Jan 28, 2004 - 3:18 pm
Hi there. An acquaintance of mine has primary liver cancer, and he is only 31. His symptoms included feeling unwell, jaundice, pain in back & some abdominal bruising, and A LOT of weightloss. Dr's are operating today to remove a large portion of his liver (he has 4 tumors) and he is on a transplant wait list. I've heard that most people with liver cancer die within 3 to 6 months of diagnosis. Do you think that there is hope, as they are actually going to operate? If there was absolutely no chance for survival, wouldn't they just treat it with palliative measures, rather than performing such an invasive, risky and painful surgery? Symptoms usually show in the later stages of this disease...but is it possible for symptoms to show earlier, depending on things such as tumor location, etc? Any advice you could provide is greatly appreciated! Thank you all!