A friend of mine has breast cancer with, amongst others, secondary liver cancer. She has been fighting for 7 years but she is finally restricted to her bed. She has just been put on fentanyl to relieve her pain and her abdomen is very swollen and her legs are swollen too. She has great difficulty moving in bed or on her feet and she is developing a rash on her shins. She is hardly eating - everything is unpalatable to her.
Can anyone give an idea of how much longer her suffering is likely to last? I know that this is difficult because every case is different but it would be useful to have some feedback.
Sorry to hear this about your friend! She already has damaged liver because she developed signs and symptoms of liver malfunction. That happens in the late stages of disease. She probably has mild or no jaundice (a yellowish discoloration of the skin and the whites of the eyes) and if the jaundice progressively worsens there are only couple of weeks before she dies. Also, before she die may become confused and drowsy as toxins accumulate in her brain, a condition called liver encephalopathy. No one can live without functional liver due to its important role in our body.
Some of these symptoms seem familiar with my dad's situation as well. My dad's liver cancer has caused kidney failure. I think there's internal bleeding. There's a huge bruise on his waist and some bruises on his belly.
Under his belly is filled with fluid, which is the reason to why his belly is so huge and bloated. It doesn't seem like there's much time for him left, so I must find a cure quick!
My mother has advanced cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in Nov 08. Only 8 months later (and after treatment) she was diagnosed with secondary liver and bone cancer...She has not been given a prognosis but has also not been classified as 'terminal'.
HOWEVER...after her 2nd cycle of Chemo, she was rushed to hospital with a vascular rash covering over 50% of her body, severe sweating, confusion and extreme drowsiness. We were informed she had contracted an infection and chemo would no longer be an aid in treating her of the cancer. She still has a high percentage of liver function. Are there any suggestions to this case and how long she may have left? We were told days if she can't fight infections, but without treatment, how long?
Im very sorry to hear. My aunt died last january of liver cancer as secondary to pancreatic cancer. it advanced very quickly when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic and liver cancer she was given about 6 months but died in about 2. Jaundice set in about 2-4 weeks prior to her death and within the last week she was bed ridden couldnt eat or keep down many fluids she was incoherent the last 48-72 hrs of her life and couldn't get comfortable though she wasn't responding to stimulus (touch, speech) odds are it wont be too long. Again Im very sorry. Im also not a doctor but do hope their suffering subsides soon:)
I HAD: invasive ductile carcinoma, estrogen receptor positive; negative for progesterone receptor; HER2 negative. CT/PET scan Feb 10, showed METS to the LIVER, confirmed with image guided liver biopsy. I know this is not liver cancer, but I AM IN REMISSION NOW. Oncologist did not give me a good prognosis originally. She said it was very aggressive cancer.
I was blessed to find the Budwig diet/protocol (google it). I started the protocol on March 8, 2010. To get to the good news: Latest CT/PET scan May 10, 2010 came back clean. My PET/CT SCAN shows NO CANCER. The metastic lesions that I had in the liver have decreased in size and intensity. ONLY one of three lesions shows at all, and is very decreased no longer demonstrating significant radiotracer uptake. The other lesions no longer demonstrate radiotracer uptake at all. No new lesions identified anywhere!
The onc says I am in remission!!! I don't need to go back until two months from now, and that will be only for blood work.
For me, the Budwig protocol is not just the food, it is the SUNSHINE, laughter, love, meditation, music, and FAITH. Let the anxiety flow out of your body. It seems difficult, but we can do it. I realized when I was first dx'd "terminal" cancer, that we all owe God a death. We don't know when or how. I just wanted to make sure that the rest of the time on this earth should be as healthy as possible in order to enjoy my family. And talk about stress, on March 1 (the same week of the Stage IV dx) I was told that I was on a resource action (I was being let go, no more health insurance) I kept positive and focussed on what I loved on this earth. Keep your faith. I believe what the great book says: we were not given a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline. The Budwig protocol helped me get my body ready for the fight against the cancer.
It won't hurt to take a look, if you are willing to give it a try.
my sister initially had breast cance then secondary bone cancer now has liver cancer. at the moment she is surprisingly well with not much pain which the consultant cant understand. he has given her 2 mths before she will need a hospice but is willing to try chemo in injection if her heart is strong enough?? if she has the chemo (which is doubtful to work) will it make her so sick she wont be able to fight it? this could give her 12 mths but with what quality of life??