Mohrfamily wrote:I'm sure I know but can't quite remember but what kind of side effects does one have after HAI placement? What are the chances that they will resect (the colon) during that surgery?
There is a very good chance they will resect the colon during the HAI pump placement surgery. It's pretty standard. I also had a liver resection at the same time, so essentially 3 surgeries at once: colon resection, liver resection, and HAI pump placement.
As others have mentioned, there aren't really any side-effects from the chemo (FUDR) in the HAI pump. However, you are given a systemic chemo at the same time (like 5FU, Irinotecan, Xeloda, Erbitux, etc), and that does cause side-effects. But they are controllable to some extent with meds. The pump itself is a dream though - it kills the tumors and you don't feel a thing.