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Liver and Kidney Failure



My father was diagnosed with Liver Cancer about a month ago and transplant, surgery or chemo/radiation are not options for him. He has been taking a new drug called Nexavar. We don`t know how the drug has been working due to we had an appointment this week but he`s since been hospitalized. Now we have found out that his liver of course has failed but now his kidney is failing. His eyes are Jundice, but he is talking and carrying on conversations. I`m confused? How long can you survive when both your liver and kidneys are failing? Thanks in advance. A confused daughter.


You cannot live long with such dual organ failure. From what you tell us, I doubt this is due to Nexavar. When one develops liver failure, it is common for the kidneys to start to fail, one talks to the other.

I am sorry to hear this. I would spend as much time with your dad as you can.

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Steven  M Rudich, MD, PhD, FACS Steven M Rudich, MD, PhD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Director of Liver Transplat and Hepatobiliary Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati