Friday, April 30, 2010

CT-Guided Liver Biopsy

Today I'm having a CT-guided liver biopsy done at IMC here in Utah. We're doing this to get a fresh sample of my tumor. A company called TGen in Phoenix is going to profile my tumor on a molecular level. With that profile, they will be able to determine a new and possibly more effective list of drugs that will react strongly with my specific tumors. It's a very exciting and interesting field of cancer research. I could end up getting a chemo drug that is used to treat breast, or prostrate, or whatever kind of cancer. Having a look at the genetics changes everything, so I'm pretty excited about it. Dr Feldman and many others have recommended this for me and I'm optimistic. The biggest problems will probably end up being financial ones, and getting my insurance company to pay for a chemo regimen that isn't commonly used. I really hope that it works out though.

Anyways, the biopsy has no real risks associated or anything. I just wanted to let everybody know what is going on. I'm still doing radiation and that still seems to be working. My pain continues to lessen. Those treatments are done on Tuesday. I'll let everybody know what the results are from TGen when we get them. From what I've heard, it takes a little while to get the results back. Hopefully not too long.

1 comment:

Ann Marie said...

Thanks for the update..

It's good that research and science is continuing to improve with Cancer/Tumor Studies.

You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers...