Sanch, maybe they decided he hadn't been sober long enough and were reluctant to spend time and resources on someone whose sobriety they weren't certain of. And he certainly shot himself in the foot by drinking again. I had the same thought that Zif did, too: He may have turned in a dirty urine. He should have asked for more specifics and if there were anything he could do to change their minds about
treatment. By the way, liver patients don't "go on chemo." Chemoembolization is targeted treatment to the tumor/tumors, in which a catheter is threaded up through the groin to the liver and chemo is injected into the tumors to shrink them. If they want them to shrink even more, they will do it again in 3 mos. It takes that long for the treatment to take full effect.
There is another treatment called TheraSphere...delivered the same way. It's microscopic beads of radiation and it kills the tumors...but sometimes the lobe as well, as in my case. The whole rt. lobe was removed and I did well on just the left lobe until I developed a cancerous tumor there. I received one chemoembolization when it was 4.9 cm, to keep it below 5 cm, in order to qualify for TP, which I received shortly afterwards.
I'm curious about
all the pills he is taking. Is he aware that they won't work if he is drinking? He may be receiving a cancer pill that impedes the growth of the tumors. He may also be taking a diuretic and some vitamins or supplements, but I can't imagine what else he would be taking.
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Post Edited (hep93) : 7/22/2013 12:20:30 PM (GMT-6)