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  • in reply to: Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Aspartate Aminotrans #65844
    edh
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    Thank you all for your thoughtful comments and well wishes.
    My husband was diagnosed with CC November of last year. It’s almost a year. We started out on gem/cis. Condition was stable. Bilirubin was pretty much normal, slight elevation in alk phos. Went to a major medical center where they performed a TACE. while waiting for tace and for 4 weeks after no chemo. During this time the large mass that was TACE showed cell death (left) but the right side showed disease progression. New Onc said he would probably have done TACE but would have kept hubby on low dose gemz to keep the right side from progressing. Be that as it may, the new Onc started us on Irirenotecan & 5FU. We have seen a dramatic increase in Bili and AlkPhos. Had scan last week, disease is progressing. Onc. decided to increase and add Oxi plus Irirenotecan & 5FU. 2 doses of that. Husband could hardly get out of bed as a result. So tired the Onc ordered another CT scan. Scan shows liver damage and water accumulation and disease progression.

    Onc has ceased treatment and says the liver is too badly damaged. Has recommended we seek Hospice care and he gave my husband 2 weeks.

    His Bili is 2.6 he is jaundice; his Alk Phos is 1063 and the Asp Amino is 108.

    I still have faith that his liver will get better since the treatment will stop.

    We have been to Memorial Sloan, John Hopkins, NY Pres and a local Onc. I can’t think of what else to do next.

    A dear friend said to us “now you will just have to REALLY trust God”. You have worked with Dr. etc, hoping God would use them, and he has chosen not to, not just have to solely depend on HIM


    AND WE ARE.

    Continue to pray for us, and I will continue to pray for you all and that there will be a cure.

    Blessings,
    EDH

    in reply to: Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Aspartate Aminotrans #65840
    edh
    Member

    You both have been extremely helpful. I really appreciate the quick response.
    Laurkcp, the 1400 you reference above was that a bilirubin number or was the 1400 the alkaline phosphatase. Currently my husband’s Alk Pho is at 1063, I am so concerned. It’s be increasing each time we have blood work done.

    Thank you and Blessing,
    EDH

    in reply to: HAPPY BIRTHDAY 3 YEARS CC FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #61502
    edh
    Member

    Oops to God be the Glory!!!!

    in reply to: HAPPY BIRTHDAY 3 YEARS CC FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #61501
    edh
    Member

    A great big happy birthday, and to Gold be the Glory!!!
    EDH

    in reply to: Good and Bad news #61507
    edh
    Member

    Kris, I know it’s frustrating and we were so hoping for really great news for you as well. I am thankful that there is good news. We continue to stand and encourage you. You are a tremendous inspiration to all. Be encouraged, continue to fight and most importantly, KEEP HOPE ALIVE. It is the driving force to your and our healing.

    Refuse to be discouraged!
    EDH

    in reply to: Confusing PET/CT Scan #61318
    edh
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    Marion,
    Thank you for your thoughtful response. Yes, a CT or MRI should be repeated to provide clarity. I also read that a false negative can occur if the PET/CT was taken a short time after a chemo treatment. I would think that the radiologist would advise that this can occur.

    Please keep us in your prayers. My heart is a little heavy tonight.

    Peace,
    EDH

    in reply to: Confusing PET/CT Scan #61315
    edh
    Member

    Thanks Marion,
    It wasn’t a new med, it was a new scan. Previously my husband had only had a CT and MRI. The Dr. Ordered for the fist time a PET/CT and the PET/CT register no cancer activity.

    We shared the slides with a 2nd Onc who dismissed the report because no previous PET hand been done.

    Needless to say my husband is very depressed as a result of the 2nd Onc view.

    If there is anyone out there who has had similar findings please advise.

    peace,
    EDH

    in reply to: Bad news #61345
    edh
    Member

    Peephorse,
    My heart goes out to you and your family.

