HI Sorry Dr Chip, I hadnt realised the question was not on there.
It is about secondary liver cancer, my mum has just been to a meeting with her oncologist. She has been told she has secondary liver cancer and there is a 10 cm tumor - they said there is nothing they can do other than put her on Zelboraf on Monday. They said this could shrink the tumour significantly and give her more time. I just want to know if there is anything that can be done AT ALL COSTS. We are getting a second opinion as my mum has had melanoma's removed from her skin and theyve always been in situ and not metastatic.
my mum has had a lump removed from her head and was told that was in situ in 2009, in 2011 she had occular growth treated with a plaque fitted to the back of the eye. She was again told this was not as a result of a spread and that the door was closed on that growth and it will not spread. In 2012 she had a small lump removed, that was initially identified as metastatic and she was told all they could offer was palleative care, the sample was sent to a professor in london who completely disagreed and said it was in situ. She has been told by two professors that she has a rare form of malignant melanoma. The oncologist today had a ct scan (which we didnt see) and he is confident it is secondary with an unknown primary and thinks it has spread from the arm growth.
No, she has had an ultrasound which detected the liver cancer.
With this history, could it be primary? On Zelboraf, what is the prognosis, is there anything that can be done, i know zelboraf may decrease the tumor size if she reacts well to it, can it then be removed with surgery then chemotherapy used?? I know there is a chance it will come back but is there a chance it could not, i know my mums cancer is rare but as such should she be given a chance of survival?
Ok - thanks for your honesty.
The consultant said something about a metastatic spread on the ct scan.
I suppose my real question is that if it is secondary from the skin, can there be an 'effective cure' for years rather than months if chemotherapy is used. I understand at the moment it is too big, but will/can the zeboraf reduce the size so it can be operated on? The impression I got today was that the NHS were not willing to go this far and just want my mum to take the zeboraf until it doesnt work anymore and then to die.