Good morning all,
I hope you are all having as good a day as you can. My husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 CRC about 2 months ago. He has metastases to his omentum and peritoneum. He is 42 years old and otherwise in good health. He has completed 3 rounds of Folfirinox and is tolerating them reasonably well. Blood work is still good. We are very interested in getting some opinions on HIPEC so I'm trying to decide where to take him. These are my options:
1. Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Florida - this one is closest to home and there is a surgeon that does HIPEC for peritoneal mesothelioma, but not for CRC.
2. UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center - I see one surgeon on their website that does HIPEC.
3. Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia - It's a long way from home, but they have a Peritoneal Surface Malignancy program and seem to have extensive experience with CRC.
4. Wake Forrest - A long way from home, but they have well published and respected surgeons who seem to have lots of HIPEC experience.
Please share with me any thoughts or experiences you have with these locations, or others.
One more thing I am worried about. I understand that chemo can seriously suppress the immune system. There are lots of people with colds and flus in airports and on planes. Any ideas on how to best protect my husband when exposed to the germy public?
Wife to wonderful man with CRC
Stage IV Diagnosis 1/27/17, Mets to Liver, Omentum, Peri
KRAS Mutation, G12, MSS
Folfirinox 2/8/17, completed 9 rounds
Follow-Up PET 4/13/17 - Very encouraging. Definite shrinkage and 2/3 liver mets resolved.
Follow-Up PET 6/13/17 - Very encouraging. Even more shrinkage.