• What are the side effects of SIRT (selective internal radiation therapy)?

    Asked by StegalMan on Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    What are the side effects of SIRT (selective internal radiation therapy)?

    My doctor has said I might have this type of radiation, I've never heard of it.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      StegalMan,
      This should give you some insight until someone answers your question, Carm RN.

      http://www.insideradiology.com.au/pages/view.php?T_id=32

      almost 4 years ago
    • TeamShaniqua's Avatar
      TeamShaniqua

      My mom had SIRT this winter/spring. Other than the sedation medications taking a lot longer to get out of her system due to having a compromised liver, the only side effects were extreme (EXTREME) fatigue. There were a few days where she felt kind of like she was coming down with the flu (achy...just yuk) but otherwise the fatigue was the chief complaint. Be careful not to get dehydrated---all she did was sleep b/c of the fatigue so she wasn't drinking or eating quite as much. The fatigue lasted about a month or so. They treated the first lobe of her liver (right lobe) first in mid-January, did the second lobe in mid-March and the fatigue got worse after 2nd procedure simply because she hadn't quite recovered from the first procedure's fatigue yet. Best of luck to you....she's had great results so far. Drs told her it was simply going to buy time---but after just 3 months, her first scans showed all but 1 lesion on her liver were GONE. They said it couldn't be done....God knew different!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • TeamShaniqua's Avatar
      TeamShaniqua

      Side Note: The link that Carm posted is an EXCELLENT account of what happens---I could have written this myself based on my mom's experience. Great reference there...

      over 3 years ago

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