Hi Julia sorry I haven't been on the forum for a little while. I saw a bowel cancer consultant regarding the SIRT as it is usually used to treat bowel cancer patients. They have fairly recently given it to BC patients and found it can work. They give 3 cycles of Folfox (5FU, oxaliplatin etc) chemo with the SIRT. Christies and Nottingham do the SIRT but I am not sure where else do it. Hope you are ok. Best wishes xx
I'm v interested in the possibility of SIRT or RFA. I was dx in March de novo metastic (several liver mets at present - largest about 2.5cm). Just wonder which London hospitals do the procedure. I know that King's and the Marsden seem to offer RFA on a fairly regular basis, but I'm not sure who does SIRT or how to go about investigating it as a possible treatment. I had a neighbour who had it at St. Thomas's for testicular cancer (over 5 yrs ago), but had never heard of it for liver mets until I happened upon this thread. Any info would be sooooo gratefully received.
Also, if you don't mind me being nosey, what kind of chemo are you receiving?
They do SIRT at The Christie in Manchester. It's private and cost between £25 and £30K
Hi, horsie, sorry for late reply. I'm glad to see you posting again. Well done for going through all that treatment. It can't have been easy but it has done you well.
Hope things continue to go the right way. I'm sure they will. You sound a strong lady.
Lots of love. Sheila. Xxx
Hi. Haven't been in here for ages and have just seen your message. Yes, I have had SIRT. It was developed for colorectal cancers which had spread to the liver but interventional radiologists are now using it for bc patients where it has spread to the liver, with more success.. The bc tumours respond better to SIRT than others! It is not available on the nhs for bc patients at the mo. It's about £30,000. I had a 9.8cm tumour and 4 others measuring about 3-4 cms. My consultant is in The London Oncology Clinic in Harley St. After 5 weeks tumours shrunk by 50 %, had it done end of May and they are still shrinking. The massive dose of radioactive beads stays in you for a while and keeps working. My largest tumour is now just under 3cm!!!! My insurance company paid for it...x
Hi Nicola, glad you found the link. Yes I have liver mets but I have not had SIRT and I don't think I would qualify, too many mets and they are not clearly defined on scans (which is why I now have PET-CT scans rather than standard CT scans). But I did know someone who had SIRT, some years ago. I don't think it was on the NHS!
There's an earlier thread about this,
(if the link doesn't work, the subject title is "Radioactive beads for liver mets").