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Large liver

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:46 pm
by Theresa Upton
Hi, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and liver metastasis in September 2018. I have my 3rd round of chemo ((folirinox) on Thursday and whilst I am managing the chemo well and I appear to be a lot stronger, fitter and well in myself my liver remains quite large...…..will it shrink if the chemo is successful in reducing the size of the tumours in my liver :?:

Re: Large liver

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:21 pm
by toodotty
Um interesting question Theresa. Are the liver tumours particularly large? I am not sure why they would make the liver bigger or if there is something else happening? Are you taking milk thistle to protect the liver? I am pleased that you are feeling fitter and stronger that is indeed a good sign that the chemo is nailing the tumour. It was round 4 that finally got rid of any pain which was lovely. I am due round 11 on Friday but fear it will be postponed because I have had a really bad cold for the last week. I am going to take a leaf out of Kate2101 book and visualise it being superheated and turning to cinders.
I suggest giving the lovely nurses a ring, they will be able to advise.


Re: Large liver

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:00 pm
by Theresa Upton
Thank you Erika, I will try to ring the nurse tomorrow. I have not heard of milk thistle but will look it up. I hope your cold clears up very soon and hat your treatment can resume as soon as, you have done very well to get to round 11. Good luck for Friday.


Re: Large liver

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:43 pm
by toodotty
Hi Theresa,
Milk thistle helps reduce some of the chemo side effects and also protects the liver. Certainly I have not lost my hair this time around and my liver function is almost normal despite all the chemo. So it looks like it is doing something. You can get it in tablet form from local healthfood shops. Best wishes,

Re: Large liver

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:14 pm
by PCUK Nurse Rachel R
Hi Theresa

It's Rachel here, one of the support line nurses. Please do give us a call if you would like to talk more about the enlarged liver that you mention, we'd be more than happy to have a chat. Contact details are in the signature below.

Best wishes,

Rachel Richardson
Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse
Support Team
Pancreatic Cancer UK
support line: 0808 801 0707