your favor. It can get mysteriously get better.

      Wishing everyone here health, love, peace, and hope. Much love, Kathy”

    husband just diagnosed with colon cancer metastatic to liver what is life expectancy with treatment?
    has had surgery to remove the colon cancer
    His colon cancer is Stage IV , he hasn’t had any chemo treatments yet, we are to see his the cancer dr. soon. Yes, we are right with God, very active with our church family. I just wanted to know what others may can tell me that have been thru this before. Know nothing about chemo. He has a large mass in right lobe of liver and several smaller ones in the left lobe.

    • ANSWER:

      Please visit this forum; it has many wonderful people on it currently fighting and in remission from colon cancer or colon-rectal cancer. There are Stage IV survivors and fighters that post as well and they are all a very informative group of people.

    my mother in law has stomach, liver, and lung cancer, what is life expectancy?
    She is on morphine for the pain (is getting no treatment since it’s terminal) she as turned yellow, eats extremly little, hardly no stools or urine, it usually take her almost an hour to have a little stool, very weak, sine she is yellow of skin and eyes what does this exactly mean?

    • ANSWER:
      If this is a gastric adenocarcinoma with extensive liver involvement and lung metastases – and no systemic treatment “chemotherapy” is being tried – time is expected to be limited to days or weeks rather than many months.

      Why is the attending physician not explaining this for the family? My patients and the family members who came to the office in this situation always had the best information I could provide – though no doctor ever knows exactly how long a patient may live in advanced cancer situations. Have you been with your mother-in-law when she sees her oncologist? That is the best way to learn the prognosis.

    What is the estimated life expectancy of a 2 year old child who has had liver cancer & transplant?
    He also has to go thru chemo and can’t keep his anti-rejection meds down. His incision is still leaking bile and they won’t start chemo until it’s healed completely.

    • ANSWER:
      ask your Onocologist
      I’m sorry for your son’s problem.. HUGS

    Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer Life Expectancy?
    What is the life expectancy of a person with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer? The cancer spread to the liver, lymph nodes, and lungs.

    • ANSWER:
      I know you may have not heard of low dose naltrexone “ldn” , it is an fda approved drug that is working wonders everyday all over the world , it many uses was discovered in new york by dr bihari. , here is the kicker , it is an off label use drug , that means it was intended for something else to begin with , doctor bihari in ny found it does amazing things for your immune system , it modulates it , supercharges it , and that my friend is the number one killer of disease including cancer . fyi , thousands of medications are used “off label” everyday , google it
      check out this video , there are 5 doctors speaking about ldn , the 4th one talks about late stage pancreatic cancer spread to the liver , please watch , the guy is still alive and well and working 8 years after he was told to get into hospice , here is the link >>>>>>video is from 2008 ldn conference at a medical university , the 2009 ldn conference was held at the nih , national institutes of health in oct. thousands upon thousands of cancer patients who were told nothing could be done by their cancer docs are still alive and cancer free or on the way to being cancer free after (ldn) low dose naltrexone , after other treatments failed .…

      more people need to know about this !!!!!!!!

      this guy on you tube named joe wouk ,
      he had the worst kind of ms , after 3 months on ldn he has no more ms symptoms and is normal ,
      he wrote a book called “GOOGLE LDN” he tried all the conventional drugs for ms and all they did for him was make him sick and he still had disease progression , so found out about ldn,
      he is ok now, here is the link for his video…

      its a 3 part video
      I have more videos about ldn from medical doctors and patients , and pharmacies

      a body of research over the past two decades has pointed repeatedly to one’s own endorphin secretions (our internal opioids) as playing the central role in the beneficial orchestration of the immune system, and recognition of the facts is growing.

