• Was just told cancer is on liver. What can I expect?

    Asked by Sessie on Sunday, February 17, 2013

    Was just told cancer is on liver. What can I expect?

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Sessie, I assume that it is your colon cancer that is in your liver and not a new cancer. Also I assume that the cancer was located with a CT or PET scan. If this is correct you should know that a CT scan only sees differences in tissue density and a PETscan only sees metabolic activity so neither can definitively diagnose cancer. So it may pay to ask if it can be biopsied to be sure before you start treatment.

      Treatment could be surgery, chemo or radiation or some combination depending on the size and location. You need to talk to your Drs and find out what the options are and what the pros and cons are for each option. You should consider talking to the specialists that do each treatment to get the info first hand.

      You also know that this can be beat and is not a death scentance. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Sessie, I agree with most of what Peroll stated and I agree that the treatment will be based on the degree of the lesion. More than likely because it is on the liver and not in the liver, a good chemotherapy will be able to shrink or remove those lesions without interfering in the function of the liver. If this is mets from your primary, this is not all that unusual. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • dbellamore's Avatar

      My tumor is also on my liver. I've been living with it for over a year now. I have an implanted hepatic infusion pump that directs the flow diretly into the liver bypassing your main blood stream. Therefore they can use more powerful chemo with less risk. My treatment is also supplement with gemzar given systemically. Beside my latest bout with pain, the last year plus hasn't been has hard as I had first imagined.

      My cancer is stage 4 so I have no hope of it ever going into any type of remission and it is very likely I will be receiving chemo one way or the other for the rest of my life.

      My cancer was never anywhere but my liver and we've been able to keep it that way for some time.

      My tumor was discovered though a blood test, cat scan, ultra sound and biopsy. I am being treated at both Cloan Kettering working in conjuntion with an oncologist in Cholchester Vermont.

      Dr. Kemeny's speciality is colon cancer that spread to the liver. Check out the pump. Hepatic Artery Infusion Treatment. Saved my live.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Dbellamore, I wasn't going to mention a name of a therapy because as a nurse, I cant advise but since you mentioned gemcitabine, I agree and in my response when stating a "good" chemo, that was the one I had in mind. You are further proof of its effectiveness. Thanks for stating what I could not and for that positive response, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I have both Kidney and TNBC lesions on my liver. CT, MRI, and bone scans have confirmed that the cancers are no where else. In fact I have been living with the kidney cancer a chronic illness since July 2009, and was taking oral chemo to keep it in check. my breast cancer Metastasized in April of last year and which point I was switched to infusion therapy. Both my cancers responded well to a cocktail of Carboplatin, Gemzar, and Avastin. I had scans last month and everything is in check. Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • Sessie's Avatar

      I appreciate everyone's response and support. I start chemo on Wednesday, not sure about surgery yet until months after chemo. I had a biopsy done, which showed same strain of cancer as colon.

      over 3 years ago
    • Kenspeach's Avatar

      Is this a primary liver cancer or is it a metastasis from another site? How are your liver enzymes? How many tumors and is it anywhere else?

      Hubby with stage IV inoperable liver cancer. Many stories to share

      over 3 years ago

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