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How long can you live with liver failure?

Postby custenhin » Tue May 08, 2012 10:57 am

My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer n had chemo for a year. Now the doc says the cancer has attacked her liver n it has failed and there is nothing else they can do for her. She has had jaundice for the past 2 weeks, even the whites of her eyes are very yellow. No swelling of the abdomen but she's very itchy and very tired. Initially the doc said she could go at anytime, prolly less than a week. That was almost 3 weeks ago. Any help?
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How long can you live with liver failure?

Postby willesone » Tue May 08, 2012 10:59 am

My uncle had liver failure because of his drinking, and survived 3 months before dieing, though he spent most of it in a hospital unaware of any of this.

I am sorry to hear about her D:
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How long can you live with liver failure?

Postby gower » Tue May 08, 2012 11:08 am

The doctors are really the only ones that can give you
and educated "guess" how long the patient may live
based on all your medical tests results, her medical
background, and her response to any treatment given.

When cancer leaves one area of the body and goes
to another area, it is considered aggressive and
becomes harder to treat. They do do chemo and
radiation in the hopes to try to destroy it or put
it into remission to prolong a patients life.
This would be Ovarian cancer metasized to the

If you want a second opinion about the liver cancer...
you could get one from either a gastroenterologist
or hepatologist.

If your mother wants to be at home and the doctors
feel she may not live longer than 6 months...they
may sign for her to have palliative care through
Hospice. A nurse then would come in and be sure
she is kept comfortable without any pain.
You could also contact the Area of the Aging in
your area. They will help the elderly, but sometimes
will help the disabled, also.

Jaundice is caused by Bilirubin. Bilirubin is a
greenish brownish substance made from our dead
red blood cells. The liver would normally take
this bilirubin and convert it to a soluble form to become
part of the bile which flow to the intestines to help
emulsify the fats we eat. When the liver isn't able
to convert the bilirubin, it goes higher in the blood
and causes this coloring...it is also what causes
itchiness. The cells of the liver are what does all
the functions of the liver...this is the very first sign
of a liver cell damage.

This is very hard being with someone and watching
them go through so very much and knowing that
you feel helpless to do much to help them.
Take Care...
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