Embolization therapy for liver cancer

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  • #83811
    whatnow
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    I’m going in for an appointment with Dr.Lanauze at MDAnderson next Monday about embolization and a spleen embolization. Haven’t heard much about the spleen embolization. I’ll ask about xeloda. They’re also doing another biopsy for the genetic information.

    Janet

    #83810
    middlesister1
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    Janet,

    They went through the groin. Side effect was very fatigued for 4-6 weeks, but he results for us were miraculous (hope more have same success). First one was in Feb 2014 and second in Nov 2014. Her I indicated that we probably could have done the second treatment sooner (at 6 months).

    Take care,
    Catherine

    #83809
    whatnow
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    Catherine

    Thanks so much. That it may have to be done a couple of times for success is good to know going in. Did they go in through the groin or some other place?

    Thinking of your mom and her continued good health.

    Janet

    #83807
    middlesister1
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    Whatnow,

    My mother had Radioembolization (the Y-90 spheres) twice. The second time they also gave her xeloda before and after the treatment. The treatments worked to kill the tumor so she has been treatment free and feeling fine since Nov. 2014. We go in for periodic scans and to get her port flushed. They have secondary insurance, but the bulk of the cost (if not all) was covered by medicare.

    Best wishes,
    Catherine

    #83808
    whatnow
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    Diagnosed July 15, 2016 with cc. Currently on round 4 of gem/cis Chemo. Last week PET scan shows tumor shrinkage (the CA19-9 was correct) and no mets in other organs (had in lungs and adrenal above kidney) so going to do beads in the belly (embolization) after another 4 rounds of Chemo.

    At least I feel there is some promising progress. I will read articles above since there are so many different embolization processes. Any info is welcome, especially personal experience.

    In my research I’ve read that Medicare does not pay for ablation. Not that doc has said anything about this being an option, but I’m always looking to the future. Anyone now about this?

    #83806
    gavin
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    Great piece Marion, thanks. Here is the hyperlink to it –

    http://www.cancer.org/cancer/livercancer/detailedguide/liver-cancer-treating-embolization-therapy

    Gavin

    #10358
    marions
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    Embolization for tumors 3 to 5 cm across may be best treated with embolization, a procedure that injects substances to try to block or reduce the blood flow to cancer cells in the liver.

    Read more:http://www.cancer.org/cancer/livercancer/detailedguide/liver-cancer-treating-embolization-therapy

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