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Diane was posted 11/27/2001 03:44 pm by Brenda/Indy
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Dear Diane: The portal vein is one of the main big veins bringing blood back from the legs. If the tumor is blocking the portal vein, your mom would have a lot of swelling. It sounds like the tumor might be growing, and causing some of your mom's symptoms. Have they considered any other chemo?? my dad is on Gemzar (started on 5-FU then switched) and it seems to be keeping the tumor from growing or at least growing rapidly. People with low blood protein ( albumin) will have a lot of swelling too so it's not neccessarily from the tumor. But, I would be concerned that time might be drawing short for her, especially if she is not receiving any kind of treatment at all to shrink the tumor or stop its growth. Is she being treated at a center where they are very experienced with bile duct cancer????

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