May 18, 2006 - 8:29 am
Hello everyone, I am a 47 year old male who was diagnosed with HCC (liver Cancer) this week. I have an 8.3cm tumor and a 1.4cm tumor both located in the right lobe of my liver. The doctors have suggested chemobolization as the primary treatment for my cancer. This treatment is non-curative. Has anyone else undergone this proceedure? I have found very little info on the web and would like to know more about results of the treatment as compared to the size of the tumor(s) being treated. I also would like to know about the true side effects of this treatment. Doctors tell me if I do nothing my life span (on average) would be measured in months or maybe a year. This is all kind of surreal to me as this was dicovered during routine medical examination and I feel just fine. I am still working 2 full time jobs, coaching soccer and doing everything I usually do. It seems strange to be close to death but yet I feel so good. Some background info: I have had Hepetitis C since 1975 and taken interferon therapy as well as pegasys to try to rid my body of the virus. Since I have carried this virus around for over 30 years, my liver is also chirottic. I sure would love to hear form anyone who has tried chemobolization and what the result was as I am struggling with a quality of life issue.