Patient Comments: Liver Cancer - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with liver cancer.

Comment from: Pat, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 26

My mother has liver cancer. I realize that she is in the last stages because she has extreme swelling and jaundice has set in. Her doctor told me today that there is no other treatment. She has battled colon cancer for 3 years, and she has fought a hard battle. After having surgery and chemotherapy, the cancer still spread to her liver about a year ago. After reading several of the comments, I am trying to prepare for the worst that is yet to come. She is on a high dosage of pain medicine, but every day she needs more. She only weighs 82 pounds and can barely walk now. It is so sad to see her waste away to nothing. She is so swollen and is in such pain that she can hardly stand to be touched. This may sound selfish, but I hope that God will take her in her sleep so that her suffering will end.

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Comment from: AnnaKaye, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 10

This is exactly how my dad died a few weeks ago. He was on so much pain medication for other health issues, I believe that is why he didn't feel the pain earlier on. He passed 7 weeks after he found out. He went to the doctor with severe abdominal pain. The doctors said it was caused from getting hepatitis from earlier drug needle usage.

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Comment from: Yash, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 25

My aunt is suffering from liver cancer. In connection of treatment,we have been through some websites we found that soursop/graviola fruit is used to reduce the cancerous cells . I shall be grateful if anyone of you can share your views in this regard . I shall be highly obliged.

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Comment from: Kowboy's Girl, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 22

My husband, 51 years old, was diagnosed with Hepatocellular Carcinoma on October 1 and passed away on November 15. They told us that he had 2 - 4 months to live. Prior to that, my husband was a relatively healthy active man. His first sign of illness was esophageal bleeding at the end of August, and subsequent bleeding 3 times in September. We were transferred to another hospital for a TIPS procedure when the cancer was discovered. We were told that treatment versus non-treatment would improve the quality of life that he had left. My husband took the oral chemo for 20 days and he lived for a total of 45 days. I will never know whether the chemo accelerated his liver failure or not. It took 15 days for the side effects to kick in and he was only off of it for three days before he passed away. We can always be thankful that he didn't suffer at the end and he passed away at home.

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Comment from: tinjay3, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 15

I went to Jacksonville to get my brother on November 8th. His stomach was very swollen at the time, and his eyes were yellow. I did not know what was going on. On the 10th, I took him to the emergency room where he was admitted and his stomach was drained. We were given a referral to another hospital. A lot happened in between that time; however, he was admitted to this referral hospital on that Tuesday. I walked in on the doctors telling him that he had liver cancer and that there was nothing else they could do for him. In short, my brother passed away early Saturday morning the 29th. I had exactly three weeks with him. I'm beginning to learn more of this disease and how devastating it can be.

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Comment from: Lonely Wife, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 24

My husband passed away almost one year ago from liver cancer. It all started in June with stomach pains, and we were told he had a 2 cm spot on his liver with enlarged lymph nodes in his stomach. We then were told his alpha feta protein was high. The doctor said it was liver cancer, then retracted that and just kept telling us he was progressing OK. Over the next few months, he had vertigo, major muscle cramping and a mass on his colon. In November, I got a call from his work that he had collapsed and was not waking up. At the emergency room, they said it was his blood pressure and sent him home with a BP of 79/50. Three weeks later, he had a seizure at home, and we made the final trip to the hospital. They told me he had hardening of the brain arteries. His colon ruptured on Christmas Day and he had emergency surgery. He was in a coma for five days before I took him off of life support. He ended up with MRSA in his bloodstream. Now, mind you he only had a 2 cm spot three months earlier. So my advice to everyone is: get a second, third, or forth opinion before it is too late.

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