      Witness these statements from a review article of medical progress in the November 13, 2003 issue of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine: “Opioid-Induced Immune Modulation: …. clinical evidence indicates overwhelmingly that opioids alter the development, differentiation, and function of immune cells, and that both innate and adaptive systems are affected.1,2 Bone marrow progenitor cells, macrophages, natural killer cells, immature thymocytes and T cells, and B cells are all involved. The relatively recent identification of opioid-related receptors on immune cells makes it known that opioids have direct effects on the immune system.3″

      In human cancer, research by Zagon over many years has demonstrated inhibition of a number of different human tumors in laboratory studies by using endorphins and low dose naltrexone. It is known that the increased endorphin and enkephalin levels, induced by LDN, work directly on the tumors’ opioid receptors — and, induce cancer cell death (apoptosis). In addition, it is known that they act to increase natural killer cells and other healthy immune defenses against cancer.

      in people with diseases that are partially or largely triggered by a deficiency of endorphins (including cancer and autoimmune diseases), or are accelerated by a deficiency of endorphins (such as HIV/AIDS), restoration of the body’s normal production of endorphins is the major therapeutic action of LDN

      I have read info from medical doctors that people with cancer , ms , crohns, autism, aids , ra , autoimmune , and many other diseases have low endorphin levels , low dose naltrexone 3 to 4.5 mg at night will double and triple your levels and , for example people with ms , the immune system stops attacking self and and only goes after non self , thus the progression of ms is stopped in its tracks .approved ms drugs that have killed people cant come close to the effectiveness of ldn , and it has no side fx , people this is real , learn about ldn , tell others !!!

    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.

    In the last eight months, liver cancer, bone, and now adrenalin gland. Is my life expectancy getting shorter?

    I am happy and having a great time.

    It’s not getting me down, it’s just pissing me off that it’s happening when my career is soaring and I enjoy the island very much.

    Thanks to all who answered and e-mailed me.

    Time to plan a mega party. More on that later.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you may have immune system problems.
      however, they say laughter is a real good medicine in the cancer treatment.
      My personal opinion, not based on heavy research, is that cancer happens in bodies that are Acidic. you can test this with litmus paper.
      if you are I suggest moving you eating habits that balance your PH or move it to the alkaline side.

    father in law diagnosed liver and lung cancer no cure what is life expectancy?
    father in law diagnosed liver and lung cancer no cure what is life expectancy has had it approx 18 months also has chirrosis of liver waht can we expect in terms of symptoms and life expectancy

    • ANSWER:
      It is just not possible in this individual case to state future out come in view of multiple and terminal diseases.
      His treating DOC/TEAM only can only tell as they know all clinical parameter and his clinical status.

    What is the life expectancy of NSC lung cancer mets to brain-liver-bones-spleen?
    Long term on pain management for back -felt new type pain around tailbone late June 2008 . Diagnosed in Late August -started radiation mid Sept. Shourl he do CXhemo? Pain is tremendous

    • ANSWER:
      Pain control is paramount in this situation. This is a possible Hospice situation – if the malignant disease is as advanced as described. I have not seen this person. I don’t know the tumor burden in the lungs, brain and liver. His doctors know his case FAR BETTER than we can know it over the internet. Hospice situations involve people with expected survivals of less than six months. Usually liver involvement means less than six months, BUT each person is different and this person could do better than the averages suggest.
      Spleen is an unusual place for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. Are you certain the spleen is involved?
      Chemotherapy is never a cure in these situations. In some cases it may do more harm than good for this type of cancer at this stage in my experience over 20 years as a cancer specialist MD. It will be up to the patient and his doctors to decide whether to try chemotherapy for palliation to perhaps buy some extra months of survival time. The pros and cons are very close to canceling each other out in this situation.

    what is the life expectancy of a person with colon cancer that has spread to both her liver and lungs?
    my aunt has colon cancer that has spread to both her liver and lungs and she has diabetes…im really scared of loosing her because ive read that once cancer reaches the liver theres not much chance of recovery…i just want to know how much more time i have to spread with her…

    • ANSWER:
      hey man, she’ll probably go pretty quick, but thats only what doctors say. your aunt will not die until God says its her time. We once had a close family friend with cancer. the doctors said he would last between 2 weeks and one month. he survived for 18 months before he passed. spend as much time with her as possible!

    pancreatic cancer diagnosed 10mths ago liver cancer 2 months ago what is life expectancy jaundice & fluid in.?
    once the jaundice & fluid have been detected what is the life

    • ANSWER:
      DONT think of dying be strong and fight it you can do it.
      just go find the right doctor and pray to god he will help you i promise.

      hope u get better and sooon.

    what is the life expectancy of one who has colon cancer with mets to liver, lungs who develops jaundice?
    been on chemo 1 yr or more. also has nodes in neck and abdomen pelvic region.
    Also, what is the death process. Is it painful or will they go peacefully.

