Topic: Mom just diagnosed
Hello. My mother started feeling a little nauseated about two weeks ago. Then some pain on her right side. After a couple of days, my dad took her to the ER. They found a blood clot on her lung, then spots on her liver. After finding out the colon was free of cancer, they did and ERCP and found that she had bile duct cancer. Since it was already in her liver, they said that they cannot do surgery or radiation and said that there is no proof that chemo would extend her life. Her appetite is gone and she only eats a bite or two of food, still feels nauseated and pain on her right side. She also has jaundice, which when they did the ERCP, they put a stint in that is supposed to help with the jaundice. The oncologist said there is nothing else they can do for her and will be sending her home from the hospital today. With the symtoms that she already has, we wonder if it is even too late for a second opinion and the travel involved. She has to have pain medication fairly regularly already. The doctor said she has weeks, maybe a few months. We would like to get that second opinion, but not sure if she would be up to it. She's already tired of hospital stays.
So, if anyone has experienced a similar diagnosis, I sure would appreciate any input as to what we can expect and what our options may be, if any.