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Liver cancer

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Hi, what is prognosis of someone with bowel cancer spread to liver and lungs?  We are waiting for biopsies results to see how bad it etc but someone said liver cancer always ends badly and to start making memories.   

Carole F - Macmillan

Hi Olaf

Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to our online community.

As nurses on this type of platform we are often asked about prognosis, and it’s one of the most difficult questions to answer. This is because we don’t have access to clinical notes, and, also because each person can be affected differently by their condition. This can depend on age, general health and response to treatment. Two people with the same type and stage of cancer can have a different prognosis. 

It’s usually more difficult to treat bowel cancer that has spread to other areas, like the liver and lungs. When this happens, it’s called secondary bowel cancer, rather than liver cancer. It might be helpful to look at this information on advanced bowel cancer, but it may be better to wait until you’ve been given the results of the biopsies that have been taken. It would be helpful to know what type of biopsy you’ve had, and whether any other tests have been carried out.

Uncertainty about what the future may hold can be difficult to cope with and waiting on test results can be an anxious time. Sometimes it helps to talk things through with one of our nurses. If you think that would help, please give us a call. We’re here 7 days a week, from 8am till 8pm.

Best wishes

Carole – Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist