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Patricia’s Story

Patricia HSWhen Pat Davis learned she had pancreatic neuroendocrine  carcinoma that had spread to her liver, she didn’t panic. She did her homework.

Pat, a retired surgical nurse, changed physicians in February 2011. Her new physician ordered a few standard tests for new patients. The results of her CT scan showed tumors on her liver and pancreas. A needle biopsy confirmed the tumors were malignant. Besides a slight back ache and some weight loss, Pat had no idea she was sick. “I’m very thankful my doctor ordered those tests. If she hadn’t, my cancer might not have been found until it was too far advanced.”

Malek Safa, MD, is Pat’s oncologist. He recommended Pat be seen by Shannon Kauffman, MD, an interventional radiologist specializing in the liver, who see’s patients at the Liver Center at Miami Valley Hospital South. He talked to Pat about implanting radioactive beads into her liver to treat the tumors.  He found, however, the blood supply to her liver would not allow this procedure so he opted for chemoembolization.

Chemoembolization gives a very high dose of chemotherapy, or anti-cancer drugs, directly into the arteries that supply the tumor with blood. A benefit of the procedure is that it prevents the less-than-desirable effects of chemotherapy from getting to the entire body. 

“They planted seeds into the blood supply to the tumors so the tumors don’t receive blood. I had no sickness at all and very little hair loss.” She had chemoembolization done twice – to both lobes of her liver – in May and June 2011.

Pat, 81, opted for Dr. Kauffman because she wanted to stay close to home. “Many of my friends encouraged me to look at the larger cancer centers in big cities for my care. I trusted Dr. Kauffman and wanted to stay close to my family and my church family.” She applauds the staff at the Liver Center for being very professional, confident and caring. “I had wonderful care during my procedures.”

A CT scan done April 27, 2012 indicates that Pat’s tumors have responded well to the treatment with significant decrease in size from her original CT examination and have remained stable for some time now... “They are the same size which is good news to me. I’ve regained much of my strength and I’m back volunteering two or three days a week at my church. I took a fairly long walk to the park the other day and that pleased me.”   She continues to receive monthly injections through her oncologist, Dr. Safa. Both Dr. Safa and Dr. Kauffman continue to follow Pat closely.

 

Content Updated: December 5, 2014

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Diagnostics & Imaging Services.
Diagnostics and Imaging - Breast Center at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Health Center Greenville
742 Sweitzer St. Suite 3 Greenville, OH  45331
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Health Center Huber Heights
6251 Miami Valley Way Suite 140 and 215 Huber Heights, OH  45424
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital Breast Center
One Wyoming St. Suite 4120 Dayton, OH  45409
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Suite 100 Englewood, OH  45415
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital South Breast Center
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Suite 200 Centerville, OH  45459
Diagnostics and Imaging at SureCare Medical Center
360 W. Central Ave. Springboro, OH  45066
Diagnostics and Imaging in Beavercreek
2619 Commons Blvd. Suite 102 Beavercreek, OH  45431
Diagnostics and Imaging in Beavercreek
1244 Meadow Bridge Dr. Beavercreek, OH  45434
Diagnostics and Imaging in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
Diagnostics and Imaging in Springboro
630 N. Main St. Springboro, OH  45066
Diagnostics and Imaging on Needmore
1530 Needmore Rd. Suite 301 Dayton, OH  45414
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