• Has anyone had Hepatic Artificial Infusion (HAI) targeted chemotherapy pumped directly into the liver? If so, please share your experiences.

    Asked by Hellbent on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    Has anyone had Hepatic Artificial Infusion (HAI) targeted chemotherapy pumped directly into the liver? If so, please share your experiences.

    My husband has Stage IV colon cancer with liver mets. His recent cat scan results, after his 1st four rounds of chemo, showed a 30-40% size reduction in the liver mets and no evidence of cancer in any other primary organs (thank God), but he has too many tumors for liver resection. Both his onc and surgeon think he might be a good candidate for the HAI treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering. As we continue to research this treatment, any information you can share is welcomed.

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    • myronbob's Avatar
      myronbob

      hi , also stage 4 , had colon surgery NOVEMBER 15TH ,2013 ALONG WITH 9 of 24 lympth nodes removed . DEC one 5cm liver tumor found 4 chemo's ,2 more to may 20th 2014 resection .almost year clean cats then re-occurred APRIL 15TH ,2015 . onc referred to Sloane DR KEMENY AND had HAI LIVER PUMP INSERTED . ALSO A 3 CM PORTAL CAVAL LYMPTH REMOVED . hospitalized 7 days . on second two week chemo through pump along with systemic chemo . pump chemo side effects . liver had 2 I,2 cm spots rest 4 were micro . surgeon pleased and said lets let pump do, its job for next 4-6 months . one advantage you might have is surgeon said surgery tough getting through scar tissue from resection . so far I would highly recommend Sloane , DR KEMENY DR. KINGHAM [SURGEON ] . good luck bob .

      almost 5 years ago
    • ElaineA's Avatar
      ElaineA

      I have had great results with my hepatic pump at Sloan Kettering with few side effects from the chemo, and positive results treatment.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Hellbent's Avatar
      Hellbent

      Thank you for your forthright, candid feedback. My husband is continuing the traditional "systemic" chemotherapy, while we wait to find out if he will get an initial consultation from Dr. Kemeny at Memorial Sloan Kettering for consideration. It's been a roller coaster of emotions but we're continuing to take things a day at a time. Questions. What were the biggest concerns with your chemo pump surgery? How long did you have the chemo pump, or do you still have it in? What are/were the side effects?

      almost 5 years ago
    • ElaineA's Avatar
      ElaineA

      I still have my chemo pump. I have had it for two years. One of the benefits of this type of chemo has been the lack of side effects. Of course, you can't go scuba diving or sit in a hot tub, but that is a small downside for the benefits. I hope that you go forward with this type of treatment, if your team decides that you are a good fit.

      almost 5 years ago

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