lump in dad's chest (deedee48 please read)

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   Posted 11/17/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
There is someone who posted back in Sept. named deedee48 I think. I was wondering if you felt comfrotable(sp) giving me some information on your situation. My dad has had hep c for 50 years, he contracted it thru a blood transfusion when he was born. about a week and a half ago he was rushed to the ER. He currently needs his gall bladder out and has a stint in the bile duct to keep it open. On top of that he has cirrohis(sp) of the liver and they say he is in complete liver failure. They are moving him to Miami University and he will begin the assesment for recieving the transplant. However, he found a lump in his chest about 3 weeks ago. They have told the doc about this, but at this point they say their only concern is his liver. After reading your post I began to worry that this lump could be cancer. I researched breast cancer and liver failure in men and know there is a connection. I tried to talk to my mom about it, but she thinks I'm worrying over nothing... She says that even if it is cancer he isn't stable enough to do anything about it so we are just not worrying about it right now. Also my grandmother on my mother's side had breast cancer and she says the doc told her if the lump hurts, it is usually not cancerous. So I was wondering if your husband had any pain with his lump and what the results ended up being? I'm also wondering if they will check this lump when evaluating his status for a liver transplant? Would cancer then disqualify him for a new liver? I know your not a doctor, nor is anyone else on this site, but I am in Tn and he is in Fl. If my mom doesn't ask the questions then I don't get the answers, and she thinks I am driving myself nuts by researching the disease and being on sites like this. What can you do other than try to find out info???? I hope you read this and are willing to discuss these issues with me. Thank You SO Much!!!!

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   Posted 11/17/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Rachelsmom, I sent an e-mail to DeeDee for you, as I know she's not on the forum much these days.

I can answer one question for you:  I'm almost positive that if your dad has cancer, he will not be a candidate for liver transplant.  He would first have to be successfully treated for the cancer.  The rationale for this is common sense:  Why give a transplant to someone who might die soon?  They want the patient's liver to be very sick but otherwise to be fairly healthy and able to undergo the grueling transplant evaluation and surgery.  I know we had one poster here who was on the transplant list, but had to be put on "hold" when he developed cancer.  He went through radiation, but since he hasn't posted in some time, I'm not sure what his status is now.

The info about a lump being painful is true.  Also, if the lump is moveable, it's most likely not cancerous.  They must be fairly certain that it isn't cancer to be going ahead with transplant evaluation.  So please try not to worry.



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   Posted 11/18/2009 2:06 AM (GMT -6)   

My husband  is hep c  and was placed on the liver transplant list in September this year and is already been put on hold because  a small tumor was found after  treatment for a 3mm size cancer tumor  with chemo. They were going to used radiation therapy but stopped treatment altogether. He is fighting to stay on the list because he is close the top. Cancer outside the liver will be an instant turn down and more than 3 very small lesions is a turn down to be on a list for transplant. Also you’re cell cannot be more that 3mm in size. At least that is how we understand it to be. We had a lot of MRI and CT scans done so they look really close and often at least every 6 months. My husband has had several scans in the last two months. We are hopeful, but know if anything is found it could mean that he is not transplantable. They want to do surgery before it has a change to spread anywhere else. But having cancer puts you higher on the list that if you were not cancerous.

Post Edited (vasquez) : 11/18/2009 12:20:23 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/18/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Rachelsmom,Try to take a deep breath and relax. I know it's hard to do but you need to for your own sanity.
Yes my husband had a lump in his breast and he had several biopsy's on the one lump. Thank God it was not cancerous. The Dr. said it is common for men with liver problems(cirrhosis) to have enlarged breasts . The Dr. was concerned before the biopsy. The procedure was done in radiology and he did not have to have general anesthesia.
I have hep c and i'm on the transplant list. I have cirrhosis,varices,edema,gallstones,portal hypertension,gastritis,I could go on and on. I in the hospital back in Feb. due to severe pain which turned out to be gallstones. The DR. at the local hospital wanted to take it out,I said no not until I talked with my specialist at transplant. My hepatologist told me I didn't need it out at this time and that the surgery it self was not so  risky but the anesthesia is the problem. He stated that general anesthesia slows your organs down and if my liver didn't restart that I would need a transplant ASAP,and the likely hood of me getting one on time was very slim. I still have stones and this to is common with liver problems such as ours. My hepa. Dr. told me if I have problems with my gallbladder to go to the nearest hospital and have them contact my Hepa Dr. and make arrangements to transport me to the university, whick is 1 1/2 -2 hours away from where I live so they can have transplant on alert and be waiting for me. Hopefully the stint will work for your Dad and he wont need it removed.
I hope I was able to help in some way.
Take care and my thoughts and prayers are with you , your Dad and family,
P.S. keep me posted
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