malignant liver disease with its the CT scan impression... necrotic lymph nodes?
What treatment at the last stage of liver cancer?
Added 4 May 2013:
My uncle is suffering from this disease since 2 months now the CT scan and biopsy test report says its the last stage. chemotherapeutic agents could not workable because his body cant tolerate any kind of medication or radiotherapy. is it possible if we go for the liver transplant?
I am very sorry to hear about your uncle's liver cancer. I know it is difficult for you and the rest of his family to see him ill. Have you asked his oncologist these questions? You said your uncle was not able to tolerate chemo. Has he had radiation therapy?
Since I am not a medical professional, I can only relate what I have learned through my journey with cancer (multiple myeloma, not liver). From what I understand, organ transplant recipients are screened very closely. Here in the US, the recipient must meet very specific medical criteria to qualify for a transplant. Most often, active cancer will disqualify a person. It might be different where you live, though. So, I suggest that you ask his doctor if he would qualify for a liver transplant.
Other members on this site have had to deal with liver cancer. Perhaps another member can give you more useful information.
If his lymph nodes are necrotic and the liver cancer is end stage, its to late for a successful transplant. My partner had end stage cancer in his liver and he was suffering. He had told me what. he wanted, so that is what happened. He was kept comfortable and out of pain until he died. Would your uncle want heroic measures or has he suffered enough?
Hello. I have been through this with my mother. It is a slow and very painful death. In the USA we have Hospice which can make your father as comfortable and as pain free as possible until he passes. The last few months she took no food (feeding tubes are very painful and she did not want to suffer even longer) and very little fluid. She was given strong narcotic drugs. She had a stroke from the cancer moving through her that affected the right side of her body. Though she lost her speech much of her pain was reduced.
I am very sorry that you and your family are going through this. Pay attention to what he wants or needs, if he chooses periods alone, understand that he is exhausted and often dazed by the medication. He is not rejecting anyone. He will need more and more sleep. It is natural.
Talk to him about a funeral, burial and such. He knows what is happening and it may help all of you start your grieving. Blessings to you and your family. Karen
I am very sorry about your uncle. These people have given you good advice. It is so hard to let go of the things we cannot control. I pray for you and your family. We just don't want our loved ones to hurt. I pray for peace to you and your uncle. My brother died of liver disease. He was in such pain, but, he kept telling us he was going to see Jesus and that was a comfort to us. He told the doctors to give him no more medicine to keep him alive, but, he did want to have the pain meds. I do believe the meds helped him and he knew where he was going when he left this world. I know he is when Jesus. Peace to you and your family.
You have received some excellent answers I just want to add that looking into a transplant can't hurt. Acceptance is important, like Kaismana says, but if you could look into transplant without putting extra burden on him, I say go for it. Information is something you can't have too much of. Bless you and your family.
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