Discussion Board Forums Radiation Treatments & Options Lauren’s Theraspheres

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  • #60830
    gavin
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    Hi Randi,

    Ha! Well chuffed means that I am very happy, hence why I was well chuffed for Lauren and Pam! Sorry, my language and phrases, sometimes I forget that not everyone will understand what I am saying!!! Eg – I could have said “Gaun yersel Doll…..which basically means “you go girl, great stuff!” And if I was to speak in broad Dundonian, especially if I was talking quickly then even my friends from south of the border here in the UK would probably not understand me!!! Ha Ha!!!

    Hugs,

    Gavin

    #60829
    Randi
    Participant

    ok Gavin, I need to know what “well chuffed” means in American english :)

    #60828
    gavin
    Moderator

    Hi Pam,

    Yay! This is great news for you and Lauren, I’m well chuffed for the both of you! My fingers are crossed for the 16th and of course I am sending Lauren tons and tons of positive thoughts her way. A great birthday present for you!

    Hugs,

    Gavin

    #60827
    pamela
    Member

    Thanks to all of you for your well wishes. It is nice to have the support of such caring people.

    EDH- I am really sorry your husband is not a candidate. He just missed the cut off mark. Boo. He might have been really sick after the actual procedure If he was that sick after the mapping. Bland embolization might be your answer, but if they say it is painful might make me nervous. Usually they tell you that things won’t hurt and they end up really hurting. Lauren said her liver biopsy was the most painful procedure ever, and they told her it wouldn’t hurt at all. So now she always expects that everything will hurt and prepares herself for it. If your husband does go ahead with the bland, I sure would ask for some really good painkillers. I don’t think anyone should suffer with pain and there are so many different drugs out there that doctors can give. As to what you say about the procedure and what happens to the toxins with regard to the bland, I would guess that if the blood supply is cut off, the tumor would just die. Lauren’s surgeon said that if her tumors die, he could go in and scoop them out. We envision a melon baller. Haha. Lauren did really well after her mapping. She was really sore at the puncture sight and had a hard time lifting her leg, but other than that pretty good. She also had chemo the day before the mapping and still was hooked up to her pump with 5-FU during the procedure. Talk about a trooper. She amazes me. She is treated at University of Michigan Hospital. What a top notch facility. We couldn’t be happier with her treatment dealing with her cancer. I wish you and your husband all the best and I hope you find the right treatment for him.

    -Pam

    #60826
    Eli
    Participant

    Pam,

    I’m so glad you got the good news about the mapping. Now let’s hope that May 16th procedure kills the tumor, to make the surgery possible. I will keep everything crossed for Lauren.

    My very best wishes to both of you.

    Eli

    #60825
    edh
    Member

    Pam, congratulations. That is fantastic news. My husband went for the mapping last week and we were told his shunt is 21 so he is not a candidate. He also got really sick from the mapping. He had severe pain, loss of appetite and now platelets are down. We were really hoping to be able to do the procedure IR has now recommended bland embolization. We understand it can be very painful. The process is to cut off all blood supply to the tumor. My question is if this happens how does the body rid itself of the toxins?

    Where are you having your procedure done?
    I will keep you and Lauren in my prayers. Keep the Faith.
    EDH

    #60824
    lainy
    Member

    Here’s to May 16th. There is nothing that can stand in the way of Mom and Daughter team of Pam and Lauren. I am sending you the very best I can and crossing everything I own, even my eyes!

    #60823
    Randi
    Participant

    Thrilled thrilled thrilled for you! I never look in this part of the discussion board but am so glad I took a look here today!! Must have been kismet!
    Sending good thoughts your way!
    -Randi-

    #60822
    kris00j
    Member

    Yay! I’ve been waiting to hear! I’m so happy for Lauren. And you, too Pam. You know she is in my prayers every night but I’ll be praying the theraspheres work this week…. please, please????
    Huggs!

    #60821
    marions
    Moderator

    Pam…just the news we want to hear. Birthday present and Mothers Day present all in one; congratulations.
    Tons of love and support is heading Lauren’s way.
    Hugs,
    Marion

    #6805
    pamela
    Member

    Hi Everyone,

    After waiting for almost a week and a half after Lauren’s mapping for Theraspheres, I finally broke down and e-mailed her radiologist that will be doing the procedure. I had called the number I was given by the nurse practitioner three times last week. I finally reached the nurse practitoner on Friday last week. She said she would speak to the doctor on Monday and call us. Well, today is Wed. and still no call. We hadn’t heard anything about Lauren being a good candidate for the procedure. I felt that if we hadn’t heard anything, that everything was still a go. I was right. the wonderful doctor e-mailed me about 20 minutes after I e-mailed her and she apologized for nobody getting back to us. She is so busy doing procedures like this that I couldn’t be upset with her for not calling. It was up to her nurse and she kind of dropped the ball. I’m sure she is really busy as well. She said the mapping went great and Lauren’s lung shunt was only 7.1%. From what I understand, the amount that can go to the lungs has to be under 20%, so 7.1 is great!! They ordered her Theraspheres yesterday and she will be having the procedure next Wed. May 16. My birthday is the 15th, so what a great birthday present that would be if the procedure kills the tumors!! I will keep you all posted. Please say a few extra prayers for Lauren. Thanks. Love you all.

    -Pam

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