2nd TACE Treatment July 19, 2013 - largely ineffective - scheduled for gall bladder removal on August 6th and also RF ablation or ethanol injections at the same time. We are hoping this will knock it down for a while, hopefully a long while.
Gall Bladder removed 8/2/2013. This was followed by my first RF ablation, and then by ethanol injections. Surgeons seem pleased with results, but of course it is way too early to tell.
9/17/2013 - First AFP after GB removal and RF ablation and ethanol injections is down to 11.5 - this is good news !
Also my AST is 36 and ALT is 48 - record lows, lowest in decades, and....
" MRI shows no areas of viable tumor and all veins are patent (no tumor thrombus).", this from my surgical oncologist, Dr. Pippa Newell !
Of course, what happens next will be equally important - will the AFP stay down, will the tumor stay gone. But I am grateful for this good news right now.
AFP = 9.5
Bilirubin and ALT rising from previous values, everything else pretty good -
Evaluation of latest imaging shows no sign of original tumor.
Possible trans plant re-evaluation Feb/March 2014
Update March 26, 2014 : February Labs remain good AFP still at 9.5. New 1cm growth detected in right lobe (original tumor in Left lobe). Oncology team believes it benign.
They also propose I be reevaluated for transplant and OHSU has agreed. This will occur the middle of April.
If I can get through this with just a fraction of the grace, dignity, and courage that HectorSF has shown to so many of us for so long I will be satisfied.
On the fence about treating ?
Don't delay - be proactive - stay proactive !
Seriously folks, I delayed treatment and look where I am now...
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