Topic: Newbie from Ontario, Canada
I wanted to introduce myself. I am Michelle and I live in Ontario. I am joining this online support group b/c I know how important it is to have support when you are supporting a person with cancer or battling cancer yourself. I am a breast cancer survivior I was diagnosed at 38 year old in 2009. No Family history... I have had chemo, rads and surgery. I am saddened to say that cancer has hit my family again. My brother has been diagnosed with primary bile duct cancer and has mets in the liver. He was also diagnosed at 38 years old. He was in perfect health as was I b/f he got cancer. Non smoker, social drinker and active....
Currently, he is considered non-operable. He is on the chemo regiment gem-carbo. He is on for 2 weeks and then off for 1 week. He was diagnosed in Feb, 2012 and started chemo in March. He is doing fairly well on chemo. Some side effects but he can live somewhat of a normal life other than the first few days after chemo. He has nausea and fatigue. His last CT showed that the tumour in the bile duct is shrinking and some of the small lesions on the liver have shrunk too. We are happy about that and hopeful he continues to keep doing so well on his chemo plan.
This disease has turned our family upside down and I wanted to join an online group that advise me on treatment, side effects and resources for my brother.
One question I have is does anyone know how long a person can stay on the gem carbo chemo?