Topic: Needle biopsy - BEWARE
I'm following several other websites, etc. with patients being transplanted for CC. ( like my mother). I want to share this post from a young man just starting the Mayo protocol in Florida. What his docs are saying is the same that we were told at Mayo - minnesota and luckily my mom's doctors at Yale (1st opinion)knew NOT to biopsy the tumor. If this type of biopsy is known to potentially spread the cancer, I hope every new member having to come to this board can be made aware. Occasionally I do read new members talking about a biopsy and it gets me going to think that some docs out there must not agree or know about this?? I just don't know.
Here is Brian's post from a day of testing at Mayo - Jacksonville:
The only setback we had so far is that when they did the biopsy the beginning of September (the one that diagnosed the bile duct cancer), the doctors at MUSC used a needle and went from outside my skin into the liver to get the samples. Normally that type of biopsy would automatically disqualify me for the liver transplant because when they pulled the needle out cancer cells could have seeded in my abdomen and skin. Dr. Harnois had already been aware of this and had spoken to several members of the review board and they said they would consider my case. With this information she felt that there was not a problem with going forward with the evaluation for now. They will probably do some extra radiation in that area to be extra safe before the transplant. The problem is that with a liver transplant they have to put me on medicine during and after the transplant to lower my immune system so low that the body won