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Discussion BoardBile Duct Cancer was posted 10/30/2000 08:26 am by Morris, Kathy
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My mother is 68 years old. Has bile duct cancer in the lower duct; cells
were found in 2 lympnodes. Had the whipple surgery. Is now diabetic.
Negative frame of mind and shakey in body. Doctors have recommended chemo.
They gave her 18 months w/o chemo, maybe an additional 6 mos. w/chemo at MD
Anderson. At St. Marys in Enid she was given about a year. My surgeon after
hearing all the info said 6 mo. to 1 year. He also said with chemo and the
whipple surgery he thought it would be closer to alittle over 6 months.
Does anyone have any experience with chemo actually lessening the time of a
bile duct patient or the quality of life that goes with it. What has been
the experience of time and quality of life with and w/o chemo. Two surgeons
off the record have told me to avoid the chemo. Just tell mother to make her
peace and make the most of the time she has left with her family.
Individuals that I know that have lost a parent or friend to this type of
cancer swear that the chemo shorten the lifetimes and made the quality of
time hell. I am confused and don't know who to believe. Mother keeps asking
me what she should do and what to expect. Our main interest is keeping
mother comfortable and pain free. We want her with us as long as possible
but with quality. Please send any information or advice to me. I appreciate
your time and efforts. God Bless.
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