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Posted by Debbie L. on November 06, 2000 at 02:26:51:

In Reply to: Re: Any survivors of liver cancer? posted by rosilita on April 21, 2000 at 15:25:11:

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: : : :I have had chemoembolism to the liver. Each tumor was located by the catheter and it was inserted into the tumor thru a blood vessel that fed the tumor. Then chemo was shot into the tumor and the blood vessel was blocked when the catheter was removed. I have several tumors in my liver and each one had to be done individually. In my case it was a long process for each treatment, and there were 4 all together. The discomfort is by traditional standards of chemo much less because most of the chemo is localized in the tumors. Some of it does get out into your body but side effects such as hair loss, nausea, mouth sores stomache upset were much less than regular chemo treatments. This is amazing because about 200 times the usual amount of chemo can be shot into these tumors causing them to necros and dye. I had these treatments done at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, md. The chemo can stay in the liver and work on those nasty little cells for several months and as I had my follow up scans I could see the changes from one month to the next. I was diagnosed in 1989, I've had 3 surgeries, traditional chemo in 92 and four rounds of chemoembolism. If the scan shows any growth again I will go in and have the treatments again. The chemoembolism causes less damage to your healthy organs as so little of the chemicals go out into your body. It is a wonderful life saving treatment and I would not be here now had it not been available to me because I had already had some heart damage from the chemo in 92, I became diabetic because of the chemo in 92. I have several health problelms that just would not have allowed all those chemical to go throughout my body to killthe cancer cells, it would have killed too much of the good stuff at the same time. I sincerely hope this helps you to seek out a Dr. who does this procedure and see if your aunt is a canidate. If you can get her to one of the big cancer hospitals like Kettering Sloan, J. Hopkins, Mayo clinic, anywhere there is a radiology dept that does this treatment. Yes it is done by a specially trained radiologist and it is just amazing. Again I hope I have helped some and I wish you luck and will say my prayers for you both.

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