• Selective Radiation therapy or radiation beads

    Asked by danpb13 on Monday, October 24, 2016

    Selective Radiation therapy or radiation beads

    I haven't been on in a while because I've been so depressed. My husband's spots on his liver has grown the last 2X's we have went to his oncologist even with adding back the irontecan. They are now trying selective radiation therapy (Y90 sirtex) also called radiation beads to hopefully try to shrink the spots again Has anyone had this treatment and what should we expect. Any information other than what doctors tell you (patients now better by experience)

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I don't know the answer to your question, unfortunately, but I just wanted to offer my hope and prayers for you and your husband. I'm sorry that you are depressed ... though I certainly understand it. I think being the loved one and caregiver is often (always?) more difficult than being the patient. I did want to suggest that you ask your doctor or even your husband's doctor if they can prescribe anything to help you deal with your depression. You shouldn't have to deal with that, along with everything else. Hugs. (I hope someone with answers to your question will also respond.)

      over 4 years ago
    • mpdriskell's Avatar
      mpdriskell

      My husband had the Y-90 done on the right side of his liver on October 12th. We go in tomorrow for our follow up visit and find out when scans will be done. We have talked with other patients who have had this done and it was very successful.

      over 4 years ago
    • danpb13's Avatar
      danpb13

      Mpdriskell and live with cancer thank you for your responses.
      mpdriskell when you say it's very successful what have they said regarding the Y-90. Anything on shrinkage of tumors and or completely gone and anything on how long it it will work for before any progression and ect. Thank you again

      over 4 years ago
    • mpdriskell's Avatar
      mpdriskell

      I have spoken to one patient that Y-90 completely removed the cancer spots from her liver and they have not come back. They say this is palliative but for her so far it has worked for many years. She did do several of rounds of chemo before the Y-90 and so has my husband. We are doing chemo tomorrow. My oncologist said he has had lots of patients that this procedure has been successful on. Just hang in there and don't give up You two can get through this, just stay positive, They are coming up with new things every day !

      over 4 years ago
    • mpdriskell's Avatar
      mpdriskell

      My husband had his follow up visit from the Y-90 today. He will have scans done mid December(90 days after procedure). He had his right side of the liver done only. The left side there is one small spot but it is located in an area that the radiologist thought would be dangerous to put the beads. When the Y-90 is done you go in one day early morning and they do the mapping procedure and you go home late afternoon(long day) Then in a week you go back for another long day and have the beads inserted and go home late that afternoon. My husband would be glad to speak with your husband or you if you have any questions. We joined the hope for cancer match program, they matched you with several patients that have gone through a similar diagnoses that you can speak with. It helps a lot, you don't feel as alone going through this.

      over 4 years ago
    • Jane's Avatar
      Jane

      I had tumors in my liver and had shaped-beam radio surgery the same as Proton radiation I think. I was easy and the tumors were gone. I was not sick, it only took 10 days about 20 min a day and I was done. Very focused radiation with few if any side effects.

      over 4 years ago

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