Topic: spread to liver
We haven't posted in quite awhile because things were going smoothly. Gary had surgery in April to fix his pancreatic leak and hernias - resulting from his Whipple in dec. 2007(many, many complications with that). Folfox had been suspended for the recent surgery in order to give him better quality of life (which it did do). His CA-19 was at 41.2 and recently went up to 59. A CT scan and biopsy show the cancer has spread to a 3x2.9 cm mass in his liver. Today's appt. with the oncologist confirms he's now at Stage 4, and he'll be going back on Folfox with Tarceva added as well. She recommended we research clinical trials as she has nothing further to offer him.
I know I have alot of computer time ahead of me but need a day or so to assimilate this new deveopment. I'll start with doing a search here of liver spread and tarceva - then go to clinicaltrials.gov. I know Gary has questions about the rapidity of spread and how long this can be kept under control. He feels quite good now, digestive problems have been relieved some, still short on energy and can't gain weight. But he's eating well, following the Anticancer book diet, acupuncture, massages, meditation, etc.
I'll be looking for information on embolization, ablation, etc. Just when I thought we had become experts on what we were dealing with, now it feels like we're starting all over again. The nature of the beast!! Any suggestions would be appreciated. Elaine and Gary