I can't have RFA as my tumors aren't stable anymore 😞 I has a consultation re SIRT, which can be given when tumors are growing. It's not available on the NHS and looking at around 26-30k privately. Unlike RFA it's unlikely to completely destroy the tumors, data is limited but the consultant said something like 50% will have at least 50% shrinkage and 12-16 extra months life - vast majority of patients have had lots of chemo and it's a last chance treatment (most patients have bowel cancer spread to the liver). They give chemo along side SIRT too. Not sure what I'm going to do. Speaking to my oncologist in a week and would like to check out other radiotherapy technique available x
I've got multiple liver mets and my oncologist does not have any experience of RFA etc. I'd be really interested to know how you found out about who to get a referral to - did you do the research yourself and you could private message me the name of the radiologist at Kings?
Hi again - and apologies, I should have put "get a second opinion" instead of "ask your hospital to refer". (Aarrgghh, chemo brain!)
I did know someone who had SIRT, privately. If my mets were suitable for localised treatment (which is unlikely) I would be keen to go the RFA route if possible.
I wish you all possible success with an appropriate treatment in 2014. 🙂
Not had this treatment myself but I do have multiple liver mets. Just to clarify, do you mean SIRT (selective internal radiotherapy)? Some info from Macmillan, here
and from CRUK, here
but as you say, not much about liver mets from breast cancer.
Could you be referred to a hospital that could give you RFA?
Hi ladies, has anyone had radioactive beads for liver mets? I have 8 small liver tumours, all less than 2cms and am considering RFA. My hospital doesn't do RFA, they do this bead thing instead. However, it's mainly been used on people with bowel cancer that has spread to the liver so they don't have much data on SBC success. Has anyone had this procedure? Many thanks, Cx