Topic: Radioembolization Y-90 sirspheres procedure completed
Well, I'm 3 days past having the Y-90 beads inserted and so far so good. I'm feeling OK and in fact spent a good chunk of today at the mall with my husband. I want to give you my experience so far in case anyone else is able to have this treatment.
First, I was *extremely* surprised that my insurance company approved this procedure really quickly. I had read that there had been denials and delays by others insurance companies so I was expecting the worst. The only thing I can figure is that maybe because since I have done every other possible procedure or surgery that quite honestly we're running out of things to try. But believe me, I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth.
So here's the deal. They tell me I may start having flu-like symptoms in a week or two, but maybe not, that could last a week up to 1 month. And some mild paid, but maybe not. It just depends on the person, and how strongly the tumors are affected by the radiation. Currently they have found 20+ tumors in my new liver, most of which are under 1 cm, but 3-4 are at about 1 cm. I'll keep you posted on how that part goes.
As for the procedure itself, it was very much like the "shunt study/liver arteriogram" that was done approx 1 week in advance of the actual procedure. I was given light sedation with a combo of the drugs versed and fentanyl, which allows you to respond to the surgeon's commands (holding your breath for the x-rays) but you don't remember anything. The hardest part for me is having to lie (lay/lie) still on my back for 5-6 hours while the puncture in my femoral artery closes up. I was able to go home the same day, but have been sleeping in the guest bedroom with the door shut so my cats don't get radiated since they like to curl up with me. I did that for 3 nights. I was told after 3 days there really shouldn't be any detectible radiation externally.
I will go for new scans in about 2 months to find out of the beads are working. My doctor wants to do another PET and MRI, he gets a much more complete story of what's going on in there. I'm also scheduled to start a new chemo treatment, Folfox, about 2 weeks after the procedure. I've done a bit of research on it and it seems to be a fairly free-of-tough-side effects treatment. The worst I've read about is sensitivity to cold, cold drinks, cold food, cold air. Lucky me that I'm starting it just as fall is around the corner.
If anyone has any questions, because I'm sure I've glossed or skipped over something, please feel free to ask. I'm very early into this treatment so I will add to this post as I progress through it, and have any new info to add.
(wow! this is a longer post than I thought it would be)