|DESPERATE TO FIND TREATMENT FOR ADVANCED HCV AND LIVER CANCER
Sep 26, 2003
In brief, my girlfriendfs father was recently diagnosed with advanced stage HCV, and possibly liver cancer. He is Vietnamese, and approx. 65 y/o. The liver specialist said that because he has a 9cm tumor in his liver, and there are signs of cirrhosis, there is nothing more they can do. Also, his feet are very swollen, and his stomach is becoming so enlarged that he looks like he is pregnant. The Dr says that he has about 6 months to live. Is there really no hope at all? I donft want to accept that answer, and am desperately trying to find a treatment option.
Lab results out of range: HDL CHOLESTEROL 28 (L) LDL CHOLESTEROL 137 (H) CHOL/HDLC RATIO 6.5 (H) IRON BINDING CAPACITY 198 (L) SATURATION 58 (H) CALCIUM 8.4 (L) ALBUMIN 3.1 (L) BILIRUBIN, TOTAL 4.9 (H) ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE 323 (H) AST 120 (H) ALT 100 (H) RED BLOOD CELL COUNT 4.11 (L) HEMOGLOBIN 10.2 (L) HEMATOCRIT 32.4 (L) MCV 78.7 (L) MCH 24.7 (L) MCHC 31.4 (L) RDW 18.9 (H) PLATELET COUNT 61 (L) ABSOLUTE LYMPHOCYTES 645 (L)
Response from Dr. Dieterich
There is relatively good treatment for hepatomas nowadays. There are ways to inject them with alcohol, radiate them, or use intra arterial chemotherapy. It would not be curative, but could certainly extend his life. You should contact your nearest major medical center usually affiliated with a liver transplant center. Wish him luck! DTD
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