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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Secondary Liver Cancer - what to expect?

    Very hard to keep this short but I'll do my best - partner was diagnosed with colon cancer in Oct 2014, Stage 4 and it had reached the liver but was somewhat under control. After 3 rounds of different chemotherapies, the cancer in both colon and liver had expanded and chemo was dropped as it was dangerous to continue. Ever since, my partner's health has deteriorated quite fast. He has lost a lot of muscle and weight, he can't get out of bed without my help at this point. The doctor mentioned one year would be the most he'd live being optimistic. As of now, due to secondary liver cancer, his skin and eyes are yellow, very little mobility, loss of strength and heavy fatigue. What I would like to know is what else is further down the road so I can prepare for it? I'm assuming he'll eventually lose most of his strength to do anything at all and will just have to be at a hospice...I would appreciate if anyone with a similar case would share their experience. Thanks.
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    Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Thank you very much for your enquiry. 

    Due to the detailed nature of your questions they are quite difficult to answer in an online forum. 

    If you'd like to send your questions through to Bowel Cancer Australia's Advisory Services Team, one of our friendly Nurse Advisors would be very happy to get in contact with you to provide a tailored response and further advice on what you and your partner can expect next.

    The Nurse Advisor will also be able to discuss Bowel Cancer Australia's Peer-to-Peer Support Network with you, which includes a Buddy Program that can connect you with another loved one in a similar situation.  

    Please send your questions through to our team using the web form available at 

    In the meantime you may also be interested to read some of the information available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website including: 

    • Finding Support (incl. Patient Services, Patient Resources, What I Need to Ask, Peer-to-Peer Support Network and Patient / Survivor Stories) - 

    • About Bowel Cancer (incl. Prevention & Symptoms, Tests & Investigations, Diagnosis, Surgery & Treatment, Living with bowel cancer and Secondary bowel cancer) - 

    We look forward to receiving your questions and to offering you some tailored advice. 

    Kind Regards, 
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia 

    Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only. It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder. 

    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor. 

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