Topic: Husband has CC

Hi my name is val, we found out six months ago that my husband has CC. When we found out the tumor was 3 1/2 inches by 3 inches. He started chemo five months ago, doing gemzar and 5FU. He had a stent put in the first month because the bile was not draining. We found out three weeks ago the tumor has reduced in size to about 2 inches and he had the stent taken out two days ago.
I asked his doc if the chemo will make the cancer ago away and he said no that it would just keep it at bay....
Has anyone out there had anything like this happen? did the chemo stop the cancer or did it end up coming back?
The chemo makes him very tired and he doesn't do much but sleep.

2 (edited by marions Tue, 09 Oct 2007 14:07:07)

Re: Husband has CC

Hello Val,

Welcome.  We are glad for you to have found us and so sorry to hear about your husband. 

Having the stent removed is especially encouraging to hear.  Presently, this cancer is not considered curable without a resection leading to a possibility of a cure however; many people have experienced long term success with the various treatments offered. 

There are some fantastic people on this site with a wealth of information to share with you.  I believe in collecting as much information as possible in re: to this cancer in order to make informed decisions in the battle with this disease.


My husband also was troubled by exhaustion due to the chemotherapy.  Steroids helped him overcome the fatigue although, sometimes it worked better then other times.


Hoping for everything to continue to go well for your husband.

Marions

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3 (edited by Salsarcat Sat, 06 Oct 2007 17:49:12)

Re: Husband has CC

val wrote:

Hi my name is val, we found out six months ago that my husband has CC. When we found out the tumor was 3 1/2 inches by 3 inches. He started chemo five months ago, doing gemzar and 5FU. He had a stent put in the first month because the bile was not draining. We found out three weeks ago the tumor has reduced in size to about 2 inches and he had the stent taken out two days ago.
I asked his doc if the chemo will make the cancer ago away and he said no that it would just keep it at bay....
Has anyone out there had anything like this happen? did the chemo stop the cancer or did it end up coming back?
The chemo makes him very tired and he doesn't do much but sleep.

so glad to hear that he had success with this chemo; the "at bay" is what my husband is liviing with also.  I don't know about the option of stopping the chemo and how long the tumor would stay at the smaller size, but I do think that is an option you should ask about.  From what I read and glean from talking to others, chemo patients are given breaks and monitored through scans.  My hub didn't have any success with chemo so it is good news that yours had some response, that sounds so encouraging, but it would be nice for both of you if he could take a break.  I know that's not much help but just wanted to let you know I understand about "keeping it at bay" and at this point in time my dh and I are living with that as the norm.  It gets tirning and frustrating but my husband doesn't have nausea and has some days with a bit of energy and still can drive and go on short outings.  If he was on chemo I know he would not be able or willing to.

Re: Husband has CC

thank you for your support...sometimes I think I might go crazy.....I feel so lost.

Re: Husband has CC

Hi Val,
  Sorry about your husband. My husband also had cc, and like Marions, we were told this cancer is not considered curable, but there are ways to buy more time. Hopefully it will be good quality time.
  My husband was on a feeding tube for three months because of the nausea, even that didn't help.
  Please don't go crazy!  Hang in there!
Thinking of you,
Sandy

Re: Husband has CC

Hi Val- my heart goes out to you and your dear husband.  This illness is certainly a challenging one... I lost my dear Dad on January 13th of this year, he had been healthy all of his life and within 10 weeks of diagnosis was gone; he was 69. His illness was discovered at stage 4 and there were really no options.

I only discovered this site after my Dad passed away, but from what I've read, this illness is as different as the people facing it.  Don't lose hope!  Jeff G., I believe has been living with CC for approximately 8 years. Several others are living longer... it's all relative.

My sincerest prayers are with you and your husband hoping that he can be helped in the best possible way. 

This website has helped me tremendously and I am certain as you read, you will come away with some valuable suggestions.

Bright Blessings,
Missing U