Liver Cancer is Us
Earlier in the year, I wrote about my grand-daughter Cassandra, who at the age of three had developed liver cancer, a very aggressive cancer that immediately threatened her life. Chemo has pushed the cancer back but her liver has been trashed. She is now on a liver donor list awaiting a transplant.
Friday afternoon, my husband received news that he, too, has liver cancer. The cancer was found early, two relatively small tumors. His case is complicated by diabetes and pre-existing liver disease (fatty liver/ non-alcoholic cirrhosis).
Anyone here have experience with liver cancer--what to expect, questions to ask? We have an appointment with the surgeon on Tuesday morning and another appointment Wednesday with an oncologist.
Any words of advice would be appreciated.
I wish I had some wisdom to offer you. All I can say is that this is why it is so important that everyone chooses to be organ donors. I am so sorry for what you and your family are going through.
My husband's already nixed the idea of organ transplant. He's convinced that his age (75) and preexisting medical conditions (pancreatic, kidney complications and diabetes) would reduce his chances of recovery to zero. And that's even if a transplant department would approve it.
Our surgical appointment was just cancelled until next week but we're seeing the oncologist tomorrow. Hopefully, we'll get a sense of what the best way forward is considering his overall health.
Like so many things, life has a habit of catching you sideways. The learning curve never ends!