SIRT – Part 1

Tomorrow morning at 7:30am I am to present myself to St Vincent’s Hospital for tests to determine whether or not I am able to receive SIR Therapy.

Follow this link to find out exactly what it is…


It’s pretty intense. They’re going to inject thousands of tiny radioactive particles directly into my liver in an attempt to kill the tumours. It is usually very successful but it’s heavy duty and I will be flat on my back for about 4 weeks afterwards, if it goes ahead.

I’ve already met with the surgeon responsible for the procedure and tomorrow has been organised to give me an angiogram, a CT scan and then, as I understand it, one radioactive sphere will be inserted. This is all designed to track how the blood and radiation flow through my liver.

In a perfect world there will be no leakage from my liver into the bowel or lungs or through the hepatic artery, as this can cause complications further down the line. Doc says 85% of people respond well to this treatment….only 15% don’t. Medically speaking, these are the best odds I’ve been given so far.

If you pray, now would be a good time. This is by far the scariest procedure I’ve encountered so far and, even though chemo makes me feel awful, I know what to expect when it comes. This treatment is a completely unknown element for me and as such I’m a little anxious. Anxious that it might burn, anxious that I might not be able to receive the full scale radiation infusion due to the way my body is wired… anxious that there will be a fair degree of poking and prodding all day long and a decent level of discomfort for the duration. And of course, the needles. I don’t like needles.

I’m going to be carrying this picture with me…. to remind myself what it’s all for should the fear begin to creep in.

I’ll do anything to defend this….


~ by Kristian Anderson on October 24, 2010.

29 Responses to “SIRT – Part 1”

  1. Although this procedure sounds scary if the odds are right it is worth taking a leap of faith on. The picture of your family is exactly why the needles and discomfort are worth going through. I really hope and pray that this procedure is right for you and will give you the success that you are praying for.
    I promise you that I will say a prayer specifically for you and your family each and every day over the coming weeks until we hear again how you are doing.
    Wishing you every blessing and hope,
    Gina Baynham and family.

  2. I just wanted to let you know my friend that you are in my thoughts and prayers each and every day till this fight you are in ends with you being victorious

  3. I will be thinking and praying for this treatment to Have effect on the cancer and to work it’s way and kill that tumour. I had to go through a similar treatment here in Montreal, what I can say is the discomfort was worth it, so keep that picture with you so you can focus on the important things in your life. My kids were my strenght to keep on going and never giving up! All my positive energy and prayers are with you.
    Stephanie from Montreal

  4. Summoning all the prayer warriors Kris! …..”Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I WILL be with you; And through the rivers they shall NOT overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall NOT be burned. Nor shall the flames scorch you. For I am the Lord your God The Holy One of Israel, your Saviour”. Isaiah 43:2-3a… you, mum and dad xx

  5. Hey kris
    will be praying and fasting tomorrow for you and Rach. remember the verse of scripture
    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6)
    i found this too take what you want from it… but believing for peace to rest upon you as you give your cares over to him praying for strength and a god report not just a good report.
    much LOVE shell xx

  6. Yes, we pray! And yes, we, along with all of our prayer partners will be praying! The picture is perfect-you can see Jesus is in your hearts and that is all any of us need!!!! We love you, Bill & Kari

  7. Hey Kristian, you are in my prayers for sure! I hate needles (and hospitals) too so feel with you on that aspect. I recently had a baby and spent 13 days in hospital, with drips and blood tests and stuff…never thought I could do that before it was before me, but when God asks us to do something He does always stand beside us. Look for the little things he does and says to you as you go into this. They will be there, because He is. Love and prayers, Amy Diffey

  8. Will keep you in my thoughts with the SIRT. I hope it all goes well. Thank you for sharing that lovely family photo. I have bookmarked the page on SIRT for my aunt, who goes for major surgery in a hospital 6 hrs away in a couple of weeks for a liver cancer so serious they can’t do it here in our city. I have never heard anyone mention this before so thank you.

    Sending love & strength from Canada,

  9. Kris, I am certainly praying! I find great comfort in Psalm 37:5 (MSG), “Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done” and Psalm 103:3-5 is wonderful to meditate on:
    “He forgives your sins – every one.
    He heals your diseases – every one.
    He redeems you from Hell – saves your life!
    He crowns you with love and mercy – a paradise crown.
    He wraps you in goodness – beauty eternal.
    He renews your youth – you’re always young in his presence.” (MSG)
    In the name of Jesus, may He heal all your diseases – every one, just as His word promises, all glory to Him!

