Seasheller if you're still out there, just wanted to say my husband was told by three oncologists that his tumor was inoperable and chemo was the only possibility, then when he had no results from that, the oncologist sent him for a consultation with a surgeon who has a lot of liver experience, & the surgeon said it was operable, at least worth trying. So Tom had it out in Jaunuary; gave up a part of his liver too, is finally starting to feel more normal and active. So I know that everybody is different, but just wanted to say that even "inoperable" can be challenged, but not in every case. I think with my husband, the tumor was in a precarious place and he found one surgeon willing to "chance it." Also this dr. found lots of gallstones, which were apparently a source of pain and heartburn and those symptoms have almost disappeared. Hubby just had follow up CT and PET scans, will get results soon.
The doctors do use that terminology, if nothing new shows they say the disease is "quiet" and if some new growth shows, they call it "hot spots" or "things are moving." Tom diagnosed in June, had no treatment all summer, in Sept scans showed no change, so the onco said, "This disease is a slow mover" but then three months later, after chemo, the liver tumor had grown, almost doubled in size. If Dr. H hadn't operated, Tom would be in bad shape by now, probably lose him in a few months. The way things are now, he has a chance.
My thoughts and good wishes to all of you who are stuck with this. Patients and all the family and friends who are fighting the fight with CC.