Advanced liver cancer symptons

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Hi my father in law is at present in hospital with liver cancer..he had his stomach drained of fluid last week and its already filling up again..does anybody know if this is a sign the end is close..mcmillian nurse has told us its a good indication on how long he has left..but how does she know that jus by stomach fillin up wit fluid..

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    Go to Health Sciences Institute website
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    sorry to hear your FIL has cancer.  Im guessing he is palliative and not receiving treatment for the cancer.

    I dont think even a doctor would be able to assess how long someone has, but if a doctor diagnosis a patient as terminal then it should give you access to a number of specialist services, such as Macmillan, to make your FIL as comfortable as possible.  Such as a transfer to a hospice or hospice at home if he would prefer to be at home rather than in hospital.

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    I'm sorry to hear about your father in law.  The build up of fluid is called ascites & you can get info about it on the MacMillan website, I'll post a link for you.  You could also telephone their helpline & get more answers.

     

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    Hi Fozzy. "A good indication" ? I had 2liters drained from my abdomen when my liver failed. I was 41 and was 24 hrs from dead and I pulled through. I drank my way through depression though. I don't know how liver cancer works. the "C" word has no notable beginning or expiration date as far as I know (why put a time limit on anyone's life?). But I'm a glass half full kind of woman. They were already filling me full of morphine for a "comfortable" exit. They put me on an introvenuous drip of Prednisone and this other medication that when I got healthy enough to leave ICU, the liquid form I drank was a thick green liquid. I want to say it was charcoal based. But I know the combination of the two formulas and it's doses are what saved my life. And my liver specialist said it was a combination of the two thru vein only until "out of the woods" then I could drink it. (If that makes sense)

    It made me really sick to my lower stomach. But it worked! I went from needing a liver transplant (which they don't grant for past drinkers) to a completely restored, reborn liver!! I hope this helps. It's not much but I understand the frustration. I hope he gets the treatments he needs.

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      Hi good kitty..so so happy ur on the mend that is fab news.my fil had 5.5 litres drained last wed & is waiting for it to be drined again as he has filled up again bless him..hes 70 and this is his third cancer over the years xx
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    I have not yet had my stomach drained. My family doc no help. Right now bad cold-virus. I still working. Give me your opinion not know what to expect. Also have various veins my throat.
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    Ascites is NOT an indication of mortality time frame. My girfriends aunty has end stage Cirrhosis and was admitted to the hospital with severe bloating and jaundice. She was given at max 6 months to live. That was almost 4 years ago. the MELD score is still the number 1 assesment of life that doctors rely on.
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      MELD score is your accumulated liver function tests that gives you a score which tells doctors how soon you would require a transplant. Google it. Wht she has experienced, as in symptoms? She's been jaundiced since she was first brought to the hospitsal, her stomach is pumped once a week, she has lost all her weight, she has hand flapping, pretty much every single symptom of end stage. She has really bad days because she refuses to take her medication, so she has personality changes from the toxic chemicals building up in her blood. She also has really great days where she is completely coherant and happy. Keep fighting the fight and never give up. When you give up, your body will follow.
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