Apr 08, 2011
Yesterday afternoon was my husband's third TACE session, and I had mentally braced myself for the worst. Previous experience had prepared me to expect him to have lots of nausea, pain, and discomfort, but none of it materialized this time. In fact, both the doctor and I were pleasantly surprised at my husband's recovery. He slept for about 4 hours after the procedure, but upon waking was alert, animated, and hungry. Whereas in previous sessions he suffered quite a bit for a day or two after, this session didn't even seem to phase him one bit. Within 8 hours, he was walking around and joking with the nurses and visitors. He was taken off the IV the same evening, and discharged early morning in good form and good spirits.
What was most encouraging was the radiologist's assessment of the current situation; he stated that only one tumor demonstrated visible continued activity upon investigation, and he was confident the target tumor was delivered chemo and embolized successfully in this session as well.
Certainly no guarantees, but very encouraging information, and much better than I could have hoped for. His AFP prior to TACE session #2 was 145, but just prior to this treatment it was back down to 14. All of this gives us great hope looking forward. There will certainly be follow-up in about a month's time with CT-Scan imaging, AFP, and other bloodwork, but today I feel every reason to rejoice. How unexpectedly funny that my husband is feeling great and energetic, and I'm feeling absolutely exhausted, but at peace for the time being.
Looking forward to an uneventful weekend :).