My dad recently had a CT Scan and received the below results. He has had Hepatitus C for 10 years and I believe he has some scarring of the liver. I think his situation got worse when he drinks alcohol alot. He finally stopped drinking several months ago after being very ill. The doctor told my dad after the CT scan that he might have cancer. My family and I are devastated and are very afraid to lose him. He is due for a biopsy this Wednesday but until then I wish I can understand the below results better. How would you interpret the below? My dad does not have any medical coverage and everything is done through the govertment doctor so everything takes that much longer. I'm praying a miracle for my dad and any help that can come along the way. Please let me know if you have any advice and or please tell what his CT scan results mean so that I can emotional prepare my family.
They wouldn't perform the biopsy because my dad does have a mass tumor in his liver that is cancer. It has not spread and the doctor said he is very strong because he has no loss in apetite. He is going to see another doctor for treatment on the 27th of August. What can my dad expect then? What type of chemo or radiation therapy would they possibly put him on. Also, what are the side effects? I heard that chemo is very strong and it can kill a person faster than the cancer itself. During this process is there anything that we can do to make him stronger? Such as taking supplements? Would grape seed extract or papaya extract work? I heard these are cancer fighting supplments. Hope someone can respond to this....THank you.
Thank you...I appreciate you responding. I've been super worried that it is a very agressive disease. I'm just keeping my faith strong and always educating my dad about the disease. I've bought some books that are cancer fighting recipes and also cancer fighting foods that might help him prolong the disease as well. No matter what the results we can't despair right? At first I was devastated but now I'm ready to help my dad and family battle this disease together. I hope that other's are doing the same. Cancer should't have to be death sentence....so many people come out with miraculously stories. I've heard of too many where people are in the advance stages of their cancer and the doctors tell that they only have 1-2 months to live. In turn they fight the disease and increase their time by so many years. God makes miracle happens if only we believe and have faith in HIM. Also, I was reading that cancer can't live or survive if the level of oxygen is high in your body. I'm currently reseaching on how people with cancer can increase their oxygen level. My dad has been battling liver disease for over 10 years and he finally got liver cancer. I think what partially helped him was that for all of his live he would drink green tea 2-3 times a day regularly. It was apart of his life. I would really like to hear about how other's are coping with this disease or if they have any stories to share. It is a blessing to be able to share my story with all of you too. Our battle together...
helena...how is your dad? I'm 23 and my dad was diagnosed with cirhossis from hep C in feb. Tomorrow he goes for an ultra sound after a ct scan found a tiny spot on the liver...im pretty freaked out thinking thats its cancer. is your dad eligible for a transplant? thats where all my hope is right now.
I'm sorry to hear that you are going through this as well. The waiting process is the hardest part...keep your prayers strong and your faith even stronger. How big is the tiny spot that the doctor found? Did they take his blood test and was his AFP very high and suggestive of possible cancer? Please don't despair if you find out that he does have cancer, definitely hope for the best. Maybe its a small spot that is a tumor but its benign and not cancerous. If it is pretty small sometimes it is removable. There are so many ways that your dad can be treated but of course it all depends on the how the cancer itself is. Everyone's cancer really behaves differently. Unfortunately, the doctor advised my dad that he only had maybe a year to live and that the tumor was very big 9.4 CM approximately. He was not eligible for a transplant. However, he was prescribed Nexavar which are chemotherapy pills. My dad didn't want to take chemo so he decided on going to a more natural route. He did some research and found that green tea (increase oxygen - which kills cancer), grape seed extract supplement which fights cancer as well, and he takes papaya enzyme supplements which shrinks tumors according to researchers...along with changing his diet. You will be surprise how healthy a cancer patience can get by just eating healthier. There are tons of veggies/fruit that fights cancer...examples are broccoli, potato, spinach....etc. He also only uses olive oil for cooking versus veggie oil. In addition, he has more fiber bread versus white bread. He only eats fish fillets and chicken. No pork or anything fatty. He drinks plenty of green and black tea which all fights cancer. Also, I'm teaching him how to increase oxygen in his body. My family and I have done tons of research....to help him. Also, organic coffee helped fight the cancer as well (fresh ground not instant). I can tell you that it has been two months with this diet change and taking natural supplements...my dad had a blood test last week and the doctor told him that his AFP is much lower than before...meaning that the sign of cancer is less in his blood from the last reading. It's a small miracle but a big blessing to finally hear some good news. The doctor is still recommending that my dad take the chemo pills. My dad is seriously thinking about it...but the signs of cancer in his body has also decreased. However, definitely consult the doctor before your dad takes any supplements...everyone's body works and react different. There are tons of helpful supplements out there. For example, Folic Acid, Vitamin E, and Flax seed, are just to name a few that are cancer fighting supplements and each helps in different ways. I will keep you and your dad in my prayers and I hope for you that it is not cancer. Let me know how his results turn out and good luck! Have faith, courage, stay strong, and don't despair.
