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What is the prognosis for secondary liver cancer?

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What is the prognosis for secondary liver cancer?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Shantal-Mod replied 3 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Hi there.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Hi, yes please
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
where did it spread from?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
We're not sure. It might be the eye. My mum had radiation therapy on the back of her eye and it got rid of the cancer. But it has popped up in the liver. Ultrasound has shown a nodule and some smaller bits on the same area but the doctors aren't sure if that is cancer or just burst blood cells. She had a ct scan today and they are going to discuss treatment on Thursday but I don't know what to expect. I fear the worse.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
If it is metastatic then the prognosis is poor

however, it still depends on the primary tumor.

Sometimes it can still be treated or cured

I would say the prognosis is anywhere from 6 months to 5 years!

Yes, it can vary widely
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Can it be cut out? How can one know if it is metastatic or not?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Yes, it can be cut out and biopsied

That is how we will know.

By a biopsy
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
If not metastatic, and it is cut out, what is the prognosis?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
then it is very good

that should be a cure
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thanks. I hope it isn't metastatic then. What does that really mean? Metastatic?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
It means spread from a distant site or another organ
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Ah man. She has malignant melanoma so it's probably metastatic right? .... If it can be cut out, can this still get rid of it?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
No, it can't

Melanoma has a very poor prognosis

If it is malignant melanoma it is about a 6 months life expectancy

I'm sorry
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I mean she has had malignant melanoma for 4 years. Her eye was a primary cancer. We don't know yet about her liver. If it is primary, is there a good chance it can be removed?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
yes there is absolutely

please don't forget a positive rating. I appreciate it.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Sure, you always get an excellent. Rating from me. With my mums history, is it likely to be a primary? She had some moles removed and told that her eye cancer was not linked to them and that neither were metastatic....
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Then with that history I would say primary
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