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(13 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Hello all-
Thank you for the words of support and advice.  I am grateful that this community exists.
My sister passed away on January 3, less than eight weeks after her initial diagnosis.   She had two chemo treatments but the cancer was just too aggressive.
I really wish she would have been able to have some quality time after the diagnosis, but it was one issue after another...including a hospital acquired sepsis infection.  In the end, it was a blessing that she went quickly.
May God bless those of you who are suffering with this horrible disease, and those of you who are working to support those who have been diagnosed.

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(13 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Thank you Gavin.  Good name!  I have a son named Gavin.
She has a metal stent and it did clear the jaundice, thankfully.
Will let you know how the chemo goes.
-Bob

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(13 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Hello mtwebster from a fellow Washingtonian.  Where is your husband being treated now?  We are new to this.  Awaiting first chemo infusion today at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which by all accounts is a top notch institution combining University of Washington hospital with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Will keep posting about how it goes.   God bless.

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(13 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Thank you both for your welcome replies.  Regarding DX, primary biliary duct with mets to liver, two lymph nodes, lungs.  Hospitalized for 15 days at Swedish Hospital for biliary duct stenting for obstructive jaundice, followed by sepsis infection.  Ugh.  Bone scan to rule out bone mets.  Walked into hospital but discharged in wheelchair due to hip pain.  Slowly regaining mobility with walker. Learning that hospitals are not good places for rest and healing!

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(13 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Hello all.  My sister, age 41 was recently diagnosed with Stage IV CC.  This came on suddenly and is quite a shock to our whole family.  It is my first direct experience with any type of cancer and I'm trying to learn as much as I can in order to be helpful and supportive.  Today I am sitting with her at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance awaiting a bone scan and her first chemo treatment with gemcitabine and cisplatin.  I would appreciate any inside information/experience about this place or these drugs.  Thank you for this site.  I haven't explored it fully yet but is comforting already just knowing it exists.