Jan 25, 2013 - 9:54 am
Well, the Tumor Board reviewed my case and liver resection surgery is not an option at this time. There are two larger tumors in my liver (3cm and 1.8cm) that are clearly visible on the MRI. Unfortunately there are also three other likely smaller tumors visible on the MRI as well. And the five tumors are located in different areas of the liver. There is also a possible tumor on the outside of my colon (where the colon resection was done) as uptake was visible in this location on the PET scan. Given tumors in all different areas of the liver and given that three of them are smaller and harder to resect, surgery was not given as an option.
So the recommendation was for me to start Folfiri and Erbitux as soon as possible. And the hope is that this chemo will be more effective than the FolFox/Oxilliplatin. And if it shrinks / stops the tumor growth I may be candidate for surgery in the future (at least they may reassess my case).
What are the side effects of Folfiri and Erbitux?
4/21/12 - colonoscopy finds tumor, crc stage III diagnosis
5/11/12 - colon resection, crc stage iV diagnosis
6/1/12 - lung resection surgery
Jun thru Dec 2012 = Folfox and Oxciliplatin Chemo (11 treatments received)
Jan 2013 = CEA rising 10 to 20 to 40...
1/24 = PET and MRI of Liver results discussed