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July 22, 2021

How long does a stage 4 liver cancer patient live? A complete guide for stage 4 Liver cancer

Liver cancer stage 4 is the last stage of liver cancer; it has special conditions, symptoms, and particular types of treatment; let’s identify liver cancer first before digging deep into stage 4 liver cancer information.

Liver cancer attacks any part of the liver. The liver is located in the upper right of the belly (abdomen). Liver cancer can sometimes start in your liver (original cancer) or spread from another organ (metastatic cancer).

Liver cancer has 4 stages, from 1 to 4; stage 4 is divided into two more phases, stage 4A, and stage 4B.

How long does a stage 4 liver cancer patient live?

According to cancer research UK, stage 4 liver cancer patients can survive for less than 4 months. It is cured by specific treatment types compatible with its advanced level.

Surgical treatment and liver transplant treatment are not available in stage 4 liver cancer, but doctors can continue to treat the pain and symptoms that liver cancer causes.

What type of treatment works well in stage 4 liver cancer?

The treatment doctors give the patient in stage 4 depends on the cancer stage. One therapy that can work well with stage 4 is immunotherapy, which activates and boosts the patient’s immune system.

Stage 4 has two subcategories:

Stage 4A: Here, the tumor has been found in any size and has spread to lymph nodes but not distant organs.

Stage4B: Here, the tumor has been found in any size and may or may not spread to lymph nodes, but already it has spread to distant organs like lungs or bones.

Stage 4 Liver Cancer Symptoms

Liver cancer patients may not feel any symptoms in the first stages of this cancer type. Further, there’s not always a relation between liver cancer symptoms and its stage; it affects each person individually and differentially.

Symptoms of liver cancer can include:

  • Losing appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Ascites or Abdominal swelling
  • Early satiety, feeling full after eating a little meal
  • yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (Jaundice)
  • Feeling pain in the right shoulder blade
  • Fluids in the abdomen
  • [eeling itch (Generally)
  • Liver enlargement (Hepatomegaly)
  • Spleen enlargement (splenomegaly)

You can know more details about Liver cancer symptoms via this link

In some cases of liver cancer, the malignant lump starts to produce hormones that affect other organs of the body and cause symptoms that include:

  1. Male breast enlargement.
  2. Testicle shrinkage.
  3. High counts of red blood cells can make the patient looks red and flushed (Called (Erythrocytosis)
  4. High levels of cholesterol, which harm and destruct health
  5. An increase in calcium levels causes weakness, confusion, muscle problems, constipation, and nausea (called Hypercalcemia).
  6. Lowering blood sugar levels. It may cause fatigue and fainting.

That’s according to what mentions on cancer.org about the effect of cancer on the other body organs.

Liver cancer stages:

Stages of liver cancer

There are 4 stages of cancer:

Stage 1:

It divides into stage 1A and stage 1B. Within it, cancer doesn’t spread to the lymph nodes or any other organs.

Stage 2:

This stage means that the liver has one single tumor whose size is more than 2 cm or several tumors whose size is less than 5 cm. The tumor in stage 2 liver cancer grows into blood vessels.

Stage 3:

This stage is divided into 2 subcategories:

stage 3A and stage 3B; doctors here select the best treatment therapy based on the best suitable for the case.

Stage 4:

It is the final stage of the disease; as we explained above, doctors offer medication to control symptoms and lower pain by boosting the immune system.

We provide detailed information about the liver cancer stages and the best treatment suitable for them. You can read it and contact us if you have any queries.

Liver cancer types:

Liver cancer types

There are 2 main types of liver cancer, and each one of them has more other kinds:

First: Primary liver cancer, which includes:

  1. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  2. Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer)
  3. Angiosarcoma
  4. and hemangiosarcoma
  5. Hepatoblastoma

Second: Secondary liver cancer (metastatic liver cancer):

Here, cancer spreads in the liver from other body parts like the lungs, breast, stomach, and pancreas. Metastasized liver cancer treatment is based on where is original cancer happens.

What is the impact of Liver cirrhosis on cancer patients?

liver cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis has harmful effects on cancer patients; it prevents many cancer treatments from working and increases cancer chemotherapy’s side effects. Also, it renders patients susceptible to hepatotoxicity. So, if you have liver cirrhosis, taking quick steps to treat it to avoid its dangerous impact on your illness case is better.

Liver cancer has many causes; you can avoid it by avoiding its risk factors such as tobacco smoking, high obesity, and more. Liver cancer has many other causes that you should take quick steps if you have any of its symptoms. Asking for intervention from your health care consultant will help you get the best treatment plans suitable to your case.

To know more about Liver cancer symptoms 

Why should you take care of our liver health?

Because the liver is responsible for major functions in the body, it performs over 500 vital functions, some of which are:

  • It filters all body blood.
  • It breaks down poisonous substances like alcohol and drugs.
  • It produces bile which helps digest fats and carries away waste.
  • It regulates blood sugar levels.
  • It regulates Blood Clotting
  • It creates essential nutrients
  • It Processes Glucose
  • It Stores Vitamins and Minerals
  • It regulates Amino Acids
  • It produces Albumin
  • It resists Infections

Feel free and contact us to make a checkup on your liver illness case, and if you are in a late stage, don’t hesitate to contact us to provide you with the best suitable treatment plan for your liver cancer case.

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