Any hope for ESLD?

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/26/2009 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, new to the forums.
I'm very into nutrition and the wonderful benefits of eating well... but I also know the body has its limits.
When I was diagnosed with liver cancer 4 years go, I went on a juice fast for 2 weeks (carrots, spinach, celery and cabbage) and when I got checked again they were shocked at my results, and the doctor told me they must have gotten the bloodwork wrong the first time (even though I was told by 2 different doctors I had the same result: liver cancer).

Anyway, the juice fast worked well for me but I was in an early stage. Does anyone know how its does with ESLD? My dad was told by his doctor that he has no liver function, which I don't understand... I've never heard of someone living while their liver isnt functioning!? But I can't help but think he must have some liver function left, and if we could just get that small part to heal... I know I'm probably too optomistic here, but I feel like I have to try everything. At worst he would feel better from the nutrients and die in less pain, at best he could live until he gets a transplant. Thoughts or experiences welcome. I'm not big into herbs, so we're trying to stay away from those. He still is on milk thistle but thats it. I am still in the denial process here, obviously, but I just can't give up my Daddy without a fight.
Thanks for the help

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 11/26/2009 3:12 AM (GMT -6)   
77Stevens, welcome to the forum!  Congratulations on your cancer remission!  I also had liver cancer, but had to go through a couple of treatments to shrink the tumor and then had the entire rt. lobe removed.  After that, I became very conscious of what I eat.  I avoid red meat and eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies.  I believe the veggies you ate could be just as good for you raw or steamed and not juiced...but I suppose you can intake more if they are juiced.  Have you tried this with your dad?  I have hep C and my liver enzymes are normal for the first time in years.  I can only attribute it to diet.  Of course, I don't drink alcohol or take illegal drugs, and I quit smoking 7 yrs. ago.  Your dad may as well try a healthful diet.  It can't hurt and will at least boost his immune system.  I also recommend at least 500 mg of vitamin C daily and a multivitamin w/o iron. 
If it becomes necessary, he could be referred for transplant evaluation.  We had another poster recently who said his family member was told there was no liver function.  I, too, find this impossible to believe if someone is living.  Usually, they will say there is 10% function. 
Does your dad have ascites (fluid in the belly) or esophageal varices?  What symptoms is he currently having?
Again, welcome!

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Post Edited (hep93) : 11/26/2009 10:34:30 AM (GMT-7)

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