    • ANSWER:
      The median survival for stage 4 colon cancer is 2-2.5 years form diagnosis.
      You should look into hospice to help you with pain control.

    Stage 4 Esophogeal Cancer life expectancy?
    my uncle has stage 4 esophogeal cancer that has spread to his lungs, liver, and several other organs. The doctor said it is definently terminal. He is undergoing chemotherapy… long would you imagine his life expectancy will be?
    The Doctor said he hopes for 11 months but i know doctors sometimes make generalization in order to comfort the patient.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had maybe one patient who survived a year in that situation. Unfortunately most survive less than 6 months, and most of them less than 3-4. Sorry.


    What is the life expectancy of a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver?

    This is small cell carcinoma.
    Thank you. God Bless you and your work. The website helped, too.

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many other things that factor into a life expectancy besides the actual diagnosis. For example, the will to hang on, family or friends who are unaccepting or unable to come to terms with the impending death, faith in God-or lack of, unresolved issue or affairs not in order……you get the idea. Often, people will succomb to complications from their disease first. (In this case, an example would be pneumonia, organ failure, sepsis…) No one can give you the “real” answer your looking for. But, the diagnosis you mentioned does not give you long. I am an oncology nurse, and I have seen people linger far longer than anticipate (and beyond most odds), and people who leave so much sooner than thought. I can tell you it is an important time to speak what’s in your heart and help the person who is dying find a sense of peace. If this is a person who is close to you, there will also be an important time to tell them it’s ok to go. I’m so sorry that this has touched your life, I know what a hard journey lies ahead. I hope you peace and comfort in knowing that the human spirit lives on……and they never really leave us. They just get to the next place a little sooner. God bless you and yours.

    Can somebody update me on the real life expectancy of a 78 yr old with stage IV esophageal and liver cancer?
    My father has been diagnosed with Stage IV Esophageal and Liver Cancer in May of this year. He is currently finishing his second round of chemotherapy. He has told me the oncologist doesn’t see either radiation or surgury as an option. I was wondering if anybody could give me more current information regarding pro longing his life? What I should expect, etc? How long do patients really live with current treatment options? Please don’t ask me why I don’t ask him, talking to him about this is morbid at best.

    Thanks for any help :-)

    • ANSWER:
      If he is receiving a single agent chemo the response is about 2-5 months. A multi agent chemo has a median response of about 7 months. You can go on an appointment with him or ask your dad to give his oncologist permission to speak to you and you can discuss your concerns directly with the doctor. This makes it a little easier for both you and your dad. Oncologists are usually very kind and are used to explaining things to family members – it’s a big part of their job. Best wishes.

    stage 4 pancreatic cancer life expectancy?
    my g-ma just got diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. it has spread to her liver but i guess those spots are small. Honestly, approximetly how much time does she have to live? She got her first set of chemo today. The doctor won’t tell us her life expectancy. She said it wouldn’t be fair to tell her. Shes 61, looks healthy, and so athletic. Shes never had any other health problems. Please only answer if u know the answers factual. Shes my heart. I don’t want to be misled.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry about your grandmother. I was lucky enough to have mine for 35 years. It has been several years now and I still miss her very much. Of course no one is able to predict when someone will die and yes, every person is an individual. There are also patient’s who surprise us and live far longer than expected.

