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    Alternative therapy???

    My mom has primary liver cancer. We tried surgery, but the tumor was attached to the vena cava (sp) so it could not be removed. We then did a round of chemoembolization. Then we did Nexavar for a couple of months. Then we tried another round of regular chemo that made her very sick. What are some other alternative therapies that we can try and what are some things that can help improve her liver function?


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    Hi stejon-sorry to hear of your moms cancer-did the doctor say there were no more treatment options?
    The chemo and frankly anything that has to battle a cancer is going to make one sick through the process. Altho some alternatives are out there- but It may be better to use those as a preventative in/ in early stages. I really doubt they are powerfull enough to handle an agressive type of cancer or once its in a full blown state
    Im not telling you what to do just giving my personal opinion. really its up to your mom-its her life and everyone should respect her decision.I wouldnt personally go there unless all options by my doctor was exhausted and he/she said-we cant do anything more.
    How this works the doctors will give her breaks and do bloodwork and scans throughout. they can adjust the medications so the side effects arent as harsh.
    -moms been battling going on her 6th year mark and shes had colon,ovary ,liver,colon again.
    she is in the middle of a chemo round right now. when she gets too weak or too many side effects creep up.
    she tells her oncologist(never think its minor and dont worry about complaining-they are use to it) you need to keep them constantly informed of reactions no matter how minor so they can adjust the treatments so she can get through them.
    tell her not to give up yet as long as her doctors havent -there is always a chance of something new that may work for her.
    let us know how shes doing.
    MOMS Journey
    April06- Emergencysurgery,exploratory,10units blood,largetumor and 10inches of colon removed,temp.colostomy.diagnosed stage IV colon.
    Oct06-radiation,surgery,several lymphs,cervix,1 ovary,fallopian,40% remaining colon,large tumor to adipose tissue,appendix,gallbladder removed.permant colostomy/iliostomy
    April 07-xeloda-overdose
    surgery-1/3liver,partial diaphra, removed clipped and questionable spots oblated.
    port-port rejection-port removed 1week.
    picc line,5fu,oxyplatin,camptosar.
    Oct-08-surgery-remaining ovary engulfed in tumor,partial bone scrape.
    transfusion central line TPN 1 month.
    oct-09-surgery tumor ,colon and jejuneum removed.
    xeloda reduced. severe dehydration,heart attack.
    mar-11 return to original site-oxyplatin,5fu
    dec-28-blood transfusion
    dec-30-back to chemo erbitux camtosar
    Jan-16 injections neulasta and aranesp
    feb 21-Tumor found stomach,liver, and liver "hot spots" inflamed lymph in rt ureter in kidney causing obstruction-surgery schedualed Mar 16.
    march 16/12-no more kidney obstruction not lymph ...dehydration is causing blockage, two litters blood for anemia, stomach liver tumor small-med,abalation, 1 hidden tumor deep in muscle mass on side flank(hid from scans) -gone!
    june/15/12-blood transfusion
    starting a regimine of celebrex
    aug/16/12-blood transfusion
    aug/30-12 discontinued celebrex -failure one kidney. needed to see urologist
    sept/10-12-good urologist report one kidney functioning well for now.
    oct/23/12-chemo pill Stivarga(regorafenib)
    Nov/22/12-blood transfusion
    dec/18/12-blood transfusion chemo pill dosage cut back to 1 pill.
    Feb/21/13 neulasta injection
    Feb/22/13-blood transfusion. still taking stivarga.
    mar/20/13-arenespt injection rehydration and magnesium IV
    mar/21/13-acute renal failure-kidney infection
    april/1/13.-recovery from 4 day coma infection cleared/4 units blood/ off stivarga/starting rehab therapy,
    swollen hand no apparent reason black spots in vision off and on. both cleared up.
    may/22/13-home oxycodone for pain shoulder neck arm
    june/1/13 pain subsided off oxy onto aleve
    june/09/13-pain back off aleve on vicodin
    june 10/13-cancer in back/neck- starting radiation for arm neck and shoulder pain.
    june24/13-last day of radiation-on steroids
    july1/13-swollen legs and feet-lasix off steroids still on vicodin and xanax
    july 23/13 vicodin cut in half blood transfusion.
    sept/6/13-off all pain meds since late aug
    scan results fracture in spine mid back
    sept/12/13-spine healing on its own,weaning off steroids, no visible tumors.
    nov/7/13-edema both legs and one arm on lasix since oct.
    nov/21/13- leg edema subsiding still alot in one arm- she is talking but keeps her eyes closed. achy but no major pain. nurse and aide to visit once a week schedualed. having trouble standing.
    nov/24/13-sadly but peacefully moms cancer journey is at an end, she will start her new spiritual journey together hand in hand with dad.


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