My dad has cirrhosis, hep C, and just found out he has five or six tumors in his liver ranging in size from 15mm-2cm. One of the tumors is butted up against his portal vein and the dr. thinks the cancer is probably in his blood as well. He is totally without outward symptoms and in no pain. He had a clean ct scan in Feb. and this cancer was found in the first part of June. Judging with that information in mind, what would be a life expectancy? He has opted out from receiving any treatments. I know you can't say for sure:-(
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replied July 5th, 2010
Unfortunately, although everybody with cancer (and their families) desperately wants to know the answer to this question, no doctor (including me) can say how long any individual patient will survive with their cancer. There are many, many medical factors that affect survival among cancer patients, and doctors are simply notoriously inaccurate in predicting how long patients with chronic diseases, including cancer, will survive. For this reason, when my own cancer patients ask this question (as most of them do), I tell them to take each and every day as it comes, and to consider each day of life on this planet as a blessing.

I hope that your father will remain healthy for a good long time, despite his liver cancer.


Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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replied July 7th, 2010
Thank you for the quick reply. I am sure you get that question every day. I knew I wouldn't get an answer.... and if I did I probably wouldn't have liked it anyway Smile God bless all of us.
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replied July 8th, 2010
Thank you for your kind reply. I wish that I could have offered you a more helpful response, but I think that it is best to avoid "guessing" when it comes to such an important question.

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