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    Old 10-24-2004, 04:29 PM   #1
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    Question colon cancer spread to liver

    The past couple of weeks have been like a terrible nightmare. We found out by colonoscophy(not sure of spelling), that my mom has colon cancer.Shes only 57 and had no symptoms, other than being a little tired. A day or two after the colon test they done a CT scan and told us that it had spread to her liver. So they tell us that she has 20 or so spots of cancer on her liver and in the pathology report it said 90% of liver had cancer. They removed the 2 tumors along with 12 inches of her colon. What do they or can they do about the liver? Could really use some encouraging experiences or thoughts.I'm desperate!

     
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    Old 10-24-2004, 04:42 PM   #2
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    I know it's hard to hear this about your mother and I am so sorry to hear that this has happend to her. To make her comfortable try and get her affairs in order. Make sure you have all paper work together. My husband is a Radiation Therapist and once people are told that it can be fatal in a short time they seem to over look details of their life. This can also make her more comfortable and not so tired worrying about everything else. Only God can tell you how long your mother has so for the time you have her just live like today is the best day ever. I wish you the best and your mother lots of comfort.

     
    Old 10-25-2004, 07:09 AM   #3
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    Re: colon cancer spread to liver

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    The past couple of weeks have been like a terrible nightmare. We found out by colonoscophy(not sure of spelling), that my mom has colon cancer.Shes only 57 and had no symptoms, other than being a little tired. A day or two after the colon test they done a CT scan and told us that it had spread to her liver. So they tell us that she has 20 or so spots of cancer on her liver and in the pathology report it said 90% of liver had cancer. They removed the 2 tumors along with 12 inches of her colon. What do they or can they do about the liver? Could really use some encouraging experiences or thoughts.I'm desperate!
    Hi gfabney
    Husband diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer 18 months ago age 44. He had anterior bowel resection. we were then told the mets to liver were inoperable but they would give him chemo. This would certainly make the tumors shrink to some degree and extend his life expectancy AND perhaps enable them to operate if the tumors shrunk enough. He had exaliplatin/5fu/folonic acid - one cycle every 2 weeks. They checked after 6 cycles and decided to operate. There were actually more tumors there than they originally saw on the scan but still operated. They took nearly 70% of his liver out from both lobes and it regrew after 6 weeks. He had another 6 cycles of chemo plus a month of radiotherapy although this was on his abdomen. His latest scan results are clear and his liver is as good as new.

    Mum had stage 4 bowel cancer too 20 months ago age 77. She had bowel resection but was not considered a candidate for liver surgery due to other health problems. She did have chemo (exolada ??sp?? ) for 3 cycles but could not tolerate for any longer. It did however shrink her liver mets and probably extended her life by about 3 to 6 months. Had she been in better overall health they may have been able to operate too.

    I hope the above is of use to you. At least give you info so you can ask lots of questions. Whilst writing this i do remember the liver surgeon talking about spots to the liver, cancer deposits and tumors in the liver........ i have also heard people talk about lesions to the liver. It is worth asking about how they interprete what they see on the scans. As with my husband, they may be able to offer chemo in hope of achieving a potential cure. Nothing ventured then nothing gained. Mum did not want the chemo at first. She was already feeling so grotty after the operation and must have been feeling like her time was coming but she got her head into gear and gave it a go. She was glad that she did.

    You do need to make sure you talk to a liver specialist........... not just a general surgoen. The guy who did the bowel resections on mum and husband did say he was capable of cutting off a small bit of lobe but would not consider anthing bigger. He referred us to a liver specialist in another hospital.

    Good luck
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    Old 10-25-2004, 06:15 PM   #4
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    ktee, thank you so much for replying. It is very encouraging to me. I will be sure to tell her of your husbands experience. My mother is going to a cancer specialist as soon as she recouporates from the colon surgery. Is this the same as a liver specialist?

     
    Old 10-26-2004, 02:14 AM   #5
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    ktee, thank you so much for replying. It is very encouraging to me. I will be sure to tell her of your husbands experience. My mother is going to a cancer specialist as soon as she recouporates from the colon surgery. Is this the same as a liver specialist?
    Hi there
    Probably not. Dont be afraid to ask what the doctors specialise in. They love to talk about themselves . If you see different specialists it is worth asking whether they know or have worked together before. My husbands multi-discliplined team consisted of the following:

    Bowel surgeon (Peterborough/Stamford Hospital)
    Chemo Consultant (Peterborough hospital)
    Liver Surgeon (Leicester General Hospital)
    Radio-therapy/chemo Consultant (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge)
    He has follow ups with each team. Each team has a lead consultant, regristrars, staff nurse, clinic nurse and all the other people that go into running each department. As he had treatment at 4 hospitals, they all have to communicate with each other and share notes/results/etc and so far it has worked very well.

    regards
    ktee

    p.s. with us luck, another follow up this afternoon with bowel surgeon. will post later.

     
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