Hi my name is Nathan from Australia, and my dad is in HK undergoing treatment for Liver Cancer also. We found out about the cancer very late, when it became metastatic and had spread to his bones, growing a tumour next to his spinal cord, which had affected the nerves controlling his lower body. It had caused him extreme pain, but lucky he had a surgery and removed it, tested and turns out it was liver cancer.
Since then, he had a PET scan and we found that the tumour in his liver was about a little less than 8cm in diameter, and his AFP was about 400-500. The doctor had him on Nexavar (which was super expensive) and also on rounds of radiotherapy on his back and liver, and then progressed on to chemotherapy. To date, he had been through about 12 rounds of chemo, for about 8 months! He had battled through it all, and eventually the AFP dropped to about 23. The tumour had also shrunk to about 1mm. However, his health had deteriorated, he lost all his appetite and worst of all the cirrhosis had worsened, and his liver functions were seriously impaired.
I rushed back to HK to visit him about 3 months ago when he was rushed to the hospital. By then he had lost most of his body weight and could barely talk. He was also accumulating ascites and was very weak.
Maybe it was me being there giving him strength, but during his 3 weeks stay in the hospital, he gradually got better. The doctors and nurses did their magic, he also received bags of fluids, blood, protein, and platelets to keep him going and bring his health back together. Eventually he got a bit stronger, and his health is now slowly back on track, although he is still having ascites. This was 2 months ago.
Now he is still having the same problems, and he is on a very strict diet. Through research on the internet, my family give him organic fruit and vegetable juices everyday, and it has improved his health and overall he just does not feel as tired or feeling fatigue as much as before.
However, just as his health is improving, the cancer is also catching up again. The AFP has been gradually increasing and he was put back on radiotherapy aftersome new spots were found on his liver. The radiotherapy didnt help, the AFP is now abour 260. Hence, the doctors have now offered him more chemo, and also more medication similar to Nexavar (but a different one). The cancer had also spread to his stomach. Now, the dilemma obviously is that the cancer will continue to spread if no action is taken. But if he continues with the chemo, his body will worsen significantly. Is there anyone out there who could provide some sort of advice? Are there any naturalistic approach we can try perhaps? I am praying everyday and I am really desperate to save my dad. He has been and still is very positive and is an inspiration to everyone around him. I only wish there is a way for him to get through this!
helena1981 - Good to know that the AFP is so much lower! I know and understand exactly how you feel right now. I would love to hear from tips from you on what worked for your dad and what books you read.
Happened to come across this website while doing reserach for my father. He's diagnosed with Hep B, Liver cancer spreading to the lungs. The biggest tumour is about 10cm. He is currently on Nexavar for about 1 month. He will be going back for blood test soon. He did not have much side effect, which is probably because we put him on TCM, visiting the chinese physician once a week. TCM had been proved to help cancer patient reduce side effect when he's on chemo. We also gave him Ganoderma lucidum, pollen and Fuciodan. My brother bought the alkaline water device and he is breathing negative ion in the night during sleep. So far we are seeing improvement. I am thinking that veggie diet, ganoderma and fuciodan all makes the blood alkaline, thus helping to fight the cancer cells. I might be wrong.
Keeping my finger crossed for the next CT scan.
Let's keep up the fight with Cancer! We must win!!