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My 65 yr old boyfriend was just diagnosed with liver cancer

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My 65 yr old boyfriend was just diagnosed with liver cancer and hapatitis C. He has a large tumor on his liver. He has been told by an onologist in Portland that they cannot remove the tumor surgically and that chemo or radiation may kill him. Please advise.
JA: Are you keeping a personal medical record while dealing with this?
Customer: We just started one.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Phil's mother and an aunt both died in the their 50's from liver desease.
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 1 year ago
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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 1 year ago

I am sorry about your boyfriend

they should biopsy the liver mass.

it may be a hepatocellular carcinoma.

how sick is he? the liver mass definitely will kill him

if he is not a surgical candidate, he should try radiation and chemotherapy to try to shrink the tumor

does he have medicare insurance?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
No insurance other than Medicare. He just became ill 1 week ago. He is jaundiced, weak, had 4.8 liters parenthentesis yesterday. An oncologist told him chemo and/or radiation would probably kill him within two weeks. He was also told the tumor was too large for surgery.
Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 1 year ago

it is up to him if he wants to try radiation or chemo

the chances for cure are super super low.

he can also have hospice care and comfort care

he may live longer than 2 weeks without treatment.

what does he want to do?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Are there types of chemo or radiation that won't kill him?
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
How long will he survive without any treatment?
Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 1 year ago

you can ask his doctors about

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22941023

Yttrium 90 microspheres for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma

it can be expensive, but it could shrink down his hepatocellular cancer and help his symptoms.

no one can say how long he will live without treatment. only god knows that

he could live a few days, weeks, months, or longer.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Thank you. I read that this treatment is only good for small tumors...
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Would it be beneficial to contact a hepatitis specialist?
Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 1 year ago

it can be used for larger HCC as well.

he should contact a radiation oncology department which does treatment with Yttrium 90 or find a clinical trail for HCC or Y90 for him to enroll into

let me know if you have other questions.

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