My name is Maureen. My mother-in-law was diagnosed one month ago with bile duct cancer. Surgery is not an option. It has spread to lymphs, stomach cavity, vena cava and liver. Like all of you, this took us totally by surprise and we are devastated.
They put exterior drains to drain the bile from her liver because the blockage would not allow a stent to be inserted in the duct. Now they have rerouted the bile to flow into her stomach and we hope the drains will no longer be necessary, but if not, then back come the bags.
She has started chemo this week. It is a palliative measure only. She is very weak and needed large doses of Oxycontin and Dilaudid to control the pain.
When she was diagnosed I immediately started researching complimentary natural remedies to keep her comfortable perhaps improve her prognosis. I found a book called "Cancer, step outside the box" by Ty Bollinger. The website is www.cancertruth.net and I highly recommend anyone dealing with this disease or any other cancer to read it.
We are trying two of the remedies listed which you can google. One is Essiac Tea and the other is Goji Juice. We started her with these two remedies 10 days ago and we are seeing an improvement in her comfort. She has reduced her pain medication, and can stay alert and awake up to six hours where before she slept every two hours or so.
Be careful where you buy the Goji Juice. Some companies charge 30.00 per 32 oz bottle which is ridiculous. I found a source that is about 18.00 a bottle. It needs to be 100% pure Goji not mixed with other juices.
You can make the Essiac Tea yourself and it is very inexpensive. Many sites sell it pre-made but the price is ridiculous as well. If anyone wants further information on these remedies google them or email me or if anyone is interested, I will post them here but only if requested and it is allowed.
I hope you will check into these two remedies, since they are easy to use and don't interfere with traditional treatment. While she was draining into the bags, we noticed a large increase in the bile draining into the bags, including solids which were surprising. After researching Essiac further, one of the benefits was listed as increasing bile drainage and removing toxic solids from the body and that seems to be true.
I look forward to the support of everyone on this site and am interested in hearing about your experiences, successes and failures of this disease.