Hi, Rodney and welcome! Here I am...the liver cancer survivor they spoke of. I have been cancer free for over 3 years. I had one huge tumor that was 12 cm x 11.5 cm. It was a primary liver cancer that had spread into the inferior vena cava (large vein that comes off the liver.) Shands had said there was nothing they could do. I just didn't feel I could accept that, so I made an appt. at Mayo and they literally saved my life. They treated me with chemoembolization and a study drug, TheraSphere, both of which shrunk the tumor and the metastasized part back into the tumor and killed the right lobe. I ultimately had the rt. lobe of the liver removed. They keep a very good check on me, doing an MRI with Gadolinium every 6 mos., along with blood work and a consult with my hepatologist.
What has been done for your colon cancer? Are they treating it or suggesting surgery or what? Since your liver tumors are much smaller than mine was, you could possibly have cryotherapy or laser surgery. You almost certainly could have chemoembolization. Liver cancer does not respond to the typical systemic chemo. It must be targeted to the tumors.
I was told by Mayo that I had no more than 6 mos. left to live without treatment. Thank goodness, treatment and surgery worked for me. There's no guarantee that the cancer won't return, but meanwhile I've had time that I would not have had otherwise.
Where are you being seen? If you are just seeing oncologists or a GI doc, I would recommend getting a referral to a hepatologist. Get other opinions! What kind of support system to you have?
Meanwhile, eat a healthful diet. Eliminate beef. Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Drink plenty of water. Get a lot of rest. In general, treat your body well.
I generally check the forum every few hours, so if you have any questions I will try to answer.
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