Topic: Ever heard of or had Liver Dialysis?!?!
My brother continues to fight hard to get to chemo. He has had obstacles of a liver abscess, stents and drains placed and replaced, and sepsis while continuing to have a persistent elevated bilirubin level that will NOT go down. Originally his first stent placed in the beginning brought his bilirubin down from around a 6 to a 2. But with surgery and everything I listed above, the bilirubin today is 12.5 Doctors here feel like their hands are tied with what to do next because the stents are working well and his original liver abscess is reducing in size and not draining much anymore. Doctors went as far as to say, we don't know if we will ever get to chemo with this infection and elevated bilirubin. Well, of course as CC fighters, we say that "NEVER" is not an answer or option!
We consider to brainstorm and "think outside of the box" as the doctors here are saying. My brother believes that getting out of the hospital, going home for some R&R with IV antibiotics will clear the infection, allow some mental strength to rebuild which rebuild his immune/physical strength and help bring that bilirubin level down. Even the liver specialist said his liver, itself, is healthy and not acutely failing.
With all that said, has anyone on this website ever used or heard of liver dialysis with CC? The doctors have heard of MARS and ELAD which are mainly used in cirrhotic patients as a bridge to transplant. This hospital is going to begin this dialysis here even though it is still in the experimental phase. One of the liver doctors has a close relationship with the MARS or ELAD company (not sure which one) and will bring this case to them. I told the doctor that if this is a possibility with CC patients, that I could share this idea on this website and potentially save many lives. It just makes sense...clean out the toxins, make the levels to a chemo-ready state, and get chemotherapy started!
Let me know of your thoughts and any ideas!!!