      However, I believe you asked this questin, because you want to know and you did ask to not to be misled. We have keep information on everyone diagnosed with cancer for 40 years and this is what our statistics are based on. Patients with stage 4 pancreatic cancer have a median survival of 2-6 months. Meaning 2-6 months after being diagnosed with stage 4 disease half the patients are alive. Patients with a better performance status live the longest. It appears your grandmother is in this group. At this point treatment is to prolong her life with as little symptoms as possible. Unfortunately, we already know we cannot manage or control pancratic cancer.

      Live for today and enjoy every moment together.

    What is jade goodys life expectancy now? If her cervical cancer has spreaf to her bowel groin and liver?w?

    • ANSWER:
      Not good.
      She’s just had ‘life saving surgery’ on her bowel.
      Max Clifford, her publicist, said yesterday that she has gone public about it all to make other women aware and to raise money for her boys who will soon be without a mother.

    what is the life expectancy of someone with stage 4 colon cancer that has gone to the liver and lung?

    • ANSWER:
      Stage IV cancer is no longer the death sentence that it once was. There is treatment but there are no guarantees. The truth is that no one knows, not even the doctors, the life expectancy of these patients. Much will depend on the patients overalll health, age, and response to treatment. The goal will be to gain control of the disease and hopefully place the patient into remission. If that is not possible, than it may be possible to find a treatment to keep the cancer under control and live with the cancer (much the way a diabetic lives with diabetes by taking insulin).

      The patient needs to find out as much as possible about the disease. Find out the treatment options. Go to a designated comprehensive cancer center for the best possible treatment.

      Cancer that has gone to the liver and lung can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, radiofrequency ablation, chemoperfusion . . there is treatment but the patient has to be willing to fight for it.

      NCCN: Clinical Guidelines for Colon Cancer

      NCI: Colon and Rectal Cancer

      Peritoneal chemperfusion

      Radiofrequency Ablation

      People Living with cancer

      Depending on the patient than . . life expectancy may be far better than you expect.

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

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

    Breast Cancer metastatis to liver and bone. Stage IV. What is her life expectancy now ?
    My aunt had one breast removed surgically in 2008 for breast cancer. Radiotherapy was done but no chemo as she had no one to take care of if chemo undertaken. Now aged 66 yrs. Last month, it is learnt that it has metastatized to liver and bone. Now on Tab Tamoxifen and still not ready for chemo. Has had early menopause around 37 yrs of age. Friends from medical line please advise about how long she can go without chemo and how this condition will affect her physically ? Thanks a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      As it is advanced stage of the diseases.Treatment is palliative.
      Actual survival is unpredicable can vary from months to years depending on care and her immune response.

    What is the average life expectancy of someone with this cancer?
    Colon cancer spread to the liver in two areas.

    • ANSWER:
      u can never say but with my mum it was 2 years

    Ovarian Cancer life expectancy?
    My dear friend has just found that she has ovarian cancer. I was soo shocked to hear this she was finee, we would go out and have fun, and then out of nowhere she was diagnosed. She literally had no symptoms, well when I was around she was normal, she has stage 4 ovarian cancer. it has spread to her lungs, liver, and Brain now. I’m just wondering how much longer will she live before I lose my best friend? I got the news yesterday.

    • ANSWER:
      probably 6 to 9 months at the most sorry to say just be there for her

    In stage 4B pancreatic cancer w/ liver, bladder metastasis at diagnosis what is the life expectancy?
    My uncle 65yr/ male/ smoker 50yrs. There was a golfball sized tumor in the bladder diagnosed by biopsy after presenting with severe jaundice, excruciating pain, often noddining out with chronic fatigue, rapid weightloss (roughly 60 lbs over a period of less than several months), brown urine, grayish stools, a sudden onset of gastric problems… i.e. gerd, diabetes, etc, and incapacitating weakness. I have been staying with him so i have seen him deteriorate like this the last 2mo. About how far along is this?? can anyone with some background on the subject give me either a diagnostic opinion or personal experience?? It is definately unresectable i know that.
    So as far as gemzar chemo or any other regiment.. out of the question?? does he even have months??