  10. Hi Kris, Hope all goes well for you tomorrow. I will be thinking of you. I was diagnoosed with bot bowel & inoperable liver cancer in August and am up to round 3 of Chemo with very little results as yet in my blood counts. I will have a scan after the 4th rounf so hope for some improvement.
    I have been researching SIRT and am looking as an option if I have trouble kicking this cancer with current treatments.
    Again good luck Kris and my thoughts are with you.
    David Brill

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you and you beautiful family always.All the best for tomorrow

  12. Good luck Kris, I’ll be praying for you and your family.

  13. Hi Kris,
    Will definately be praying tomorrow. The treatment sounds scary but believing it will be incredibly successful. You are amazing but our God is even more amazing and we continue to trust in His unfailing love and healing power. Be hid in the shelter of His presence. Much love to you, Rach and the boys. xx

  14. Kris,
    You are a light in our world, you move us because of your love that continues to shine in midst of your pain. Even in your suffering, you continue to praise God and show your obedience to whatever path he has chosen for you.
    I know that I am not alone, when I pray that God will not take this light from our dark world…

  15. Special thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  16. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  17. Thinking of you. You have a beautiful family and I so admire your strength, resolve and overwhelming faith.

  18. You and your precious family are in my prayers and I will be saying my special prayer for God’s perfect healing for you every night. God bless and keep you, dear ones.

  19. Your are in my thoughts and my prayers. Wishing you all the best for a successful procedure.

  20. I check your blog a few times a week to see if you have updated, but I’ve been away for the last week. Today as I was driving home God brought you to mind. Now I know why. I hope that in some way this comforts you. We have never met and I only know you through what you have written here. In the midst of all of the pain and suffering God is there and He is moving on your behalf.

  21. Praying for you and your beautiful family from Tacoma, Washington.

  22. Kris – your story, your family, your faith….I am moved, compelled to pray….may we all come to our Father with boldness and fervency – like the men who lifted their friend down through the roof to get to the Teacher…..and may Jesus be your comfort, your peace and ultimately your Great Healer. Blessings from Seattle.

  23. Praying for you from this end of the world (Singapore). Found your blog the same way many did – from that amazing video you made for your wife. It brought a tear to the eye and chimed serious wake up calls to the brain and heart to be grateful for every day we have. I can’t start to imagine how hard this has been for you, but you seem amazingly strong. I can only hope that if I ever find myself in a similar situation, I have a fraction of your fortitude. I do hope that your procedure goes well.

  24. My heart leaps into my throat each time I see a new post from you, hoping against hope that you can say there is something positive for you in the way of treatment, and today, there was! That is an absolutely beautiful family, absolutely worth everything. Will be thinking of you, Kristian. You can do this.

  25. Beautiful picture Kris, will be praying for you and your family.

    Don’t ever forget, Phillipians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who gives me strenth…
    That includes winning against this cancer!

    Michelle in NZ

  26. So far in the past 7 weeks, there’s been at least 2 medical appointments every week, many of those painful, many of those full of fear and unknown, so I understand your emotions right about now cos I have the same ones too. As I walk (or hobble) into the hospital each time, there is always a lump in my throat and a turn in my stomach that slow down my pace thru the doors, not knowing how much courage I will need to muster up to get thru that appointment, not knowing how much more bad news I can take on, not knowing how much more pain I can endure before the outward bravery cracks to reveal just how afraid and weak I really am. There is no easier way, the conflict between wanting to be better but not wanting the pain that comes with healing, no one can do it on our behalf, though it’s plain to see in the eyes of the ones that love us most, of wanting to take our place, to take away our pain. That, is what gets me thru, no matter what pain I have to endure, just the possibility of being able to erase that look from the faces of people I love, to erase this worry from their hearts, and replace it with all the things I want to do with them and for them. I hate needles, but I hate this stupid illness even more, NO WAY am I letting it win. Fight my brother, we can do it. Praying for you, and for me, health and strength all the way!

  27. Kristian and Family…I pray for you and your family…stay well

  28. you’ll be right mate. i don’t think it or hope it, i know it with all certainty. our God does not make mistakes. our God works for the good of those who love him. our God does not put us through more than we can bear. the day will come when you are free of this pain and suffering and fear, im absolutely certain of it. your sons may not understand now, but one day they will look back at the strength and faith you showed through this time – what better example could they possibly have from their father. praying for you always, so many of us are.

  29. I pray for you. I Will read all your posts to see thé good changes infuture

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