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Discussion Boardgallbladder cancer was posted 06/01/2001 12:45 am by Martha
E-mail Address: MMcafee404@aol.com
My mother too had a similiar diagnosis at the beginning. She went in to the
hospital for gallbladder surgery, everything looked okay, one week later the
pathology report on the gallbladder revealed cancer.
My mother did the chemo and radiation routine...to be honest it didn't do
anything but make her last months more miserable. The cancer was diagnosed in
late July of last year, then in February of this year the cancer was found in
her liver....and she died April 29th, 2001 after battling this horrible
disease for nine months.
The doctors told us that the chemo and radiation was to stop the progression
to the liver but it spread there all the same. The last month of her life she
tried Gemzar (chemo) not to save her life but maybe extend it for a month or
two, again to no avail.
She also had the stents put in to help counteract the jaundice and nausea, it
helped for a week or two.
In the end there is nothing much encouraging to say about this form of
cancer...I wish there were and I don't want to be the bearer of bad news. My
mother was in great health otherwise...and was 73 years old.
How old is your mother and what part of the country are you from? I live in
AZ and I have found that the best doctors for this form of cancer are in New
York...or MD Anderson in Texas. If you live around these locations it
wouldn't hurt to give them a call and see if there are any clinical trials
she could participate in.
I'm very sorry and my thoughts are with you and your mother.
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