Rachael Wall has no family history of colon cancer, yet at 26, she has a stage IV diagnosis. She discusses her journey from learning that she had colon cancer and that it spread to her liver. She shares what it was like as a young adult to learn how to deal with surgery, a colostomy, SIR-Spheres® Y-90 resin microspheres, chemotherapy, and the possible down-staging to a liver resection.
This video was kindly shared by the non-profit organization YES! that provides education, resources, and support to anyone who has been affected by liver tumors.
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SIR-Spheres® Y-90 resin microspheres are indicated for the treatment of unresectable metastatic liver tumors from primary colorectal cancer with adjuvant intra-hepatic artery chemotherapy (IHAC) of FUDR (Floxuridine).
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Almost all treatments and drugs produce unwanted side effects. Most side effects following a Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) procedure are minor, but a small number can be serious. Every patient is different in how he or she reacts to a treatment. Many patients experience abdominal pain or tightness in their abdomen, nausea and loss of appetite which normally subsides within a week. Patients also develop a mild fever that may last for up to a week, and fatigue which may last for several weeks.
In rare instances, a small number of microspheres may inadvertently reach other organs in the body, such as the gallbladder, stomach, intestine, lung, or pancreas. If SIR-Spheres® Y-90 resin microspheres reach these organs, they may cause inflammation and potentially ulceration. These complications are rare, but if they do occur they may require additional medical treatment.
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