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Nano knife for inoperable tumours

manwithnoname
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Joined: Jun 2012

Seems interesting couldn't find it mentioned already and I didn't realise this tech. was actually available. (not to be confused with Gamma knife)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2124221/3-000-volt-jab-shrunk-inoperable-cancer-half.html

 

"It takes less time to do, has fewer side effects and patients can have it multiple times if the cancer returns."

Fede
Posts: 7
Joined: Mar 2013

Thanks for the info Manwithoutname.

A hug for you

Fede

Lisa14
Posts: 4
Joined: Sep 2012

In September 2012, I had a liver resection of one tumor and 5 small ones were destroyed, hopefully, with nanoknife. So far so good. I had a CT and MRI that were clear. I will have a PET scan next month. Last month I finished 12 rounds of FOLFIRI and avastin. Total of 24 rounds of FOLFIRI since February 2012. Now I am on avastin only. Prior to this I had a failed liver resection, 12 rounds of FOLFIRI, and SIRT spheres. I live in Louisiana.

Chelsea71
Posts: 1168
Joined: Sep 2012

Hi Lisa. Curious about your experience with SIRT spheres. Was it successful? Did you have it before your liver resection? Did you have two liver resections? One failed and one successful? More details about your treatment with SIRT would be appreciated.

Thanks
Chelsea

Lisa14
Posts: 4
Joined: Sep 2012

Chelsea,

10/11: I had a colon resection, colon reconnected during surgery, one tumor showed up in liver on scans (3cm)

Had radiation to pelvis with 5FU pump mon-fri for 5 weeks in nov-dec '11

1/12:attempted liver resection, but numerous small tumors found scattered throughout liver, nothing was removed

February-aug: 12 rounds of FOLFIRI. March and April SIRT spheres

9/12: only tumor that showed on scan had shrunk 50%. It was resected and 5 other very small ones were nano-knifed. Largest tumor was 70% dead.

11/12 thru 4/12: 12 more rounds of FOLFIRI, avastin added for last 5

On avastin only right now, my insurance company is not covering it since it is not a standard protocol by itself according to them.

Since I had FOLFIRI and SIRT spheres during the same period, I can't say if one worked better than the other, or if chemo alone would have done it. Hope this helps. I would be happy to answer any other questions. Lisa

Chelsea71
Posts: 1168
Joined: Sep 2012

Thanks for the additional info. My husband, Steve, is waiting to find out what's next. Hoping for a resection but may go SIRT or TACE depending on the scan results. Hoping to avoid systemic chemo for the time being. He's done a total of 27 Folfiri sessions. He does well as far as tolerating this cocktail but a break would be so nice.

Best of luck to you.
Chelsea

Fede
Posts: 7
Joined: Mar 2013

We lost a lot of time here, with liver mets, my father had in the first time 3 , after 4 , then 5 and we lost a lot of time here bc of SIRT are new here, and TACE with irinotecan is risky too.

I was researching a lot about liver, and my common suggestion if somebody can use RFA no doubts, use it, the RFA for lesion smaller than 2 cm or 3 cm and not more than 4 lesions, it is the best, nearly for me better than a resection.

Now we had a resection in two stages and the right lobe removed, but appeared a brain met.

Incredible.

 

Good luck, here the luck and god is all.

 

Fede

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