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How long can a person live after being diagnosed with cancer ?

My sister had a very large tumor from anal cancer last winter. She got treatment at AAAAAAA Kettering, and they were able to get rid of it through aggressive radiation and some chemo . But there was bad news a month ago, after her last follow up CAT scan - the cancer has spread into her liver and some lymph nodes near her stomach. The doctors gave her no hope, and said all they could do would be give her chemo to try and help prolong her life. She s leaning towards not taking the chemo, because she wants to enjoy what time she has without the downsides of chemo. My question: how much longer can we expect her to live?
Asked On : Wed, 8 Feb 2012
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hello relly sorry to hear about your sister's ailment..since the cancer has spread extensively,especially liver,the prognosis is very bad.exact life expectancy cannot be pointed.It may vary from 1,2 or 6 months.It depends on how much of it has spread to the liver.however in rare cases the pateints can be operated to remove the tumours if there are limited number of tumours in the liver.But in majority of cases,metastasis to the liver is not curable!Just make sure that she is given a good palliative care and do spend a lot of time with her as she needs a lot of psycological support at this time..take care.
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