I am hoping you all can help me with a few questions. Here is my mom's story again. She is 65 years old and was diagnosed with CC early in November. It is stage 4 and has spread to the liver and lymph nodes. I don't know any specifics, such as tumor size. She had a bile duct stent put in soon after diagnosis (she was EXTREMELY jaundiced) and it did it's job. After about 6 weeks, she was no longer yellow and her billirubin numbers had greatly improved (again, I don't know what they are, just that the doctors are happy). She started Gemzar/Carboplatin early in December. She goes once every 3 weeks. She is tolerating it very well. After drastic initial weight loss (mostly due to the stress of waiting for the diagnosis) she is steadily gaining weight. Thank you Megace! She feels weak some days, but is learning that the more she moves, the better she feels. Otherwise she says she feels good. After 6 chemo treatments, she will have an MRI. Here are my questions. I know every patient is different, but I am hoping to learn from your experiences.
Her 6th chemo is scheduled for March 24th. About how long after that will they do the MRI?
If the MRI shows that the tumors are actually shrinking, will they continue with more treatments for a while? Is it possible for the tumors to shrink to the point where she could have a resection? I don't fully understand how the whole lymph node part works. Is it even possible for stage 4 cancers to go into remission?
If the MRI shows more growth or spread, there are other things the doctor could try, right? My mom (who is otherwise healthy) is willing to try anything!
If the MRI shows no shrinkage, but no growth or spread either, do they continue with the same treatment or try something new?
Thank you in advance for your help! If you can answer even one of my questions, I will be extremely grateful!!!