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by googie on Sat Nov 07, 2009 02:40 AM
My husband who has been battling stage 4 with chemo for 2 years will start direct liver treatment called Y90 soon. Has anyone used this form of treatment?
by mommasue on Sat Nov 07, 2009 08:51 AM
Yes I was dx with stage IV colon cancer Mar. 06 and have taken every chemo known to man. Just recently underwent the Y90 on 13 liver mets. I had my first follow up PET and CT scans on Wed. and they both showed clear! NO tumors! I can't say enough good about this treatment for me. I did have some pain with mapping and pain and nausea after first treatment but the second treatment was almost painless and I began feeling better energy and just generally more well very soon afterward. (my second half was done Sept. 24th) I was treated at University of Washington but I know there are many good centers. I give this two thumbs WAY UP!
by googie on Mon Nov 09, 2009 02:58 AM
Thank you we appreciate your insight from someone who has had this treatment. We have not really been informed about what is involved in the treatment. What is mapping? Are you awake during the process? How long does it take, my husband has 10 or more tumors? What is the recovery time? Congratulations on your clear scans...wonderful
by mommasue on Tue Nov 10, 2009 07:33 AM
My treatment was done under sedation. Here is a website that may give clearer information. http://www.sirtex.com/content.cfm?sec=usa&MenuID=1110.
The mapping process was the first thing they did. Going in through the femoral artery they go to each tumor and block off the blood leaving the tumor so the radiation can't go to other organs and cause damage. My proceedure was fairly long because I have 13 tumors and some were hard to get to. I think it varies from patient to patient. After they do the blocking they checked (CT scan I think) to make sure they had it done right. The treatment was administered the same way ... going in through the femoral artery. UW treated the halves of the liver with a couple weeks wait in between. My right half was done first and was more painful and I did have some nausea. I had some pain for a couple days after the first side but not after the second. I was kept over night in the hospital after each half of the liver treatment - but not after mapping. I had very mild after effects and began to feel better within a week or so. Symptoms started to go away not long after I had the treatment.
by dand33 on Mon Nov 16, 2009 04:15 AM
YES -- I just went through it. Amazing stuff. It is on my Blog at :
You are lucky your facility has it !
by lmc1983 on Tue Nov 17, 2009 03:16 AM
I just asked my fathers doctor about this treatment and was told it does not work for multiple lesions but from what I see here this is not correct. My father has Kaiser Perminante insurance. Does anyone know of a Kaiser facility that is offering this treatment?
by mommasue on Wed Nov 18, 2009 09:48 PM
It may matter if all the lesions are large or located very near each other. If they are too close together it can concentrate too much radiation in that area. Dr. Steven Rose at UCSD is the best in the nation and may have information or be able to give you a good second opinion. Sorry I dont' know anything about Kaiser Perminante
by lmc1983 on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:23 PM
Mommasue, Thank you for you answer. We live in norther California so I contacted a doctor at Stanford that is doing this procedure and I am trying to get a referral from Kaiser. I will keep pushing and hopefully I will be able to have my dad treated at Stanford University Hopsital. I have another question. My father also has a small lesion in his lungs. Does this mean that because the cancer is not confined to the liver that he is not a candidate for this treatment?
by suziecue007 on Tue Nov 26, 2013 01:51 AM
I have a really good friend that has it in one of his lungs too. Right now they are treating his liver with Y90. Also he goes to a place in the Philly area and it cost him nothing. They even pay for his airfare to and from there. They put him up in a hotel at no cost to him either. Nothing cost him from this place. He several states away from Philly.
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