It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver Message Board

terminal secondary liver cancer, no primary yet, what to expect?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-13-2011, 08:53 PM   #1
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Boston, MA, US
Posts: 3
sxzwang HB User
terminal secondary liver cancer, no primary yet, what to expect?

I just got the devastating news that my mom was diagnosed with terminal secondary liver cancer. They were not able to identify the primary cancer from the CT. She lives in Toronto and I live in Boston. I have a 3 year old and works full-time so it's not easy for me to go to Toronto. I am trying to get the full CT report from her Dr. and trying to figure out what will be the best option for us as a family at this difficult time... so some questions...

1) she has been gradually losing weight as of late 2009 and feeling itchy. Lost quite a lot of weight when she visited us early 2010 but able to gain back the weight. Went from 130 lb to 115 lb since beginning of the year. What prompted her to finally go to the dr. is trouble eating, easily getting bruised, and intense itching. They found a 17cm tumor, and a few small one on her liver. Given that it's not the primary site - there might be cancer elsewhere. Given these data points, how much time does she have left??? The Dr. can't give me an estimate. She is still active and optimistic herself. Her symptoms seem to have gone away.

2) what the final days are like, I would love to have her to come live with us in Boston... But this could be a non-starter if constant expensive medical care is needed since I would guess we won't be able to get insurance for her given the pre-existing condition. But if nothing could be done anyway, why couldn't she be with her loved ones? I read that morphone and fluid draining are often required - that would require hospital visits?

3) If we can not move her to stay with us, I will have to go to Toronto a lot. I would like to take my daughter along (my mom just adores her), but it would probably be hard for me to take care of them both in the final weeks? Will she even be able to enjoy her grand-daughter's company? Is it even a good idea to expose a 3yr old to this?

Sorry about the ramble...

Last edited by sxzwang; 05-13-2011 at 08:54 PM.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Liver Cancer.... Ivorygirl Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 1 08-29-2011 06:59 AM
Secondary liver cancer, no primary found. beetle64 Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 9 07-17-2011 07:22 AM
I have secondary liver cancer... Red Willow Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 3 04-02-2011 12:54 AM
final stage of liver cancer polly2 Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 9 05-23-2010 07:29 AM
terminal liver cancer kimothy99 Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 5 07-31-2008 12:17 PM
Terminal Liver cancer ExTra111 Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 0 03-21-2008 09:15 AM
Terminal Liver cancer- what are the signs it's nearly over? Nirea Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 18 03-13-2008 05:55 PM
Why do hep c people tend to get liver cancer? jessy28 Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 13 02-16-2007 02:03 PM
Liver Cancer slvricn Family & Friends of Cancer Patients 3 12-26-2006 07:40 AM
Primary Liver Cancer Scare-D-Cat Family & Friends of Cancer Patients 6 03-11-2004 10:04 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:10 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!