Re: Treatment Centers/Physicians
My treatment is mainly at Sloane Kettering in New York City. My surgeon is Dr. Yuman Fong. He took out my gallbladder and cleaned up "stuff" and implanted the liver infusion pump in April 2011. My next surgery is probably mid or end of March 2012.
My main oncologist is Dr. Nancy Kemeny. We've had our share of problems with systemic chemo (can't take the oxaliplatin anymore) and the pump (had 3 embolizations before we could finally use it). Plus blood infections, etc. I haven't had chemo since Nov. 2011 and want 1 or 2 more before my surgery to try to shrink the tumor some more. It was still shrinking as of Dec. 30, 2011 so hopefully it's still getting smaller. I've received the gemcitabine/oxaliplatin cocktail plus FUDR thru the pump.
I also go to Princeton when I don't get chemo in the pump. My oncologist there is Dr. Richard Lee. The oncological staff there has been trained by Dr. Kemeny's staff in the pump and can remove liquids/add saline only. So I only go there when I'm not getting long term maintenance or chemo thru the pump.
My resection is not yet scheduled. I'm hoping for sometime in March. That gives me a bit over a month to prepare for it and get my parents up to PA so they can care for and worry about me up close and personal. I'm praying it's successful!
"Don't just have minutes in the day; have moments in time."
Any opinions I give are based on personal experiences, and are not based on medical knowledge. I strongly suggest receiving medical care and opinions.