Thanks for posting here.
It’s possible that treatments or other conditions can affect liver function which can show in blood tests. However, as you mention that the tumours in your liver have increased in size, it sounds like this may be the reason. Although it’s not possible for us to say what is causing the change.
There isn’t usually anything you personally can do to influence the liver function tests. Your team will monitor the effect of your treatment with eribulin to see if it reduces the size of the tumours. They will also check if it has an effect your blood tests as this this may indicate whether the treatment is working and will also give them information to ensure it’s still safe to continue with chemotherapy.
As everyone’s situation is different, it’s not possible to say for certain whether any side effects you experience may be worse because of your altered liver function. However, your treatment team may be able to answer this more fully.
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ive has secondary breast cancer for 5 years. Hormone treatments kept me reasonable stable for 3 years with bone mets. Then it spread to my liver in June 2018. EE kept me stable for a year. The last 3 treatments of fulvestrant, paclitaxel and capecitabine haven’t worked at all.
I start Eribulin on Friday but bloods taken last Wednesday and yesterday show a high liver function of 51 and 53. I understand normal range is up to 40.
the recent scans showed a significant increase in size of tumours in liver.
Are the readings likely to be high because of the cancer in my liver affecting liver function or because of something else? Can I do anything to bring levels down? If levels don’t decrease is chemo likely to be stopped? Will I suffer worse chemo side effects because of the liver function readings?