Lele88 wrote:My mum is a vet,so has some medicine knowledge herself, .....And how would you answer my mum's question?
... and the first thing she said was " if this is working so well,why isn't it done all over the world by doctors?
It's not a new treatment, direct treatment of the liver is known since years"
I had to admit that I couldn't answer her this question. Can I ask you if you had contact with any other of Kemeny's patients,amazing would be to know someone especially from Germany who did that?
AND ... ask your Mom what is wrong with even being " one of the lucky patients " ?????I am just worried I might be talking to a couple of "lucky patients from Mrs Kemenys patients" and there might be others who had extreme complications.
gfpiv wrote:Plain and simple, HAI at Sloan Kettering saved my life. It's not always a possibility with lung mets, but sometimes it is. More than half my liver was cancerous 8 years ago, yet I now have no evidence of it in my body.
And frankly, it has always bothered me - and continues to bother me - that so few people that might benefit from HAI are ever even presented with it as an option by their oncologist. In fact, this concern is why I still pop in to this board from time to time. Way too many oncologists and hospitals have no HAI expertise, and for some reason it's easier for them to just poo-poo the proven effectiveness of the treatment in many cases. If I had listened to my first or second opinions and not found these boards online...I probably would not be here today.
HAI can be pretty intense on your liver and bile ducts, so it requires a certain level of health to be considered a candidate. And in your mom's case, finances and travel could be a huge issue that I wouldn't envy having to deal with. However, knowing what I now know, I would have gone to some pretty extensive lengths to give HAI a shot. Yes, I still deal with some issues from intensive chemo treatments, as many survivors do. But I am thankful every day that so far I have been one of the "lucky ones".
Unfortunately, your mom probably doesn't have an easy choice or an easy road ahead of her, but I wish her good luck whatever path she takes. And you have already received some excellent feedback from some helpful and knowledgeable people here.
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