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My brother's metasticized liver cancer

Loosyrkrdo
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Joined: Jul 2010

My brother's esoophageal cancer has met to his liver. He's been through one round of chemo, about 12 weeks, that reduced the esophageal tumor by 25%, but didn't phase the liver tumors; in fact, they increased as of the last pet scan 3 weeks ago. The oncologist then started him on a regimen of chemo aimed at the liver tumors, and also is referring him to MD Anderson in Houston, TX. The newest round of chemo is making him so very sick. He's throwing up, has diaharea (sp?), so exhausted and losing hope. He has a regimen of natural supplements prescribed by the naturopath who is working with the oncologist, but stopped taking them because he thought they were making him sick. It's taking a long time to get the referral going, and I don't know how to help him!

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,

Sandy

jimmyjack
Posts: 3
Joined: Oct 2008

Sandy-google Theraspheres and check out this targeted therapy for liver tumors. Also check out www.beatlivertumors.org.

Good luck,

Keep me/us posted

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Tina Blondek
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Joined: Nov 2009

Hi Sandy and welcome to you and your brother. I was a caregiver for my dad. He had the same exact thing happen to him. Dx with ec 11/08, had radiation and chemo, did well, went into remission for one year. In December he got mets to his liver. Had a blocked bile duct, spent 8 days in hospital. Had stent put in blocked bile duct, but the cancer was so far gone and aggressive at this point, he lost his battle on March 9. I am thinking your brother has a good chance of beating this liver cancer if he can just hold on and get through the chemo. It will get worse before it gets better. MD Anderson in Houston has an excellent reputation. They have helped many cancer patients. We will be praying for all of you. Keep in touch.
Tina

Loosyrkrdo
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Joined: Jul 2010

Thank you, Tina, for your information and most of all, your prayers.

Rob is scheduled to go to MD Anderson the first week of September. Our family is praying for treatment that will treat the tumors on his liver and give him a good quality of life for a long time --

I'll try to keep in touch with all to let you know how he's doing.

God bless you!

Sandy

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jimalex777
Posts: 6
Joined: Aug 2010

Have him explore SIRS with his Doctor...It is a Radioactive (Beta) Isotope (Y90) they put in you that is aimed at shrinking Tumors in your Liver.. I have (14) Mets/Tumors on my Liver from my Colorectal Cancer I had a yr. ago after a yr of Chemo FOLFOX treatments..., and am doing the SIRS this Wed...Pretty good sucess rate I am told..
Will see...

Loosyrkrdo
Posts: 12
Joined: Jul 2010

Thank you so much for your reply...my brother, Rob, has been scheduled to go to MD Anderson around the first week of September, after his final round of chemo and a pet scan. He's battling stong but seems to be getting sicker. I noticed today that he is jaundiced. Did you suffer from jaundice? I look forward to his going to Houston since there's nothing more that they can do at our community hospital here in Southern Oregon.

I look forward to hearing how your SIRS goes for you this coming week. You'll be in my prayers!

God bless! :)

Sandy

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