    • ANSWER:
      I’m very sorry for your uncle and your having to go through this. It sounds like he just has a short time, a couple more months or less – it is unpredictable and everyone is different, and truthfully, the will to live can keep one going longer than many expect. Specific time is really a guess for any medical professional, but once the weight loss is so severe it is hard for them to keep their energy up, and organ failure starts to be a problem. My father got to this stage and lasted about six weeks longer. My dad had lost almost 70 pounds and had very little strength left – like your uncle. I think you should say everything you need to say, and get things taken care of. Make him as comfortable as possible and make sure he gets to do whatever he needs to do. Again, I’m sorry, and send my best wishes.

      EDIT: Hon, understand your question, but I’d like you to take a look at this link of information about gemzar. The toll on the body is pretty intense.

      To tell you my personal feeling: my closest friend went through a very aggressive treatment when she was already very weak. It was dreadful for her, and ended up hastening the end. I still feel that had I known more at that time, I would have told her to stop the treatments and be as comfortable as possible and just enjoy watching sunrises and sunsets for awhile and read books to her and held her hand. I wished I had more time with her – she went so quickly then.

      There really is no way to say how much time someone has, but I think you really should prepare yourself. Yes, it could be more than a couple months, and it could be less, it’s just too hard to say with any certainty, and certainly as we are not his physician, who could give you more but would likely say the same. This would be the time to make sure your uncle has all his things in order. And friends and family should know that as well. Acceptance will make this easier in the long run. It’s difficult enough to face the loss but acceptance can turn one from despair. My mother just passed three weeks ago. As painful as it was, I had come to accept that this was going to happen and for my mom, welcomed the blessing of relief of pain for her. You need to know that they try so very hard to keep going for us, they don’t want to disappoint us. We told my mom, and I told my friend, ‘if you need to go home, it’s okay, we love you, but it’s okay to go home.’ We’d surely want them to stay, but you have to think of what is best for them.

      You might want to consider hospice care as well, here’s a link with some information that may be helpful to you.

    Any info. on ablation done for liver cancer?
    My father had surgery last week to remove a tumor in his liver. The tumor was too large and an ablation was done instead. The tumor came from the colon. He has been told that the tumor is now gone. Anyone have any info. on ablation in liver cancer and the life expectancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Not all stage IV colon cancers are the same. For example, the NCI reports that patients with 3 or less hepatic (liver) metastases have a five-year survival rate of 20 to 30%.

    What is the average life expectancy for someone with liver failure?
    Someone I know who recovered from stage 3 breast cancer, and has naropothy, type 2 diabetes, and an unhealthy diet was called by her doctor at 8:30 sat morning to be told that she would need to get dialysis because her liver is failing.
    Can you donate half your liver to someone? I would give her mine if I were a match. I just don’t know if it would save her or just prolong the inevitable.

    • ANSWER:
      Your friend will need to get an evaluation done at a transplant center to find out if she would qualify to receive a transplant and whether or not it might be an option for her. They will not accept her for transplant unless they feel the surgery would greatly benefit her and save her life. If she was accepted, you could then discuss with her doctors and transplant coordinator your offer to donate to her. Before making your offer, I suggest you educate yourself as to what is involved in donating a part of your liver to her. It’s a very serious surgery that needs serious consideration. You have to be in excellent health, have a compatible blood type, and be similar in body size plus pass an evaluation in order to donate to anyone.

      I think it’s very giving of you to even consider doing such a wonderful thing. Take it a step at a time and first find out where she stands on getting a transplant at all first, then take it from there. She may need both a liver and kidney transplant from what information you have given.

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

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

    Life Expectancy for Stage 4 Lung Cancer?
    What would be the life expectancy for a 73 year old woman who has Stage 4 lung cancer which spread to her liver, as well as emphysema?

    • ANSWER:
      My mother showed no symptoms of stage 4 lung cancer. On her birthday, Feb. 09 at the young age of 75, she found out. It had spread to her brain, stomach, lymph nodes. June 4th, rest her soul, she passed away. She had radiation treatments for the brain, and 2 rounds of chemo. She went way to fast. The doctor said with treatment it was up to 18 months. Without treatment it was 3-6 months. I think she had alittle bit of the emphysema too. I am not positive about that. She smoked for alot of years, and quit in January and she wanted to make sure that her lungs were still clear when she saw her doctor.

