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Re: Liver resection following bowel cancer relapse

30 Jan 2018 12:43 in response to tigercub

Hello Tigercub and thanks for your post

I see that Harry has told you that meerkat sadly passed away.

I understand that you are going to have a liver resection. You can read more about this type of surgery by clicking here and here.

Many people share their experiences here on the forum so I hope you get replies about this from our forum users who may have had this type of surgery. If no-one posts here you could try some other topic areas.

I hope everything goes well for you.

Kind regards,



Re: Liver resection following bowel cancer relapse

30 Jan 2018 14:27 in response to Miss.mase
Hi. My son in law was in a similar situation With colon cancer. He has colon resection , chemo and then liver resection and was cancer free for a year but then it showed back in the peritoneum and liver again. He survived 8 years with stage 4.

Re: Liver resection following bowel cancer relapse

30 Jan 2018 14:52 in response to CRUK Nurse Celene

Hello thanks for reply .

Re: Liver resection following bowel cancer relapse

18 Oct 2018 16:28 in response to tigercub

Hi Tigercub, I saw your post and was wondering how did your surgery go and how long was your recovery time afterwards? My Dad is in a similar situation, the doctors said they can't see his tumours on the scan so are now happy to operate. He's scheduled for surgery on bowel and liver next Friday, and the doctors have said he will be in hospital for 2 - 3 weeks. The only problem is my sisters wedding is 3 weeks from the day of surgery and he obviously wants to be there to walk her down the aisle. I know everyone is different, but it would be good to get an idea on recovery time? Thanks in advance. 

Re: Liver resection following bowel cancer relapse

19 Oct 2018 10:57 in response to Munion1

Hello and thanks for posting.

I see you've posted in Ask the Nurses, so while you're waiting for a reply from Tigercub, I'll just add a note.

As you say, everyone is very different in their recovery time so it is a bit hard to say how quickly your dad will recover.It will also depend on his general health before the surgery.

Many hospitals are increasingly using the Enhanced Recovery Programme prior to certain operations with the aim to get patients well enough to to return home sooner after their surgery. It's been shown to speed up recovery and reduces the risk of any complications. You may want to read more about it here: on the NHS website.

People stay in hospital for about 2-3 weeks . They will be able to go home as soon as they are mobilising well, coping with any pain and are able to cope at home with minimal help.

Most people will be told a rough estimate for getting over the operation is 3 months.

Tiredness seems to be a big factor, so incorporating gentle exercise, a healthy diet and rest seems to be advised and helps to avoid any complications.

Lifting,stretching and pulling should be initially avoided but can be reintroduced over the coming weeks.

I hope everything goes well with your dad and he is able to attend your sisters' wedding.

If you would like to have a chat with one of us here on the helpline about this, please do give us a ring.The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

All the best 


Re: Liver resection following bowel cancer relapse

8 Nov 2018 15:36 in response to Meerkat@65

Dear Jo,  my husband is in a similar situation to what you have gone through, How are you now?  I really would like to speak or write directly to someone who has experienced this procedure.   I don't know how to send a personal message on this forum?  

He had Colorectal surgery in March 2018 which went really wrong & he almost lost his life. he was rushed back to theatre 3 times! ;(  

Adjuvent chemo was cancelled becuse he had a heart condition, kidney & prostrate problems... sent home with infection and was rushed back to hospital a few times   

He had 3 CT scans since Feb 2018 and no one spot the cancer on the liver until 4 weeks ago I took him to see an Oncologist privately because he has been unwell & an MRI was done which showed the secondary cancer on the liver....   

Suggested was a PET scan, 3 months Chemo, then surgery and 3 months Chemo but after studying the images, they recommend Surgery & maybe chemo after

My husband cancelled his PET scan because he's diabetic and worried that the radioactive gluscose they will injest in him will cause the cancer to spread even more.... does secondary cancers cause by the radiation?

He was told after the PET no kids or pregnant mothers should go near him for 3 hrs, it seems like this is exposing him to unsafe levels of cancer-causing radiation as If it is dangerous to be near him then how dangerous it is for him? 

He is also worried the surgery may cause it to spread as well.... but what other options are there as its at stage 4?

The surgeon can go ahead with Surgery without the PET but the Oncologist said it is necessary to find out if it has spread any where else before surgery.... 

it has been the most dificult time in our lives and its a catch 22 situation... My husband is just recovering.  He has gone through a lot and is scared after the catastrophic surgery in March

We've lost 3 friends to cancer in 3 months, its devastating for us as they quickly deteriorated after chemo

We know every individual is different and what works for one not necessarily will work for another 

Any advice will be appreciated

Much thanks




Re: Liver resection following bowel cancer relapse

8 Nov 2018 15:58 in response to Miss.mase

Hi Clair, i know its been a long time since your post and you may no longer visit this site, I just left a long message tp  Meerkat & only just noticed she passed away.  Can you please let me know how everything went for your husband since my husband is in a similar or worst situation.... 

Thank you very much 


Re: Liver resection following bowel cancer relapse

9 Nov 2018 09:33 in response to samuela

Hello Samuela

Thanks for posting. I see that you've posted in Ask the Nurses, and are waiting to see if a forum member Clair will reply to you.

I'm sorry to read about your husband. If you have any questions or would like a chat you can always  give us a call. Our  freephone number is 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Kind regards,


Re: Liver resection following bowel cancer relapse

11 Dec 2018 23:35 in response to max56

Hi, will they only use ablation if tumours are small? 

Re: Liver resection following bowel cancer relapse

12 Dec 2018 10:15 in response to GillianH

Hello Gillian H,

Thank you for posting a question. 

You are correct, there is a limit to the size of a liver tumour that can be treated by ablation. It usually works best on cancers that are less than 5cm. Ablation also cannot destroy microscopic sized cancers in the liver either.  Another limitation is that it can be difficult to do ablation effectively near very large blood vessels. This is because ablation usually relies on heat and the blood flow from large blood vessels can cool the area making the treatment less effective. It can also be difficult to undertake ablation very close to the bile ducts, as they are very sensitive to heat and can be damaged.

If you have not seen it we have some general information about radiofrequency ablation (the type that is used most often in the liver) here

Although there are limitations it is often an effective treatment and one advantage is that it can be used more than once.

I hope this answers your question. Please get back to us if have any other questions.  If you would like to telephone the number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Kind regards,