• Just finished chemo for colon cancer, now have three small spots on my liver. Is there anything besides chemo for this cure?

    Asked by PETSR2LOVE on Thursday, March 15, 2012

    Just finished chemo for colon cancer, now have three small spots on my
    liver. Is there anything besides chemo for this cure?

    What is the radio-------------treatment I have read about? Thanks

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Other than Radiation, I am not sure about the "radio" treatment. I'm assuming its something new. Ask your dr.'s about it and what their thoughts are on it. Take the answer with a grain of salt considering they may or may not have the equipment to do the treatment. Seems they sometimes LOVE a treatment if they have the equipment. But if they can't do the treatment, then it's a bad treatment. What ever it is, best wishes to you!! I hope it's a quick and successful treatment for you!

      about 2 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar
      PhillieG

      Cure is a BIG word. What works for one may not work for another.
      The radio thing you ask about is probably a "Radio Frequency Ablation" or RFA. That is a VERY good method for dealing with small numbers of tumors. I have been having those done over at MSKCC (Sloan Kettering) in NYC for the past 4 years to deal with lung mets. I seem to be averaging one RFA per year. I have slow growing tumors in my lung(s). The procedure can be done on the liver too from what I understand, I haven't had the need to have that done. My liver mets were dealt with using FOLFOX/Avastin, then a resection and HAI pump. It's been fine since 2005.

      The RFA for the lungs is great, I'm in and out the same day. I do go back on chemo but it's been Erbitux and Irinotecan or just Erbitux.

      The RFA is definitely something to look into.
      -phil

      about 2 years ago
    • Helloitsmo's Avatar
      Helloitsmo

      My mom went thru same... 3 spots on liver also...
      We went for chemo embolization ( chemo treatment right to liver ) but two treatments and the cea and scans showed still growing so we were transferred to Stanford for radio embolization ... Essentially same treatment but with radiation. Just had it done two weeks ago... They do this treatment two times, follow up with blood work to watch cea at two weeks and four weeks then a scan at three months to see if worked. This procedure is to "shrink" the tumors ... It will not get rid of tumors...but in our case...the 3 spots have grown to 80percent tumor left lobe
      20 percent tumor right lobe...so hoping for shrinkage!
      Don't really know if all liver rumors grow quick, but my moms sure did so acting quick.. Gaining as much knowledge as possible from as many sources as possible, is key!

      about 2 years ago
    • Jane's Avatar
      Jane

      I had the same thing. 2 years after initial surgery 3 tumors in my liver. I had shaped-beam radio surgery. It was easy and successful. The shaped beam focuses the radiation beam on the tumors only. I had my treatment at the univ of Rochester in NY but it is also available at Shands in FL and other places. I have had it two more times in other places but have survived metastis for 10 years with no treatment in between and no chemo now. See Dr, Paul Okunieff, Diector of Shands Cancer Center.

      about 2 years ago
    • cranburymom's Avatar
      cranburymom

      Did you ask about ERBITUX?

      about 2 years ago

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