Sick Mother

@RhodaK (177)
United States
July 16, 2010 7:11am CST
My mom was just diagnosed with a tumor in her liver. They are going to do a liver biopsy and if it is benign they are just going to leave it in and "keep there eyes on it". I can't understand this at all. She is almost 84 years old, but in good health otherwise. I just can't see the point of not just taking it out before it becomes a problem!!!!
7 responses
@oldchem1 (8144)
16 Jul 10
I do hope that everything goes well for your mother. If the tumour is benign it would probably be more dangerous to operate on a lady of 84 than to 'take the chance'. Best wishes to your mother and I hope all goes well
@oldchem1 (8144)
16 Jul 10
I have just found this link which may help - it seems that these benign tumours are quite common http://www.procto-med.com/benign-liver-tumors/
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
13 Aug 10
I'm sorry to hear about your mother. I agree with your doctor. If the tumor is benign, leaving it there is much better. I have heard of cases wherein when a tumor is touched then complications follow. Plus of course your mother is already 84 years old. Her body might have a hard time coping with the surgery she will be undergoing. I really hope the tumor is benign.
@abhi000 (235)
• India
27 Jul 10
I hope that it can cure by medicine but it very difficult to operate your mother because it she almost 84 years old.Better to prefer medicine rather than operation her and don't worry its a common disease.
@jonnah91 (63)
• Philippines
17 Jul 10
My prayers are for all the sick. Hope your mom will get well soon. Just be strong and trust the people caring your mom.
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
17 Jul 10
If it's benign, it would do more harm than good to mess with it. First of all, surgery is to be avoided if at all possible, Second, doctors don't want to mess with the liver unless there is no other choice. I have a piece of a surgical impliment embeddid in my liver from a surgical accident that has been there for many years now. The doctors won't try to remove it because it could cause serious damage to the liver, and since it's not hurting anything, we just let it alone.
@grkelly (1216)
• Malta
16 Jul 10
I am sorry about this. My grandpa who is also 88yrs old was diagnosed with a tumor too. The doctors made him go through chemo and other treatments but they decided to leave everything as it is and not operate as long as it is not becoming bigger. it is a difficult situation of course as any medical problem is, but in these cases where an old age is involved it seems to be teh most viable option medically speaking. I hope everything will turn out well for your mum.
• United States
16 Jul 10
I agree with oldchem1. It is better for your Mom, or anyone no matter what age, to not be open up. surgery is not a quick easy fix. There are many things that can happen even with a "simple" surgery. If the tumor is benign then it will most likely stay that way. Good Dr.'s are always looking out for the best interest of the patient; not "How much money can I make off this person?" like some people like to suggest. You are lucky to still have your Mom. I lost my parents when they were both in their 70's to cancer. I hope your Mom lives to be over 100!!