The “marks” on my liver were of great concern to the Dr’s. Even though they didn’t think they were cancer, they wanted to be sure. Immediately following the radiation simulation, I was scheduled for a liver biopsy. This was probably one of the most difficult procedures I had done.
There were about 7 people in the room. Three from the lab w/microscopes in hand, an anesthesiologist & 3 other medical types … 2 to perform the procedure & 1 to hold my hand. I was given anesthesia locally. They told me if all was well, I would feel pressure. If all was not well, I would feel pain & they would know I needed more anesthesia. They told me when to breathe, how to breathe & when to hold my breath. I layed on my left side & they accessed my liver thru the ribs while monitoring the process via ultrasound. The breathing part is so important cause they don’t want to puncture the lungs. On the first pass, I wanted to jump off the table … obviously, I didn’t have enough anesthesia & the pain was BRUTAL. They asked if I was sure it was pain … I don’t think pressure would cause tears to flow! Once they got the anesthesia right, they were able to finish. I would not wish this test on anyone & I pray my liver stays as is … I don’t want to go thru this again!
The marks on my liver turned out to be HEMANGIOMAS (clusters of blood vessels) & not cancer! After getting the results of this test, it was determined the cancer was exclusive to my thigh, thank GOD!