1 (edited by PCL1029 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 16:56:27)

Topic: Efficacy of Radiation Treatment for Unresectable CCA Patients

Hi, everyone,


http://www.asco.org/ASCOv2/Meetings/Abs … tID=105758

Fill in the abstract number 273, click the title on next page.

God bless.

Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If  provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.

Re: Efficacy of Radiation Treatment for Unresectable CCA Patients

thank you Percy. interesting.

Re: Efficacy of Radiation Treatment for Unresectable CCA Patients

Hi,
You are always welcome.

God bless.

Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If  provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.

Re: Efficacy of Radiation Treatment for Unresectable CCA Patients

Hi Percy,

Thanks for this info.  I'm guessing it applies to SBRT also?  I'm starting that next month.  Surgery is not an option for me so it was good to see this study where there were some positives outcomes for radiotherapy.

Mary

Re: Efficacy of Radiation Treatment for Unresectable CCA Patients

HiMary,
Yes, it applies to SBRT also, see below quote from 21stoncology.com.

" External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) technologies,is including Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT). Because of the pinpoint accuracy of this technology, SBRT can deliver higher doses of radiation in fewer treatment sessions, with less risk to surrounding healthy tissue. Treatment is delivered in one to five sessions compared to five to eight weeks with standard EBRT treatment. SBRT is particularly effective against small, well-defined tumors in inoperable or surgically risky locations such as the liver or lung."
God bless.

Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If  provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.

Re: Efficacy of Radiation Treatment for Unresectable CCA Patients

Thanks for the clarification Percy.  I'm excited to start SBRT and see some positive results!!!  You are full of so much useful information on this disease.  Your posts have helped me understand a lot more clearly.

Thank you again,
Mary

Re: Efficacy of Radiation Treatment for Unresectable CCA Patients

Hi, Mary,

Thanks for your compliment. It helps me as well when I do the research for this disease  because I am also a patient too as you may know by now.

Frankly sometimes I get depressed during my research on this cancer;on the other hand most of the time, I feel the chance for us, as patients of CCA , to survive longer and better in the near future is not out of the question due to the advancement of radiation technology, the aggressiveness of the  surgical approach and to a very limited extent ,the chemotherapy and targeted therapy.
God bless.

Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If  provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.

Re: Efficacy of Radiation Treatment for Unresectable CCA Patients

Hi Percy,

I can imagine how the research can be depressing.  You delve so much more deeply than I do into this disease and I find it difficult at times.  It sometimes makes me feel so hopeless.  That's when I pull back a bit and try to regain my positivity.  It is difficult - so I thank you again for your perseverance.  This website, and all the people on it, have helped me immensely.  I've learned so much from all of you and it has helped me with questions for my doctors.

I keep asking my doctor about surgery since I hear that is the best chance of long term survival.  But I keep being told because the tumor is on the left and right side of my bile duct in my liver, and also at the junction point where the bile duct leads into the liver and also because lymph nodes were involved, that I am not a candidate for surgery.  But I will keep asking that question as I continue other treatment. 

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC.  I am considering sending all my records to Dr. Kato at NY Presbyterian for a surgical opinion.  I don't want to do that until I complete the SBRT next month.

Again, thank you all for the informative information on this website.  It is invaluable for all of us dealing with this disease.

Mary