Mar 21, 2012 - 12:28 am
Shortly after Christmas this year my dad let us know that after having two negative scans, his HCC had come back. Not only had it returned but was now considered stage 4 with a potential met to the lung. He was prescribed Nexavar and after two and half months, it was found ineffective and his cancer has spread into his portal vein (latest scans do not show any spots in the lungs). We decided to get a second opinion and today met with Banner Good Samaritan. This hospital specializes in Liver cancer and Micro-sphere treatment options. During our consultation the Dr. recommended that his first treatment be with Therasphere, because of the advance stage and location. He said he was concerned that because part of the tumor is in his portal vein the radiation treatments might go to his lungs, which would limit the number of treatments he would receive, so he wanted to be the most aggressive from the start. He also talked about alternating radiation spheres with chemo-spheres.
Are there any HCC survivors and or caretakers with experience with Therasphere and tumors that have spread to the portal vein? Any side effects to the lungs? Positive or Negative results?
Thank you in advance for your help and support!