    How long can someone in their late 70′s survive terminal liver cancer?
    I know terminal means there’s nothing they can do but I just found out my grandmother has terminal liver cancer. I’m going up to see her today hoping that this won’t be the last time I do see her. So could someone give me some idea of the life expectancy, I know you’re no doctors but some of you probably have experience. Thank you x

    • ANSWER:
      Generally in terminal liver cancer patient,s survival is few months but in individual patient it is difficult to predict.It depends on many other factors.

    Life expectancy for Carcinoid cancer?
    Im 24 years old and have Carcinoid cancer. Found out when I was 18. Had a whipple surgery done and still have it on my liver. Just wondering what an average life span is.

    • ANSWER:
      A good place to ask your question would be the ACOR carcinoid list. They currently have 748 members either with carcinoid or are caregivers. For a while my Drs suspected that I had a carcinoid tumor and while I was monitoring this list I found many very smart people there who were really up on the latest carcinoid treatments. ACOR runs lists for over 150 types of cancer and these lists are moderated to keep out spam and nut jobs.

      good luck

    life expectancy of someone with stage 4 colorectal cancer?
    My mom was diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer in May 2007 she went though 2 yrs of chemo and just recently under went radiation to a tumor that has broke through her skin. It is located in her abdomen and is coming out of her navel. Please tell me with your best guess how much time we have left with her. Her liver and lungs are clear no signs of cancer there. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Statistics do not really help answer questions about an individual patient, but the 5 year survival rate is 5%. Your best information would come from her oncologist.

    Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer…stage 3, possibly limited?
    My aunt has small cell lung cancer. she was just diagnosed and they are saying it is stage 3, limited. BUT there is also a small spot on her liver. I was just curious if anyone knew the life expectancy of someone that DOES treatment with small cell lung cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Small cell is not normally staged in the usual fashion of 1-4. Its either limited or extensive. Once the cancer has appeared in a different location, then it is extensive.
      Small cell responds quite well to chemo, WBR (whole brain radiation) is usually recommended as a precaution as lung cancer has a reputation of travelling to the brain. Becoming N.E.D. (no evidence of disease) is often diagnosed after chemo and/or radiation, unfortunately it has a high percentage of recurring so moderation is frequent.
      I have non small cell, but know of others with small cell. I’ve attached a link for you if you would like support, there are people on that group that are going thru this with small cell, and are now N.E.D.
      All the best to your Aunt.

    Realistically, what is the life expectancy for a Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer patient in her late 80′s?
    We were told that two spots are now on her liver even after chemo and radiation treatments. Also, in a lymph node near the lungs. What should expect?

    • ANSWER:
      Her age does not matter. You can expect 6 weeks to less likely, 6 months.

    Can late stage colon cancer be cured? How long is the life expectancy?
    My grandmother was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer (duke system C2) last year July and she lives in Beijing china. She did the surgery in August and took Capecitabine after the surgery for 6 months. In the early months of her capecitabine medication, she took half of the dosage (a mistake). This year May, through pet and ct scan, the doctor said her cancer has came back. She is now in Chemotherapy and just completed her 2nd cycle today. What is her current stage of colon cancer? is it still 3 or is it now 4 because it came back? Her cancer has not spread to liver or lung. Can the colon cancer in her situation be cured? How long is her life expectancy from this point? In china, there are two choices of chemotherapy, a United states kind and a china kind, the china kind is one third of the price, the doctor said it is the same, do you agree?

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    primary liver cancer?
    my mother in law was diagnosed with primary liver cancer and we were told her life expectancy was 5 – 12 months that was in january. she has no pain in the affected area but she has terrible pain in her back and legs she is on morphine twice a day with break through pain relief, is this back pain a sign that the cancer is progressing.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, back pain may be a sign of her cancer progressing. All over joint pain, with generalized body pain & sore achy feelings are typical. check out this web site for signs & symptom checker! Best of luck to you both, AnnaMaria!

