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Ablation vs Liver Resection


Re: Ablation vs Liver Resection

Thanks Jacksy - really useful to hear your experience. 


Re: Ablation vs Liver Resection

Hello Bythebeach,

Sorry I've only just seen this. Ive had both ablation and resection. Ablation is much quicker to get over, less invasive, but potentially less of a permanent solution. I had it twice, and it recurred twice. I then had a resection at the end of 2012 and have been clear so far since then. There are guidelines about the number and size of lesions, as well as where else you have secondaries etc, for ablation.

When I went for a resection the surgeon was quite confident that he would take a bigger margin and that it would be more successful than ablation. I went to the Royal Free in London. I was off work for several months (6 I think) as its major surgery, and I spent the first 24 hours in intensive care. The ablation needed a brief general anaesthetic and I was up and about soon after, and back at work a few days later. That was done at UCLH.

I hope this is helpful. They first found I had liver secondaries in 2007, and my liver is now NED (it's other bits of me that are the focus just now), so take heart. I hope your current treatment is really successful



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Re: Ablation vs Liver Resection

Hi bythebeach

Sorry youve not had many replies but this an area of treatment that doesnt seem to be offered to many SBC ladies with liver mets, therefore there's not many ladies who could reply and add their experiences. As has been said it does depend on how the mets are distributed, tiny ones wouldnt be treated in this way and I guess if you have too many larger ones they may also not be treated this way. Maybe you can ask your local team if its something they are able to carry out and therefore advise on or if not ask for a second opinion at one of the major Cancer centres such as The Marsedn or The Christie (or others) depending on where you live?  Good luck though with your ongoing treatment.

Nicky x


Re: Ablation vs Liver Resection

Hiya by the beach
Sorry you havent had any replies and I haven't got any info either but please search the threads and see if there are any older postings that might give you some help.
We are very supportive here so please join in and stay with us.

Re: Ablation vs Liver Resection

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Ablation vs Liver Resection



First time posting on the forum. I was diagnosed last March with liver mets and over the year have read a number of the liver posts which have been extremely helpful and comforting.


I am currently looking into Ablation and Liver Resection as my Oncologist says that this might be an option for me in the future. Does anyone have any recent experience of either route that they would be willing to share with me?


Many thanks