Hi Bill …. Glad to hear your wife is having good results with Therasphere. I haven’t had to go that route yet; but have had other type radiation without side effects and pretty good resuls as well…knock on wood!
Richard.. I have not had SIR Spheres but I did have 3-D conformal external radiation to the tumor of my liver approximately one year ago. My oncologist coordinated with a Radiologist/oncoloigist and it was determined he could encompass the entire tumor left lobe as my right lobe was resected in 99. I have had no growth or pain of the liver since. I have had no side effects other than a little tiredness during treatment one time a day for 15 days. treatment time about 5 minutes each. The tumor was 6.4 x 6.8 CMs. It is now 6.1×6.2 CMs. I think it killed the tumor myself. I had mets to the spinal area and about 6 months ago had same procedure. Again no problems and 2CM shrunk and pain went away. I do have mets to other locations and intend to press Doc for more Radiation as it seems that where ever I get radiation it kills the cancerous hot spots I call them. Your prescreen/scanned to get exact calculations of the beam and width and angles and marked on the body. I’m no Doc but radiation does great for me so far. But I’m sure the location of tumor can make a difference. Wish you the best.
My dad (intrahepatic cc) just told us that he did not want to do any more chemo. Whether it’s coincidence or not, the last session was very difficult on him. That being said, he seemed to tolerate traditional radiation pretty well.
I was hoping to get some experiences from those who have tried the SIR spheres therapy and to find out what the likely/possible side effects are.