Minnie and Texas Doc, just wanted to welcome you both to the forum. I had not heard of Sirtex, so the info is appreciated. I had hepatocellular carcinoma (an 11.5 x 12 cm tumor) that had metastasized into the inferior vena cava. I had chemoembolization and TheraSphere to shrink it at Mayo Jacksonville (FL), and then had a right hepatectomy. I have been in remission for nearly 4 yrs. The description sounds like the Sirtex is similar to the TheraSphere, but less damaging to surrounding tissue.
ETA: I wanted to second that having an excellent Interventional Radiologist is extremely important. I have a fantastic one at Mayo. He's so skilled that he causes me no pain whatsoever. He also knows just what to expect from treatment and what to look for. I still use him when an IV is needed for contrast for a scan, as it has to be done with imagining.
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Post Edited (hep93) : 4/15/2010 12:36:22 PM (GMT-6)