Topic: My mom has been diagnosed with intrahepatic cc
Hello everyone, my name is varun, i'm from Bangalore, India. My mom aged 53 yrs has been diagnosed with intrahepatic cc about 2 months back, we attempted surgery to resect the tumor, but it couldn't be resected as it has already infiltrated the blood vessels and they just ended up doing a bypass. Her jaundice is almost gone and she's just like a normal person. Doctors say chemotherapy or radiotherapy is almost useless and ineffective. However there was one doctor (oncologist) who we met who suggested chemotherapy using gemcitabine along with biological therapy. Also, when the surgery was performed, a biopsy of the actual tumor wasn't done, and a biopsy of only the lymph nodes were done which didn't reveal any cancer. The oncologist says, the surgeon should have definitely done a biopsy of the tumor at least using a brush to get some cells, and the surgeon says biopsy of the actual tumor is never done.
We also got a tumor marker test done, CEA, which was slighty out of range (4.78) and CA 19-9, was normal. We are a little confused now, it is cc 99%. Anyway, Could anyone please tell me how effective biological therapy or chemotherapy is?