February 27, 2019 at 9:15 pm #98229Carrot2018Participant
You probably need to reconsider proton therapy. I was told that proton has better successful rate with less side effect than radiation, especially for tumor in liver. Proton is type of radiation that starts to release the energy when reach tumor. Regular radiation starts to release when touching the skin, the killing power will be diminished when it reaches tumor, it hurts the skin, and other healthy cells on the way to travel to the tumor and pass through the tumor. Sorry I don’t know the best professional way to explain. This is what I understand. I sincerely hope you get the best treatment regardless.
Carrot(s)February 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm #98228bglassModerator
Sounds like you have a good treatment plan.
Sometimes radiation is combined with chemo, because apparently some chemos make the cancer cells more responsive to the radiation.
I personally found radiation tiring. I don’t know if it was the daily treatments or having to travel back and forth, but I felt tired by the end of it. But there were no other side effects for me, so in that regard it was easier than other types of treatment, and the days passed by pretty fast. Once done, I felt better.
I recall the radiation center where I was treated offered nutrition guidance, and it was recommended that I add protein to my diet (e.g., protein drinks) to assist with cell regeneration needed due to the radiation. Not sure I exactly understood why protein was needed but the protein drinks were easy enough to add to my diet.
Fingers crossed the radiation takes down the new tumors.
Regards, MaryFebruary 27, 2019 at 6:34 pm #98227bgmat48Participant
Saw the radiation oncologist today. He gave me 2 options, regular radiation or Proton radiation. He explained about each and told me they both are efficient, the only difference being the proton one does not go past the tumors and the regular one passes through. Because the proton requires a procedure before being applied which consist of inserting marker beads in my liver with a needle while under full sedation and having had 7 TACE and 3 years of chemo I choose the regular radiation as I am tired mentally and physically right now. Not sure yet if chemo will be put on hold as the radiation treatment is for 15 treatments over 15 days except for weekends. I do have to travel to MD Anderson in Houston every day. Not sure when they will start, will find out on Friday. Hoping it will get rid of the small tumors. the other 2 have been around for 3 years and treated with TACE however, one of them still shows live cells on the edge. Radiation oncologist talked about treating those as well eventually.February 24, 2019 at 9:48 am #98211gavinModerator
Thanks for letting us know how things are going and good to hear that the Gemzar is keeping things from spreading. I hope that all goes well with the app with the rad onc and that things can get going with that quickly. I hope too of course that it works very well indeed and I will keep my fingers crossed for the best possible outcome with everything.
My best wishes to you,
GavinFebruary 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm #98205bglassModerator
It is good to hear from you. Thank you for updating on how you are doing. It sounds like the gemzar is doing a good job in keeping your cancer from spreading. Hopefully radiation will knock out the small new tumors.
Take care, regards, MaryFebruary 23, 2019 at 6:44 am #98190bgmat48Participant
I had a scan this week, 2 months after a TACE procedure, my 7th one! For the first time in nearly 4 years 2 new but small tumors showed up next to the bigger tumor that had been treated with chemo embolization. My oncologist now is recommending radiations. I have an appointment next week with the radiations oncologist. My oncologist is also doing a DNA genetic test. I am still on chemo with Gemzar which the oncologist believes is keeping CC from spreading to other parts of my body.
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