Topic: Dad's chemoembolization

My father had his first gemcitabine chemoembolization on Monday afternoon. Because he is 86, they kept him overnight at the hospital. He experienced dementia that evening and yesterday morning, which we assume was from the morphine. He came home yesterday evening and is doing remarkably well. He got up this morning and showered on his own, has a decent appetite and is taking no pain or nausea meds. I know that the side effects can set in up to a week later, but I am so pleased he has done so well thus far and feel bad waiting for the other shoe to drop.

He will have another treatment on January 19th and then they will do an MRI to see if the tumor has changed. Since he has tolerated it well, I expect the doctor to increase the dosage or possibly try doxorubicin. She indicated the she chose the gemcitabine because she thought he would tolerate it better.

Please keep your fingers crossed that this thing shrinks.

Thanks!

2 (edited by marions Wed, 31 Dec 2008 20:39:13)

Re: Dad's chemoembolization

Walk.....Your Dad seems to be doing extremely well.  What wonderful news.  He may very well continue to do so.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that the scan will prove for the tumor to be shrinking.
Hugs and Happy New Year to you and your family,
Marion

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Re: Dad's chemoembolization

Fingers, arms, legs and eyes all crossed!  Happy and a Healthy New Year to you and your family!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Re: Dad's chemoembolization

Hey Jan, I'm so glad your Dad's procedure went well.  Keep us posted and good wishes for the MRI.  Happy New Year to you and your family!

Do you have any of the cholangiocarcinoma brochures?  I was wondering if you did if you could possibly put some in the cancer room where all the books and brochures are at Forsyth?  When we went there in 07, nobody had ever heard of this cancer and it was frustrating and exhausting educating them.  I'm sure it's better now.  We got Baptist covered.  I think Stacie will mail them if you ask her.  Take care of yourself.

Carol