Topic: Intraperitoneal Chemo

Hey everyone,

I had to create a new login since I forgot my old one.  Must be the chemo brain.

I met with my oncologist yesterday.  Overall things are stable, what does that mean exactly?  I am confused by stability and cholangio.  There are no new growths.  There has been some improvements with Oxali/Gem, currently going on my 9th treatment. 

Though, he is against trying intraperitoneal treatment.  He said there would not be any benefit in doing it.  There was not enough progress seen on the scans.  I am being treated at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fl.  They just started doing it here in fact.  Intraperitoneal chemo is a very high dose of chemo targeted in the abdomen which is a very concentrated area. 

I am looking at getting into Wake Forest in NC.  They have performed over 7,400 hundred of these procedures, though it has never been done for cholangio.  It has mainly been done for ovarian and pancreatic cancer. 

I have been told it is a very aggressive treatment with possibly strong side effects.  I had a liver transplant 2 years ago and that may affect things. 

Does anyone have any experience with intraperitoneal? 

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. 

Thanks again,

Trevor

Re: Intraperitoneal Chemo

Hello Trevor, it is so good to see your face again! While I can't help with your question, just wanted to say a big hello. Stable is one of our favorite words in CC. Yes, CC can reach the word Stable and that is about as good as the word surgery. It's also great that you have a game plan and are moving forward. Wishing you the best of luck in this new plan and please keep us posted. Be strong and take care!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

Re: Intraperitoneal Chemo

I think I remember someone being treated with intraperitoneal chemo at UPMC.  I think it was for colon cancer...Could be wrong, though.

Best of luck!
Susie

Re: Intraperitoneal Chemo

Trevor....not on this site have we seen intraperitoneal however, we don't reach the entire CC community.  i think that you should check with Wake Forest.  And, make sure to write down the specifics as to "why yes" or "why no."
Sure am glad that you have found your way back to us.
All my best wishes,
Marion

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