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My elder sister has been admitted in Kolkata Medical collage with a problem of liver metastasis after having a full abdomen CT scan. He had some problem of osteoporosis of spine which has been detected after a MRI is done but in MRI it is also reported the same thing that metastasis of tumor. Doctors over there are still under searching the source of this tumor which has been scattered. Report of Endoscopy has given the same symptom. Now doctor is advising to have colonoscopy by 5th September i.e. Day after tomorrow. My question is: should we now consult with an oncologist though medical college is suspecting but not sure that it is a case of oncology.

Dr. Nikhilesh Borkar 95% (807 ratings)
MBBS, M.S. General Surgery, M.R.C.S. England, M.Ch. Surgical Oncology, DNB Surgical Oncology, FEBS Surgical Oncology, DNB General Surgery, MNAMS, FMAS, FIAGES, FAIS, FICS, FEBS Breast Surgery, FACS, Fellowship IFHNOS & MSKCC USA, Fellowship in breast and oncplastic Surgery
Oncologist, Mumbai
Colonoscopy may be worth doing. Liver mets can be from tumour of pancreas, colon, stomach, gall bladder, lung, Breast and rarely melanoma I would suggest a biopsy of liver and IHC to get an idea about the primary. Other test to do is pet ct scan Some also get an upper GI and colonoscopy Feel free to contact me directly if you want to discuss this further.
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Does cardus marianus work for liver cancer patients who got chemotherapy earlier which not showed much improvement?

Dr. Jatin Soni 95% (39476 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
As of now plan for palliative treatment and cardus marianus can be given but after clinical examination
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Can Liver Cancer Be Found Early?

Dr. Amit Jain 91% (61 ratings)
MCh - Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery, MBBS, MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Noida
Can Liver Cancer Be Found Early?

Screening is used to look for cancer before you have any symptoms or signs.If you know you have  risk factors for liver cancer such as cirrhosis most commonly caused by alcohol abuse, other causes are Obesity, NAFLD, and diabetes, viral hepatitis (types B and C), too much iron in the liver from a disease called hemochromatosis, and some other rare types of chronic liver disease,then it is extremely important to talk with your doctor about whether you should be regularly screened for liver cancer.Finding a cancer before any symptoms have developed will increase the chance of successful treatment, Screening options include testing the blood for a substance called alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), which may be produced by cancer cells, or having imaging tests like an ultrasound.

 

What is the Life of stent in the bile duct (intestine) the patient having tumor there. And if this cancerous tumor is not treated then what are the chances of survival of the patient?

Dr. Sandeep Nayak 93% (43 ratings)
MBBS, DNB Gen Surgery, DNB Surgical Oncology
Oncologist, Bangalore
Plastic stent works for 3 weeks. A metal stems for 6 months. If the cancer is operable, better to get surgery done. That is the only curative option.
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Who Is Not The Right Candidate For Liver Transplant Surgery?

Dr. Rajiv Lochan 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, FRCS (edinburgh), MD - R & D, FRCS Intercollegiate
Liver Transplant Surgeon, Bangalore
Who Is Not The Right Candidate For Liver Transplant Surgery?

The liver has a significant role to play in metabolism and digestion. The failure of a liver can lead to significant health issues. There are some causes for liver failure, which cannot be treated with medications. In these people, a transplant, which is replacing the diseased or injured liver with another liver, is the only definitive treatment option.

Some conditions which can require a liver transplant are:

Types of transplant:

  • Living donor transplant: In some patients, partial liver can be removed from a close family member and transplanted into the affected individual. The liver is known for its regeneration ability, and over time, will grow in the recipient.
  • Cadaveric transplant: Immediately after death, a liver can be removed and transplanted.

While the concept of a transplant sounds quite convincing and appealing for those with a severe liver disease, it is also important to note that not all would qualify for a liver transplant. The conditions which would disqualify a recipient are discussed below:

  • Significant heart disease: Those with severe coronary artery disease, valvular disease, cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, and cardiomyopathy are not candidates for a liver transplant.
  • Severe lung disease: Those with poor lung perfusion do not qualify for a liver transplant.
  • Advanced age: Greater the age, lesser the survival rates. So, people aged more than 70 are usually not considered for a transplant.
  • Obesity: A person with a BMI of more than 35 is often not a good candidate for a transplant. The overall health should be managed in these people.
  • Malnutrition: On the other extreme, severely malnourished individuals are also not considered for a transplant.
  • HIV infection: A person who is HIV-infected does not qualify for a liver transplant.
  • Substance abuse: Anyone who is actively abusing alcohol and/or substances is definitely removed from the list for a transplant.
  • Metastasis: If a patient is looking for a liver transplant due to hepatic cancer, it is essential that the cancer is contained. If it has spread to various parts, then containing it would be difficult, and a transplant may not succeed.
  • Multisystem organ failure: Other than heart and lungs, even people with poor renal function are not ideal candidates for a liver transplant.

A detailed liver recipient evaluation assessing the severity of liver disease, chances of survival, and overall health are done before a person is listed for liver transplant. This evaluation ensures a better success rate with the transplant.

My mother has cancer 4th stage, she has colon tumor cancer spread liver and whole belly, if any alternative medicine please suggest me?

