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    Something went amiss with all of that.   There is supposed to be a recent PET scan done, within 2-3 weeks prior to any liver surgery takes place.   There is no way that many tumors would not have lit up on a PET scan.   Its very good when you can get the colon and liver surgery at the same time and the nodes, but that can only happen if the liver tumors are near the surgical site for the colon -- and n...

    March 23 at 7:03 PM view post
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      You just keep up hope.     

      March 20 at 9:59 PM view post
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        Its pretty hard/damaging to your liver so I am not sure, maybe if quite a while passed.  But I knew someone who did them, then had a small one show up, did cyberknife to get that one out and is now cancer free going on two years.   There is also RFA on any new small ones that may crop up.    

        March 20 at 7:57 PM view post
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          They worked for my husand for a year, without a lot of side effects.

          March 20 at 7:14 PM view post
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            This sounds like a very good plan.    I don't know what city or state you live in, but Charles Nutting in Denver, CO, is tauted to be the best interventional radiologist in the US.  He recently invented a new type of instrument for doing the sir spheres making them more accurately inserted with less danger of complication and getting a more rounded dose inside the liver where all the tumors are treated...

            March 20 at 3:27 PM view post
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              No they only do it once really -- and you have to be a good candidate in terms of your CEA number being low and tumors in just the places, its better if you have tumors in one lobe only, I think its a resort after liver surgery when small tumors return.  They need to be below a certain size.   You get it done, if they decide you are a good candidate, then you wait 6 months for a scan to see if it worked. &n...

              March 20 at 12:30 AM view post
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                Its radioactive seeds, not chemo which they put in through the artery in your leg.  They usually do an embolization procedure and map out where your tumors are and block off arteries in the liver which they do not affected by the seeds.

                March 20 at 12:15 AM view post
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                  I was under the impression they did the KRAS test on everyone who was diagnosed with colon cancer, they did on my husband.  But Folfox or Folfuri/still the main choice for the first try at chemotherapy.  Yes, you need the entire combination, and Avastin additionally.   I think at least 12 treatments to start on the combo drug, taking the pump home every two weeks.   Drugs like Erbitux (those which...

                  February 04 at 6:25 PM view post
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                    His doctor should include magnesium and calcium in his chemo routine, it helps the neuropathy in the feet and hands.   It goes in by IV prior to the chemo drugs, it adds an hour or so to your day, but its worth it. 

                    January 16 at 4:40 PM view post
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                      what is causing her pain?

                      January 16 at 2:44 AM view post
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