Topic: Best Friend just diagnosed.. 34 year old male..stage 4
Hope someone can give some advice. My best friend (BF) went to the ER about a week and a half ago for right side abdomen pain. (he has never had any other symptoms and still basically symptom free other than some general achiness on his right side) Long story short, they found a mass in his abdomen blocking the view of the gallbladder, 4 days later he had a biopsy done and the next day the surgeon called and said it was cancer and referred him to an oncologist. We went to the oncologist today and he told us it was stage 4 cholangio carcinoma gallbladder cancer. The doctor said that my BF had spots on his liver, and omentum that were also cancerous in addition to the gallbladder being totally cancer ridden. He said surgical removal of a tumor was out of the question, as was radiation due to how spread out the cancer cells are in the abdomen. He also said that the tumor is 7 centimeters in diameter and that chemo is the only option at this point. BF has a consult with a sugeon tomorrow for a chemo port to be put in and he also has a chest ct and bone scan scheduled for this week. Does anyone know how effective chemo is??? His only "medical" history is being overweight, but not unfit.. he works out but still is heavy. No one will answer our questions regarding the mortality rate on something of this nature... it is so awful, as 2 weeks ago he was thinking about buying his first home and now he doesn't even know what to expect over the next few months. Can someone give us any advice???