Patient Comments: Liver Cancer - Diagnosis

How was your liver cancer diagnosed?

Comment from: blindsided, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: April 16

My husband was age 59 when he died in July 2013 from a large tumor in the upper lobe of his liver. He had not had any alcohol for over 24 years, did not smoke and never had hepatitis. He went the gym three days a week and we had been to the gym the day before he got sick. He had just had his annual physical in May, with blood work. He had been to an endocrinologist in June because he had type 2 diabetes and had many more blood tests. Nothing was abnormal. On a Monday morning, he had a pain in his side that got gradually worse, thought it was probably from throwing his granddaughter in the pool both Friday night and Sunday afternoon. The pain got worse, and he called 911, was taken to the emergency room where a CAT scan showed he had a lot of blood in his abdomen, and was taken to emergency surgery. They could not stop the bleeding and he was taken to another hospital where he had 2 more surgeries by a liver specialist. He died 32 hours after symptoms started. The bleeding could not be stopped or blood pressure sustained. The liver surgeon said he had had the tumor for years and it encased his whole liver. No one can explain to me how this could have happened.

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Comment from: John, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

My liver tumor was diagnosed after I was told I had hemochromatosis, with an iron reading of 1200, when my reading should have been around 300. I had many blood tests, but was never tested by my local doctor for iron level study test. Apparently the tumor has been there for a long while. I have had ablation treatment twice in 5 months, now am told there are a lot more tumors now on my liver and that I now have 3 to 6 months to live.

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Comment from: Darryl, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

I am 59 years old. In September of 2010 I was diagnosed with pancreatitis. I don't drink and had my gallbladder removed in 1994. The doctors said they have no idea why I got it. I have been getting sicker over the last six months, and have been hospitalized five times per month. I've lost lots of weight since I was first diagnosed and am sick constantly. I feel like I am a walking skeleton. I have had to give up work totally. I've had MRIs, CT scans, blood tests, X-rays – nothing showed up other than the pancreatitis. In July of 2013 I was told I had cancer (spots) on my liver. They said I had 10 lesions on my liver ranging in size from 1 cm to 2 cm. In my book, those aren't “spots.” I start therapy next week and am hopeful it will reduce the lesions. I can't eat and the painkillers keep me doped up all the time. I am not ready to die and hope that the cancer does not spread. At least one good thing: I don't have any cancer in my pancreas.

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Comment from: Mrs.McK., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

In 2005 I started experiencing pain in my right side, so I told my gastroenterologist about it and he ordered an ultrasound which showed that I had a tumor on my liver, had a biopsy done and it showed that my tumor was benign. My AFP test never was elevated but my LFT continuously was elevated. I had surgery in 2006 to have the tumor removed and the pathology report showed that it was now cancerous. I went on for 5 yrs., having follow up appointments with my oncologist, having blood work done, doing ultrasounds and CT scan and all returned normal, even the ultrasound that I had just had a couple of months before I was re-diagnosed in March 2011, this time I had 5 tumors growing on my liver, I never even experienced any signs or symptoms to indicate that my cancer had returned. I never thought that I would be going thru this again.

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Comment from: maureen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

A shock to me also, told I had 6 months to live, liver and pancreas well advanced in June 2011. I started chemo in July, now it is December last of 6mths treatments. The MRI showed a decrease in Oct of tumors, next week another MRI, so hoping for good results before xmas and I'm not going anywhere soon I recon. I have continual REKI healing and Foot Detox Spa to keep the toxins down. At the moment feeling good and I'm able to keep all emotional levels pretty ok with the help of Reki. Wishing you all better health.

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