Mar 24, 2014 - 7:55 pm
After a colon and liver resection surgery in August 2012 / September 2012 , I have now faced two recurrences in the liver. I had maintenance Chemo of erbitux post resection from December 2012 till March 2013. Six month after that I had a recurrence.
the first one was a liver met 3.5 cm in segment 4b of the liver , ( new site- not previously treated ) , in September/October 2013 , approx one year after the resection. this was treated by IRE ( irreversible electroporation , similar to RFA)
Now again in March 2014, I have another liver met approx 1.6 cm in segment 4a ( again previously not treated). Both the recurrences Were indentified after rising CEA and CA 19.9 markers and a pet-ct done after the rise in cancer markers.
Docs recommend that they will perform a microwave ablation to this met. They also mention that they will do a MRI and see of there are any more mets which do not show up on the pet-ct but may be seen in the contrast MRI.
ihas anyone had a microwave ablation done ? What is more effective ? The docs say that another resection at this time may not be suitable due to liver remanant issues. Doesn't the liver grow post resection and so why should there be a liver remnant issue.
should I continue with some systemic chemo after getting the met ablated so that the recurrence can be delayed or limited.?
any other suggestions to keep the frequent recurrences at bay.