    Lainy is so right about letting your dad know that you’re going to be OK and it is ok for him to find peace. If he is able to talk listening is so important to his peace. Allowing him to communicate to you things that he might want done. Knowing that these thing are done will give him peace. It may be something so simple as water the grass.

    My heart goes out to you and you are in my prayers.

    EDH

    in reply to: Survival #60264
    edh
    Member

    Sandi,
    You are in my prayers. We are here for you. If you can find peace in God’s word I would encourage you to find peace and strength there God’s word has helped me and my family tremendously.

    Praying for you.
    EDH

    edh
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    Byron,
    Thanks for sharing. How did you do on the chemo emb. Since my husband is not a candidate for Y90 the Dr wants to move right to bland embolization. I would think the next step would be chemo before bland. Since bland will cut lf all blood supply to the liver treated and cause thattreated area to die off. Did your dr mention anything about bland embolization?

    in reply to: next CT scan on Wed. #61138
    edh
    Member

    We have seen two Doctors there, an oncologist who says we should hold the course of treatment that my husband is on and a surgeon who say my husband is not a candidate because he has a very large mass on the right liver and two small ones on the left. His condition is stable on cisplatium/Gemzarand. We want to improve. We have asked about a transplant and have been told they are few and that my husband probably would not qualify.

    We are at a loss for what to do next hence our out reach to Dana and John Hopkins We also met with a local interventional radiologist who did a map procedure for Y90. My husbands shunts are too long 21. Standard is 20. He recommended bland embolization, but my husband got so sick from the mapping because the Dr. Had to seal off an artery to the stomach. And that caused my husband tremendous pain and a 3 day hospital stay.

    I just don’t know what to do next. We would like to work with someone who specializes in CC oncology. I don’t know if I will be successful I. Getting my husband to return to MMSK. He was a bit put off.

    We need a creative miracle. Thanks for listening.
    If anyone has suggestions, we are open.

    in reply to: next CT scan on Wed. #61136
    edh
    Member

    Kris thanks
    Would love to talk off line. Is that possible?

    in reply to: next CT scan on Wed. #61133
    edh
    Member

    Kris,
    I am praying for you, and I can’t wait to hear the reschedule date. I am excited for you. Noticed your are in PA. I know you probably posted where you are being treated already. I am new to the site. Can you share with me please and also what Chemo you were on.

    Friday my husband and I are going to Dana Farber in Boston and Tuesday we are going to see what John Hopkins has to say as well. We are believing God for a creative miracle.

    Praying for you and the rest of my CC family.

    EDH

    edh
    Member

    Lita,,
    My prayers are with you. And you have come to a great place. I completely understand your feelings. Please share with us what chemo your husband is on.

    And may I share with you my humble thoughts regarding this horrible disease. My husband was diagnosed this past November 2011, and every day we thank God for another day and we continue to see and believe our future together. The mind is a powerful thing. We also have pictures of an undiseased liver in the bathroom and in our bedroom.

    You have a future with your husband believe God for it. I praise God for all of the wonderful doctors we have met, and we have also met some that weren’t that nice (poor bedside manners), but at the end of the day it is God who has the final say on who lives and who dies.

    LIVE and keep on LIVING.

    Blessings and you and the rest of our CC family are in my prayers

    Be encouraged.
    EDH

    edh
    Member

    Lita,,
    My prayers are with you. And you have come to a great place. I completely understand your feelings. Please share with us what chemo your husband is on.

    And may I share with you my humble thoughts regarding this horrible disease. My husband was diagnosed this past November 2011, and every day we thank God for another day and we continue to see and believe our future together. The mind is a powerful thing. We also have pictures of an undiseased liver in the bathroom and in our bedroom.

    You have a future with your husband believe God for it. I praise God for all of the wonderful doctors we have met, and we have also met some that weren’t that nice (poor bedside manners), but at the end of the day it is God who has the final say on who lives and who dies.

    LIVE and keep on LIVING.

    Blessings and you and the rest of our CC family are in my prayers

    Be encouraged.
    EDH

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