Good point, cbsmith. That is IF the medtronic-codman catheter trial goes well and they are still being used. To date, MSK has only implanted about 60 of them starting about seven months ago. Someone on one of the facebook groups, let's call her "AA", recently reported that her pump is defective/damaged/or otherwise not working (she didn't really provided details as she herself does not know what is going on with it). She had hers put in about seven months ago so she is one of the first. She's been in and out of MSK all week and returns Monday for a thorough review.
I know only about a dozen or so people personally with the medtronic-codman catheter and all of them have been recently implanted. AA is the only one I have been in contact with who had it placed more than a couple months ago. Only time will tell whether the others with have similar problems as to what she is experiencing.
While I realize that these particular pumps have been used in thousands of spines, the question of its safety with the codman adapted catheter remains to be answered.
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Wife 4/17 Dx age 45
5/17 - Lap left hemi
5 x 4 x 1 cm
T3 N2b M1a
Stage IV A
lymph nodes: 9 of 54
8/17 Sub-total colectomy
2nd tumor 5.5 cm T1 N0
CEA: 1.4, 2.1, 1.5, 1.9, 1.9, 2.1, 2.1, 2.4, 1.7, 2.0, 2.9, 2.2
Lynch no; KRAS wild
Immunohistochemsistry: Normal MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2
Tumor DNA variants: MTOR, APC, TP53
1/18 Liver left hepatectomy seg 4
5/18 CT clear
12/18 MRI shows met
Resection & HAI Mar 7??