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Suggest Treatment For Fibrolamella When It Is Terminal

Please help. My mum was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer called (excuse the spelling mistake)...fibrolamella, in December 2010. Two weeks ago after receiving two doses of chemo was told that the cancer was spreading within the six weeks of them last scanning the area. She was told that there is nothing they can do and also reported that it is terminal (between 2 and two and three years). She is 73 and looks amazing, her outlook on life is one to be admired and she herself feels well. Please tell me, honestly what the worse and best case scenario is. What shall we expect in her decline in health? Thank you so much
Fri, 28 Aug 2015
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Thanks for writing in.

Fibrolamellar cancer is a type of liver cancer depending on the pathological appearance of the liver. If it is in advanced stage, the patient might survive from 6 months to 2 years with recommended care and support. At 73 years her general health might be difficult to maintain and this might affect the survival of the patient.

You have mentioned that she feels well and therefore attempts should be made to maintain her wellness and general health. She should be getting adequate pain relief and mental support. In the above case the best situation will be if she can maintain her health for next 2 years. The worse will be if her health goes down in 6 months. Please do not worry.
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Suggest Treatment For Fibrolamella When It Is Terminal

Hi, Thanks for writing in. Fibrolamellar cancer is a type of liver cancer depending on the pathological appearance of the liver. If it is in advanced stage, the patient might survive from 6 months to 2 years with recommended care and support. At 73 years her general health might be difficult to maintain and this might affect the survival of the patient. You have mentioned that she feels well and therefore attempts should be made to maintain her wellness and general health. She should be getting adequate pain relief and mental support. In the above case the best situation will be if she can maintain her health for next 2 years. The worse will be if her health goes down in 6 months. Please do not worry.