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Have liver cancer which is in the final stage. Is there no treatment at all?

My mother has liver cancer. They have said its not treatable. She is on a feeding tube and has another tube to pump her stomach since she can no longer go to the bathroom. They looked for any form of blockage and were not able to find one. They said that her intestines have shut down. The hospital is sending her to a nursing home saying they have done all they could. My dad is too afraid to ask and I have not seen the doctor myself to ask the question but is my mother in the final stages of cancer? Would or could this stage last for months to a year? I know that is hard to say but should we be preparing our father and ourselves for the final days?
Thank you for your help during this time.
Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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Oncologist, Radiation 's  Response
Hello
Welcome to HCM
Liver cancer is very aggressive tumor and difficult to treat. .In advanced stage she can have multitude of problem all over body.
In this stage treatment will be mainly palliative meaning using drugs to relieve the symptoms she is having like pain and nausea.Regarding life ;in advanced stage liver cancer it is measured in months.

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General Surgeon Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein's  Response
Hi and welcome to HCM. Thak you for your querry.
I am sorry about your mother. Unfortunately liver cancer is one of the most serious tumors. If it is inoperable it means that it infiltrated and metastasised to surrounding organs. Life expectancy after that is short, usually only few months(2-6) especiailly if she has jaundice,ascites and poor general health. YOu should treat her symptoms and control pain,everything else isnt in your hands but dont lose hope. There are reported cases that patients lived even 1-2 years after such diagnosis,but maybe it is more important to make her feel complacent in these hard days.
WIsh you good health.
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