It was quite by accident that a cancer was picked up in my liver back in July 2021.
The tumour was found at a very early stage, but the diagnosis still came as a shock. I thought, “well, we had better get on top of this”.
My case was handed to the multidisciplinary team at the hospital. They organised a TACE procedure for the following month.
I sailed through TACE. The procedure itself took only about 40 minutes, but I stayed in hospital overnight because I was quite groggy afterwards.
While I was hoping that we could nail the tumour with TACE, the procedure didn’t go to plan. The location of the tumour made it difficult to reach with the chemotherapy drugs.
I wasn’t too concerned, though, because I knew that there were back-up options. I just moved onto the next phase. In November of the same year, I had another type of treatment called SBRT.
I had to learn special breathing techniques so that I could stay as still as possible during the procedure and for the CT scans beforehand.
The whole SBRT process was quick and seamless. I had treatments every second day, and it was all over within 10 days.
I have had negligible after effects and no complications whatsoever.
A follow-up MRI scan three months after the SBRT showed that the tumour has already shrunk. I will have another MRI six months after the treatment to check that it has been successful.
I would like to praise the whole health care team for the timely and professional care I have received. I have felt well informed at every stage of the treatment process.
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