After two chemoembolization treatments (local chemo therapy and cutting off blood supply to tumor) my liver tumor continues to grow and AFP increases despite the best efforts of my cancer treatment team. This tumor is an aggressive bugger and continues to find a way to thrive even under circumstances that would normally destroy most liver cancer tumors.
Now is the time to take another approach.
The Plan - 'Terminate with extreme prejudice'!!!
I will be having Percutaneous Ethanol Injection (PEI) treatments. “Percutaneous” meaning through the skin. Alcohol because it causes tumor destruction by dehydrating the tumor cells and pure alcohol also blocks blood flow to the tumor by causing the tumor’s blood vessels to clot which leads to tumor death.
It will be “interesting” having an ultrasound guided needle stuck through my chest and into my liver’s tumor in order to destroy it. Think “Pulp Fiction”. Since this is almost pure alcohol (think Bacardi 151 +) flambing the tumor may be an option also!
Whatever it takes!!!
"We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails."
Howie, " you keep adjusting those sails". You are so right, that old wind has the tendency to try to sweep us away!!!!! It's up to us and our crew to tact in and out of danger. Hector, from what I have seen over the last few years, you are a strong and willing Captian. It is entirely possiable that you have the very best crew in the entire world!!!!!!!! I know your first mate is world renown!!!!
Thinking about you all the time!
P.S. Yesterday I finished my last pill in Gilead 24 week Sofo riba trial post liver tranx with cirrortics. Thank you again for the heads up on that trial. I cannot thank you enough for all the help you so kindly gave me!!!!!!
Please let us know when you're going to have this done and how it goes. I check here every day to see if there's news about you, and I'm sure many of us do the same. If anyone can get through this , you can.
Wowie zowie Howie (please excuse, its probably a tired old phrase to you but I've never gotten to use it), that sounds like a tough tx. I hope, hope, hope it works without causing too much collateral damage. It may be a badass tumor, but it has chosen a really badass guy to try to take down. I think it has met it's match.
All of us here on the forum have been putting lots of our good thoughts and prayers out there for you Howie, now maybe we should all come together in seriously visualizing that tumor shrinking away to non-existance. Let us know when you are having this procedure so we can all try to focus our energies on you and against it right at the same time, okay?
Let us know when you are having this procedure so we can all try to focus our energies on you and against it right at the same time, okay?
Please do let us know.
Count me in on the prayers and visualizations, ladies!!
Oh, Howie, this was not the news we wanted but you are amazing and I agree with the others...if anyone can do this, you can!! Do let us know the date and time of your next procedure and I will "be" there with the others, cheering for you, seeing the tumor meet its end. Think Terminator!!!
You're still education us, having hep c or being cleared,we still have to watch for liver cancer. Sending you positive thoughts and energy to beat this. I think you've suffered enough and it's time to get a break. Everyone is pulling for you. Thanks for keeping us updated on your condition.I truly admire you....
I'm putting lots of effort into visualizations for you all this upcoming week, but I'm setting an alarm to make sure I'm especially focused at the time of the procedure. Don't forget to tell us of any changes to the schedule. We are all going to work together on it this time!
I will be meditating to relax before my procedure. Preparing for the needle being stuck through my chest and into my liver and tumor. I will be visualizing my tumor being entirely drenched in cancer killing ethanol while its blood vessels clot and strangle it.
I have a lot of faith in my Interventional Radiology team. They are very caring and warm people. I feel it very lucky to have them fighting on my side.
Dang Hector, I was hoping and praying that all this tumor stuff would be gone by now. Hopefully with this new approach to "Terminate with extreme prejudice'!!!", it'll knock that tumor out of this world once and for all. I will continue sending prayers and goodness all the way from Sacramento in hopes that the short distance makes them even more helpful and effective. God Bless!!
Just checking in to confirm that your procedure is tomorrow at 9;00 am pacific standard time, yes?
I want to make sure I am on time to send some spiritual support.
All the best Howie, you will have a lot of people focused on you at that moment and beyond.
Hector, Lots of prayers sent your way! (did I miss something with the Howie? I did not know that was your nickname?) I am frequently checking in here to see how you are getting along. Sorry to hear Your still having problems with this nasty tumor! Thanks for letting us know, we love you!
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