Dr. Nikhilesh Borkar 95% (807 ratings)
MBBS, M.S. General Surgery, M.R.C.S. England, M.Ch. Surgical Oncology, DNB Surgical Oncology, FEBS Surgical Oncology, DNB General Surgery, MNAMS, FMAS, FIAGES, FAIS, FICS, FEBS Breast Surgery, FACS, Fellowship IFHNOS & MSKCC USA, Fellowship in breast and oncplastic Surgery
Oncologist, Mumbai
The prognosis of fourth stage colon cancer depends upon the type of cancer and the amount of spread. If few metastasis to liver or lung, then they can be resected after giving chemotherapy. If the metastasis are unresectable, then Chemotherapy with or without targeted therapy may be given. If peritoneal disease is present then some people recommend cytoreduction with intraperitoneal chemotherapy, which may prolong her life, but it has multiple side effects and cost is also high. I would be able to opine better if you could share the reports. Feel free to contact me directly if you want to discuss this further.
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My mother 50 years old she has liver cancer which is spread whole belly if any surgery to cure this? Is any chance to cure or stable?

Dr. Nikhilesh Borkar 95% (807 ratings)
MBBS, M.S. General Surgery, M.R.C.S. England, M.Ch. Surgical Oncology, DNB Surgical Oncology, FEBS Surgical Oncology, DNB General Surgery, MNAMS, FMAS, FIAGES, FAIS, FICS, FEBS Breast Surgery, FACS, Fellowship IFHNOS & MSKCC USA, Fellowship in breast and oncplastic Surgery
Oncologist, Mumbai
Liver cancer with ascites due to peritoneal metastasis is usually considered inoperable. Only palliative therapy with targeted therapy like sorafenib may be considered. (works in HCC, not cholangioca) Feel free to share the reports and to contact me directly if you want to discuss this further.
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Begin Liver Tumors - Ayurvedic Remedies That Can Help Controlling it!

Dr. Srinivasa Debata 90% (299 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), BTCM, DTCM
Ayurveda, Bargarh
Begin Liver Tumors - Ayurvedic Remedies That Can Help Controlling it!

Liver tumors are abnormal growth of tissues or cells on or inside the liver. Benign (harmless) liver tumors are those that are non-cancerous in nature and do not spread to other organs of the body. The three most common types of benign liver tumors are hemangiomas, hepatocellular adenomas, and focal nodular hyperplasias. Hemangiomas are the most common of all benign liver tumors and they are masses of abnormal blood vessels. The focal nodular hyperplasias are less common and are generally found in women in their 20s and 30s.

The hepatocellular adenomas are the least common and affects women who are of childbearing age. Some of the signs and symptoms of benign liver tumor include weight loss, fatigue, loss of appetite, and swelling of the stomach. These tumors are not cancerous and may not cause pain in a majority of the cases. Therefore, its detection is normally not easy and it can be diagnosed only through ultrasound, CT test, or MRI scan. When the tumor becomes cancerous, surgery is the only option but before that, it can be cured with medicines. Allopathic medicines are harsh in nature but Ayurveda remedies are gentle and assure permanent relief.

Here are some Ayurvedic remedies that are beneficial for benign liver tumors.

  1. Haldi (Turmeric): Haldi has strong liver protection properties and it also helps with the regeneration of liver cells. It has anti-liver cancer agents called curcumin that fights against tumors and keeps them from turning cancerous.
  2. Green Tea: Hailed as the storehouse of antioxidants, green tea carries polyphenol compounds such as ellagic acid and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which have tumor-fighting properties. They reduce the size of benign tumors and also keep the formation of new tumors in check. It kills the cells responsible for causing cancer.
  3. Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum): Milk thistle contains a flavonoid called silymarin that safeguards the liver from toxins. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that boost immunity and reduce swelling of the liver. It fights DNA damage and also reverses the growth of benign tumors. Even the tumors that have turned cancerous can be treated with milk thistle.
  4. Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana): It is very effective in reducing the risk of cancer. Possessing antibacterial, antioxidant, and antifungal properties, it fights against a variety of infections and also strengthens the immune system. It carries a compound called xanthones that has cancer-killing properties. It leads to an action called apoptosis that causes the death of benign as well as cancerous cells.
  5. Giloy: Carrying strong anti-cancer properties, giloy causes antioxidant activity in the body that reverses the damage done by the abnormal growth of cells. It possesses chemical compounds that also prevent cancer.
  6. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): A strong anti-cancer herb, ashwagandha slows down the formation of the abnormally growing tumor cells. It also kills the cancer cells and if someone has had a chemotherapy for cancer, then it protects the normal cells from the damage done by chemotherapy. It also prevents the formation of treatment-resistant cells in the body, thereby, making chemotherapy a success.

Benign liver tumors can be treated if they are detected on time and therefore if the diagnosis confirms tumor, one should take the recourse to remedy. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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My mother has liver cancer which spread full belly, is any chance to cure? What can I do pls suggest me?

Dr. Rajeshwar Singh 89% (64 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Oncology
Oncologist, Mohali
Dear lybrate-user sorry to hear about your mother's illness is she having cancer of liver or of any other organ which has spread to liver as lines of treatments are different. If the disease is of liver and has spread to whole of abdomen then in that case cure is not feasible but she can be given treatment which can give her time in terms of years depending on diagnosis please do not loose heart consult your cancer specialist.
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