Patient Comments: Liver Cancer - Diagnosis

How was your liver cancer diagnosed?

Comment from: sonya, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 30

My twin sister 52 went 2 weeks ago having a MRI due to issues of anemia and fatigue, and a past hernia years ago she wanted checked. The results of MRI showed she had cirrhosis of the liver and its enlarged! She has no yellow to skin or eyes and no swelling anywhere. The Dr ordered a Ct scan and found she has a 2.5 CM Tumor located on outside of the liver. The doctors words were it's cancer! When my mom started to cry he then says well now it could be a chance it's not! because if it was a 5 cm they wouldn't have touched it( well this isn't our 1st rodeo on cancer in our family and bullshit of how things are told to us family members and the patient, WE want to know the truth don't sugar coat it keep it real) So the dr is waiting on a bed asap to take out the tumor out at a liver and transplant unit, they said could take 2 weeks. He has also ordered a bone marrow test, well I know that's usually to see if cancer has spread if they have cancer( and he did say she had it).

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Comment from: Mrs. Rich, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 01

My husband is a recovering alcoholic who has not used drugs or alcohol for 30 years. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with liver cancer in June 2010. He had a 5 cm tumor, cirrhosis, history of Hep C. He had portal vein blockage and was not a candidate for most treatments but began taking Nexavar in Sept. He has had several episodes of bleeding and has had banding of esophageal varicies. His abdomen is swollen with acities, he has large hernias. He couldn't tolerate Nexavar by mid November. He nearly died at end of December and taken off all medications. We asked for hospice care in January. They have been fantastic medically, psychologically, and spiritually. They treat the disease, but more importantly to one who has terminal illness, the man. His primary doctor was slow to refer him to specialist, which meant disease wasn't caught until late. But his gastroenterologist, and his hematologist are wonderful. My husband has endured all of the illness with grace and dignity. We will continue with hospice so that he can preserve these qualities. He is grateful for his life and his sobriety. His primary doctor was slow to refer him to specialist, which meant disease wasn't caught until late. But his gastroentorologist, and his hepatologist are wonderful. My husband has endured all of the illness with grace and dignity. We will continue with hospice so that he can preserve these qualities. he is grateful for his life and his sobriety.

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Comment from: sue, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 15

My husband found out in March of 2011 that he had colon cancer. The cancer had spread to the liver and lymph nodes of his stomach. The chemo worked until December 2012, when his doctors said it had stopped working. After they stopped treating him with chemotherapy, the cancer spread quickly to the liver. He passed away about two weeks ago. Doctors don't always know everything.

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Comment from: Blessed Survivor, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

In late August my family physician felt a lump in my upper abdomen and ordered a CT scan that same day. It showed a large mass (heptocellular carcinoma) on my liver and scheduled a resection two weeks later after other extensive tests. The surgeon removed a grapefruit sized malignant tumor that was hanging from my left lobe and a small portion of the liver. My gall bladder was also removed (benign). It has been six months now and so far no chemo has been needed.

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Comment from: 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: September 26

My dad was diagnosed with primary liver cancer in January 2009. He had unusual blood tests and they did an MRI and biopsy to find the cancer. He had 4 tumors. They told him at the time he had 6 months to live if he did not have treatment. He has been having chemoembolization treatments 2-3 times a year and has been doing well since then. In July his latest MRI showed that the cancer is fighting back and the prognosis is not good. They have again given him 3-6 months, perhaps longer if we can be lucky with more chemoembolization. He is currently experiencing upset stomache and shortness of breath. We will shortly find out if the latest treatment has helped at all. I know this is a horrible cancer and the prognosis is not good, but you must keep hope. My dad got more than two years than was expected by getting treatment.

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Comment from: DivaDi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I have hepatitis c and cirrhosis with elevated levels of AFP. Upon my six month check-up due to the higher concentration of AFP an MRI was ordered which showed a small (2cm) tumor.

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