Topic: Intrasurgical spacer and proton therapy
My husband has been on chemo since June and was doing better than anyone expected. Then suddenly the chemo quit working and the mass was the same size or a little larger than when we began. It is a 14x13 cm mass. Doctor discontinued chemo until we could see the radiologist. They have scheduled him for an Alloderm spacer to be surgically placed between the stomach/small bowel and the liver in order to protect that tissue while giving the equivalent of 10 weeks of radiation in 3 weeks through proton therapy directly into the liver. They say they are doing this with curative intent. Now I do know that he is 1 cm over the protocal for this treatment. But, they are doing it anyway. They said at this point, that is his best option. Has anyone else out there had this done. We were told this was part of an ongoing trial begun several years ago. but, the spacer being implanted has only been done at MD Anderson we are told 5 times with tumors this large. They said it has proven very successful.