Sunday, May 29, 2016

Way To Go Joe

This wonderful man of mine never ceases to amaze me with his strength and courage!! He may have dropped a class in horseshoes, but look where he placed today!! And this is his "down week of chemo" He can't eat much right now because everything has a metallic taste to it including water which causes him to become dehydrated easily. He did manage to get a full bottle down though while he was pitching and is working on his second one even as I write this. You Go Joe!!! I love you so much my strong, courageous husband.

I downloaded the following article from the internet. It is a procedure Joe will be having as soon as the insurance approves it.

Yttrium-90 Radioembolization

Radioembolization is very similar to chemoembolization but with the use of radioactive microspheres. This therapy is used to treat both primary and metastatic liver tumors.
This treatment incorporates the radioactive isotope Yttrium-90 into the embolic spheres to deliver radiation directly to the tumor. Each sphere is about the size of five red blood cells in width. These beads are injected through a catheter from the groin into the liver artery supplying the tumor. The beads become lodged within the tumor vessels where they exert their local radiation that causes cell death. This technique allows for a higher, local dose of radiation to be used, without subjecting healthy tissue in the body to the radiation. The Yttrium-90 radiates from within and, since it is administered in the hepatic artery, it can be viewed as "internal" radiation.
Radioembolization is a palliative, not a curative, treatment-but patients benefit by extending their lives and improving their quality of life. It is a relatively new therapy that has been effective in treating primary and metastatic liver cancers. It is performed as an outpatient treatment. There are fewer side effects from this treatment compared to standard cancer treatments, with the main one being fatigue for seven to 10 days.