Mar 30, 2006 - 6:38 pm
I have not posted here for a while but have been following on posts here frequently. My dad was diagnosed in Nov 05 with stage 4, with 5 nymph nodes positive and liver mets. Did a resection in december on his colon and removed lymph nodes. Now he has completed 8 rounds of Xeloda, Oxiliplatin and avastin. The mets on his liver showed partial response to the chemo. The doctor suggested a PET scan in April and will make a decision on whether a liver resection is possible and suggested a hepatic pump. If Pet scan is clear, the doctor still suggest a liver surgery to "scan" the liver and use radiation to kill the cells and install a hepatic pump. If Pet scan is not clear, a liver resection (if possble) and a pump installation.
Now my father is reluctant to do the liver resection and the pump as he knows it is an open surgery which involves risk and long time for recovery. Does any one here have a liver resection before?
The doctor said that the liver resection and the pump is for the prevention/control of recurrence. Any opinions on hepatic pump? How effective is it? Does it take a lot of maintenence?
My father read the Quillin book and is leaning on a dramatic change of diet. But after observing his eating habbit in Hong Kong, I am doubtful on how thorough he could be to do that. He is 62 and quite set in his ways. Is it really possible to use diet to "control" this cancer? He is taking Reishi, vitamins, selenium, CQ 10.