• Size of tumors with resection...

    Asked by mtnraindancer on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

    Size of tumors with resection...

    Full of questions today...I wanted to know if anyone had larger liver tumors that were resected without major complications. I have read on different sites where patients have had large tumors resected right out of the gate. My colon tumor has shrunk to nothing bu thickening of the wall but my liver tumors are taking more time and I definitely want them out. Anything you can share would be appreciated.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Liver tumors are not as common as some of the others people have, so you may not see much activity on this question. One way of finding more information on Liver cancer patients here is to click the People tab at the top of the page, then click cancer, on the left side of the page in the search box. Then scroll down until you get to the liver cancer, each time you select one of these filters you will see the number of results change.

      9 months ago
    • rdsd's Avatar

      I believe my biggest liver met was 8 cm to be removed. I had liver resection 5/2018 which removed part of right lobe, gallbladder and appendix. Had reoccurrence with 2 mets to my left lobe and 1 on right. Those were removed 11/2018. Both operations done without complications. Best wishes.

      9 months ago
    • Sandyantoni407's Avatar

      My husband has multiple large tumors throughout his liver.
      We decided to try resection in October 2017.
      First, he underwent chemo embolization on the left side to keep those tumors from growing while surgery was performed on right side. We also had to discontinue chemo six weeks prior to surgery. The goal was to work on right side first, let that side regenerate and then tackle the left side in the Spring 2018.
      It was a very big surgery, and he had many complications. Throughout the entire ordeal, all I kept thinking was “ we’re going to do this again?”
      He spent several weeks in the hospital.
      Unfortunately, over the 4 months of halting chemo and recovering from the surgery the cancer spread to his lung.
      Prior to deciding on this, we consulted four Dr.s. Two agreeded, 2 disagreed with our decision. But we rolled the dice anyway. No regrets.
      My husband has resumed chemo trying Folfox ( 6 treatments) without improvement- so we went back to Folfori. He has just completed his 34 treatment. He hasn’t had Avastin in a few months, due to protein in urine. But hopefully we can get back to full treatment soon.
      Overall, he’s doung well. We’ve settled into a routine that is pretty predictable. He receives blood transfusions every 2 weeks. I know what foods are preferred during times of nausea, fever and fatigue.
      Another PET scheduled for end of January.

      9 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      Wish that I would answer this - I didn't have liver mets. Have you had a consultation with a liver surgeon? This new breed of liver surgeons are genius - our livers generate themselves.

      Best wishes as it sounds like you are a good pathway.

      9 months ago
    • Kbaarch's Avatar

      I was diagnosed stage 4 colon cancer April 2015 Mets to liver (all 8 sections) and lymph nodes. Surgeon told me that I was incurable and inoperable- to go see an oncologist. Eight folfox treatments later plus gall bladder surgery I was again declared incurable and inoperable by another surgeon. Then 10 more Xeloda treatments. Finally - surgery in May 2017 with a different surgeon. Liver and colon resections- 8 or 9 hours worth. Liver resections, ablation etc.- +\_ 16 locations.

      Next scan had some questionable spots on liver. More Xeloda w/ Avastin this time- did not feel good. Stopped after 3 months. All subsequent scans have been clear, NED!
      Go to gym 3 times s week, walk dog 4 times a day. Still have neuropathy and a little chemo brain but feeling OK. Next scan 3/2019. I’ll be 69.

      9 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Thankfully, i haven't had any tumors metastasize ro my liver, but i have done a fair amount of reading. From what I understand, you can have fairly large amounts of your liver removed and it will regenerate. I have found that news comforting.

      What does your oncologist / surgeon say / recommend?

      9 months ago
    • Jayne's Avatar

      Hi, I did not, but my husband had mets to his liver. The docs told us at the time if there were less than a certain number (5 maybe) and if they were far enough apart, there would be a good shot at surgery. But his were all clustered together and far too many to operate. I would not take no for an answer (what a fool) and drug him around to different cancer centers until I found one that would try. They ended up just closing him back up. His major complication from that was a wound healing problem due to being on coumadin. Sound like you are in a much better position to fight this and win!

      9 months ago

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