    Life Expectancy for Stage IV Metastatic Esophageal Cancer?
    My fil has been diagnosed with stage iv esophageal cancer which has metastasized to his liver and stomach. They put in a stent so he can swallow but still really doesnt eat much other than soft foods & ensure shakes…they did radiatoin but at this point are not doing chemo. Anyone know anyone with simiar situation? My inlaws do not want to ask how much time he has left and wont let us ask doctor’s either but I want to know what to expect. My mil takes care of him around the clock and is running herself into the ground in the process and is fighting letting us help. How do I get her to let us get involved?

    • ANSWER:
      Life expectancies are averages and everyone is a little bit different. Some people die within weeks of diagnosis, others live several months and a very small percentage of stage IV esophageal cancer patients defy the odds and go into remission.

      In short, no one can give you an accurate assessment of how much time he has left. As far as your mother in law is concerned, letting her know that you are there for her and will be happy to help if needed is enough. Some people just want (or try) to take care of their loved one on their own. It’s therapeutic in some ways, but can become just too much of a burden, especially if the patient lingers. But, that is her decision to make.

      Good luck and God bless.

    secondary liver cancer?
    my step dad has secondary liver and adrenal cancer, originating from esophageall cancer. His liver nodes were discovered about a month ago and he is not willing to discuss his “life expectancy” Does any one have experience with this and know how much longer I may be graced with this man’s presence in my life?

    • ANSWER:
      Not to scare you are anything but value each day you spend with your step dad like it was your last. My nephews grandma was diagnosed with liver cancer about 1-2 months ago and they gave her 6 months to live and they offered no treatment cause the cancer was far to advanced and I hate to say this but she passed away 5 days ago.So it all really depends on the person in some case some people live longer then the exspected time. Just make time to spend with him everyday and prepare your self for his death.

    Liver Cancer Questions?
    Earlier this year my aunt was diagnosed with liver cancer. She’s had some surgeries to remove a large part of the tumor and some lymph nodes, but the doctors have found that the cancer has sort of “swiss-cheesed” itself through out her liver for want of a better descripiton. They’re waiting until she heals more after the last surgery to decide if they want to try chemo or radiation.

    Obviously we’re hoping for the best, but we all know that liver cancer is most often terminal. My aunt and uncle are reluctant to discuss anything other than recovery, but can someone give me a realistic life expectancy for her if the chemo or radiation is unsuccessful?

    • ANSWER:
      To answer that question properly, one would need a lot more information. And, even at that all you can do is give averages. For example, for a particular kind of brain cancer the average expectancy is 13 months after diagnosis, but some people die in a few weeks and some live for years. There’s really no way to say for certain, especially without knowing more specific details about your aunt’s case.

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

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    What is the life expectancy for stage 4 melanoma skin cancer?
    The cancer has already spread to the lungs, liver and possibly the brain we are not sure about that yet they have scheduled a brain scan. This is my dad who is only 59, he just doesnt seem to know what is going on anymore. He acts like he is lost. What should I expect?
    My dad has been struggling with cancer for about 4 yrs now. The first time the cancer was found in the bladder, kidneys. He now has only one kidney. Later he was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer at stage 3. Back in Nov 2007 he had a surgery removing some lymph nodes and then he began chemo shortly after which made him to sick and he quit taking it after about 3 wks. That was December07-Jan08 about 3wks ago in May 08 they found that the cancer has spread to the lungs and I believe there are 2nodes in each lung and now I was told my dad has stage 4 melanoma skin cancer. I just want some information I have a 10yr old son and his papaw is his world.The treatment he was doing m,t,w for 6 hrs a day started in august they just stopped said it was not working. Now they just started something he only does on monday. He is scheduled for a brain scan today 11/5.

