Topic: New to the website
Just wanted to introduce myself. My mom Mom was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in May of 2007. Her oncologist is a wonderful doctor as well as his staff and they begain to fight this battle with her on May 29. She did very well with the treatments, eventhough there were some bumps along the way. Her platelets were very low at times, potassium, magnesium, iron levels, etc. would go down from time to time, but still Mom and her team persevered. Finally in the summer of 2008, they decided to give her a break for a couple of months. However, upon her return for treatment, they discovered that the tumor had grown a little, so they loaded up with some new ammunition and began another round of treatment (5FU). But this time, it faltered and her body just couldn't deal with it - she had to have 3 units of blood, had to have a port put in (for ease of administering further chemo treatment) and also had to have albumin infusion therapy. Which brings us up to her current status.
For now, Mom is resting and gearing up for new research and new chemo therapy treatments to become available. Her family, faith and friends keep her busy and optimistic.
Her legs swell due to the fluid retention that goes along with the liver not functioning. She is under the care of Home Hospice, and there are so many questions, but I am afraid of the answers.
I am scared almost everyday that things will not stay the same and that her condition will worsen and I won't be prepared. (are we ever prepared???)
This is a wonderful website and I have been reading everything I can get my hands on. Thanks