• Cancer of the Esophagus, cancer moved to liver

    Asked by ogtxaggiemom on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Cancer of the Esophagus, cancer moved to liver

    My husband has tumors in his liver now, 4 small ones and then one the size of a golf ball, and one the size of an apple core. Yesterday we found out they had tripled in size since last pet scan while on a clinical trial. The doctor has taken him off the clinical trial and he will begin a new chemo drug next week. At the time of our visit yesterday I just didn't think of questions to ask. What can we expect as the tumors grow? He is in some pain now, at first an ache in his back but this last week his liver is now hurting some and it makes him feel like he has a shortness of breath. He has been given some mild pain medications. We were informed that operating is not an option.

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Hello. My dad also has a secondary liver tumor. It depends on where the tumors are located. He will not feel the tumors except when they start to grow and create pressure or cause symptoms. Pain under the rib cage on the right side, and back. If they block a bile duct, he may experience jaundice-- yellowed skin and eyes. Legs could swell. Belly might get big from fluid. Diaphragm could push up into the lung area. It depends on what's going on in there. So far, I think most of the symptoms experienced by my dad have been from complications from the liver biopsy. The only thing he has, as far as the liver goes right now, is pain.

      The doctor will be able to monitor liver function with the blood labs. Chemotherapy could shrink those tumors down. What drugs did they mention, if they did?

      about 5 years ago

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