    • ANSWER:
      First – I am sorry to hear about your Dad. Second, as you know there is no stage 5 in cancer, so he is terminal. We are talking months maybe even weeks, not years. If the cancer goes to his brain, your Dad could suffer confusion, and dementia. Not knowing much about his case, I can’t say much more. Right now, some of his confusion just may be related to the shock of his diagnosis and depression. Good Luck

    Life expectancy with stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver?
    non-alcoholic, diabetic, heart disease, colon cancer (remission), diverticulitis, high blood pressure and hypothyroidisum

    • ANSWER:
      You need more details in order to answer this question with even a good guess. What is the reason for cirrhosis? Hep C? If yes, then the progression could be quicker to total liver failure.

      If this person is experiencing lots of fluid retention that needs tapped often, encephalopathy (confusion due to high ammonia levels), jaundice, internal bleeding and bruises easily, then their liver is near total failure and death could occur anywhere from a few months to a year. Remember this is just an estimate for someone who has all these symptoms.

    life expectancy for someone that had colon cancer?
    About 2 weeks ago my grandpa went in to have the cancer removed. His wife said it was stage 4 and I know that’s the worst where it spreads to other organs. He said the cancer didn’t spread and he doesn’t even have to go through chemo but he has to get it re-checked in 6 months. I am really confused because my uncle said that they caught it early but it’s not early if it was at stage 4.
    His liver is damaged from heavy drinking years and years ago, and so are his kidneys. [not sure if both are but i'm assuming]
    Does there tend to be a certain amount of time for someone that had colon cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Survival depends on the stage. If it is a stage 1 he wouldn’t need chemo and the 5 year survival rate is 90%. If it is a stage 4 the 5 year survival rate is 5%.

    Has the human life expectancy decreased?
    know our life expectancy is a lot better than 100 years ago. However, now there are so many diseases going around. My mom got Gastric Cancer last year and is still getting treatment. Grandma on my dad’s side has Esophageal Cancer and is getting treatment. Dad just found out he has heart problems and is a diabetic. An Uncle just died in March from Liver Cancer. And an Aunt just passed this Sunday because she had High Blood Pressure. She took pills and a vessel in her brain burst. And Grandma and Grandpa on Mom’s side both have really high plood pressure and are diabetics. THey’re both rather heavy too.

    What do you think?

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      In america yep

    what is the difference between liver disease?
    and liver cancer and if left untreated what is the life expectancy of a patient once diagnosed.a person i know is showing all the signs of the disease but is refusing medical help i just wanted to now how long it will take to kill her if i show her this she may realise that it is time to get help

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of liver disease:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, hereditary conditions,
      auto immune diseases, biliary obstruction
      or mal formation, viral hepatitis, fatty liver
      disease, metabolic disorders, and others.

      With liver disease, the cause of the problem
      causes damage to the liver cells. When there
      is damage to the liver cells, the immune system
      of the body responds to this and cause
      inflammation to develop in the liver. If the
      cause is known and stopped and the inflammation is treated…this can be reversed
      and the liver cells can heal. However, if this
      isn’t done…it can lead to the death of the
      liver cells and become a progressive disease
      until the whole liver is consumed…this is
      known as cirrhosis of the liver.

      This is quite different than cancer. Cancer
      is the multiplying, out of control, of the cells
      of an organ. These form into tumors.
      If they are just in the liver…the doctors may
      have them removed, try to stop the blood flow
      to them so they will die off, or use radiation
      and chemo to kill them. They have treatments
      now that can direct the radiation and chemo
      directly to the tumor itself…so it protects the
      surrounding tissues. However, if the tumor
      is malignant…that means that some of the
      cells can break off and go to other areas of
      the body and multiply there. This becomes
      more serious of nature if this happens…it
      is best to try to do something about this
      growth before it has a chance to go to another
      area. Some cancers are very slow growing and
      others are very fast. Some people think they
      have cancer and it turns out to be just a cyst
      or benign growth. It is best to be checked.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      Only the doctors can give a patient an
      estimate of how long they have to live and
      many times they are not even sure.
      They have there past medical history, know
      there other medical problems, and can see
      alot more from the testing done to determine
      how far the disease or cancer has advanced.

      I hope this information has been a help to you.