Patient Comments: Liver Cancer - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with liver cancer.

Comment from: UMI, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 30

My youngest sister of 56 years has stage 4 liver cancer. She has been in a hospice for 4 weeks and now her stomach is distended. She started with cancer on her ureter, then her kidney and now her liver stage 4.

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Comment from: Pam, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 21

My husband was just diagnosed with liver cancer yesterday (May 15, 2014), he"s in denial. He"s not a transplant candidate, can"t have surgery due to placement. My husband is 57.

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Comment from: leslie lara, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 19

My husband just passed away from hepatocellular carcinoma. He was diagnosed in August and passed away a year later in March. I can tell you this it is one of the most awful things I had ever experienced in my life, he did not know anything was wrong until he got hurt at work and started having trouble breathing. We thought he just had a cold, It was stage 4 by the time they found it. It is a silent killer in the last 3 day's of his life what killed him was complications due to the liver shutting down In most patients it spread's to other parts of the body. My husbands had spread from the liver to his ribs, spine, shoulder and brain. He also had no risk factors for the disease he never drank or had hep A, B or C, so it hits all walks of life. My husband was 43 and left behind 2 little girls ages 7 and 8. Please get regular checkups and insist they do complete body scans and blood work including the AFP test, to rule out this deadly form of cancer.

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Comment from: gary, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 16

I am a 48 yr old male. Diagnosed with stage two colon cancer, and had a resection of the sigmoid colon - removing 17 inches and a dozen lymph nodes. All was good until my 1 yr colonoscopy/biopsy. It turns out that I have abnormal cells/dysplasia so I got a pet/ct scan which confirmed lesions/tumors on my liver - about 6 of them. So now I am told I have stage 4 colon cancer with liver metastasis. I am not a drinker or smoker and very healthy and fit. I now await a biopsy of the liver and a full pet scan to tell me my fate. The survival rate has to be higher than I am reading. I mean I feel good. so does it just hit me all of the sudden? I have some low back pains, etc, but I am very active. I don't know, but I have to beat this thing, I just have too.

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Comment from: Xmasmiracle, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 22

My brother is dying of Cancer; this was shock a shock to my family because in September we had such a Wonderful family Reunion! He looked so good, was not drinking, had lost weight and had been excising regularly! He went to see his doctor for pain thinking it was from excising to find out he had Liver Cancer and 3 tumors, he could not get a transplant due to those factors. The doctors told him he has 6 to 8 months, but I know it's just a matter of time! My sister's just came back from seeing him and was shock to see all the weight he had lost, he can not keep anything down, he's only on Assure, he is jaundice, his stomach is so blotted. He can not even answer our phone calls, work a cell phone or work his favorite computer. This has been the worst Holiday season! All I can do is listen for the phone, because I know it will be bad news. It's so sad because I wanted to grow old with my brother by my side, now I will only have distance memories. Liver cancer is the worst! All I can say if you have a pain on your right side you need to run to your doctors and have him run all kinds of test, because if you do not catch this symptoms early, you will die. I can only hope for a Xmas miracle, or that sleep for him comes swiftly and that he will rest in peace with no more pain, he will surely be missed!

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Comment from: tarabell, 35-44 Female Published: December 15

My aunt just informed the family about her liver cancer. She is an alcoholic. She has known for a while now and is in the advanced stages. The cancer has spread to her lungs, colon, and brain. She only has about two months left to live. The disease has progressed at a rapid rate and even without knowing that she had it, her symptoms were there. She has lost a large amount of weight, her sight is almost gone, she sweats a lot, she is paranoid, her stomach is swollen and she walks with a limp.

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Comment from: gayle, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 13

Recently my husband passed of liver cancer, for months I told the doctor some things not right. He's losing weight and not eating well. He was an alcoholic for many years; five years ago he quit drinking. The problem however was a touch of cirrhosis. then his doctor put him on a high content of Percocet 8 10 milligrams a day, for the next five years, well low and behold, for four weeks he landed in the hospital, never suspecting liver cancer, a big factor caused by too much Percocet which damaged the liver to no repair. My advice doctors, be aware of your patients conditions and certainly realize what damage you can do to a patient. Unfortunately it was too late for my husband.

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