Topic: Mother in Law

Posted one time back the beginning of October.... My mother in law was diagnosed the end of August with stage 4 CC....well over 60% of her liver.  She has received chemo since then and has had several hospital stays.  She is 80 years old still doing the chemo and the cancer has not grown.  Talked to her today and she scrubbed her bathroom, cleaned the house and is waiting for her daughter to visit for Mothers day and her birthday.  I couldn't believe how well she was doing.  She is still living by herself and taking care of everything.  We help her with her bills, laundry and a few household chores but in general she is self sufficient.   I have a friend that is a cancer nurse and she reviews her scans and is totally amazed that she is doing all of things she is doing.  I have done some research on this type of cancer and never thought that we would still have her......but obviously someone has a greater plan.

Re: Mother in Law

Hi Theresa,

My Dad was diagnosed with inoperable CC April a few weeks ago and apart from being jaundiced (which is now going thanks to the stent) he is doing things as he normally would.

I check this site most days and to read a story like yours 'makes my day'  My dad is due to start Chemo soon (Cisplatin/Gemcitabine) I'm hoping like your mother-in-law it controls the growth.  At the moment they say it is 1.8cm and he is lucky they have found it this early as usually it is at a much later stage before it causes jaundice.  The unlucky thing is it effects important viens/arteries so an operation is out the question.

Best wishes to you and your family

Devoted Daughter to the most wonderful Dad a girl could ask for.  Sadly lost his battle on 19.02.11, peacefully in the arms of Mom and I.  As requested by Dad "we will keep on smiling".

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Hello Theresa and what a great story to start the Mother's Day weekend with.
She sounds like another Miracle to me.  I am beginning to wonder if "older"  people fare better with CC? My husband, Teddy, who is 77 has had problems and they are back, but to look at him you would not know he has been through what he has for 5 years now. I am hoping this continues when we get the answers in about a week, of the latest trials and tribulations.  Have a wonderful Mother's Day with your Mother-in-law.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Hi Theresa,

Many thanks for sharing this story about your mother in law with us all and it sure does sound like she is doing very well indeed. And also she seems like she likes to keep active around the house and is doing more housework than me today! Long may this continue!

Best wishes,

Gavin

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Great to hear Theresa, you give all of us that much more hope! I was just curious if you knew what type of chemo your mother-in-law receives. My grandmother was just diagnosed with stage III CC and we're trying to find out as much as we can, as soon as we can.

Happiest wishes,
Amber

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Theresa,

Love and affection is a kind of great medicine. The things you have mentioned is many things to do with affectionate. It also depend on social structure, value and assumption. In south Asia old people are respected in society and family. Old people stay with the family member until the last dregs of life. But it is heard in western society old people are kept in charity. They are deprived from the love of family.

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Thanks to everyone for their posts.  She just did another round of chemo and seems to be doing fairly well....Amber she is doing Cisplatin/Gemcitabine about once a month.  It seems she has different symptoms after each round of chemo. It began with fevers and then she had congestive heart failure, which was treated with diuretics and she responded very well.  The time before she had issues with her blood and had to have transfusions.  This most recent one she is having slight .  confusion, hopefully which will be gone tomorrow.  Dinesh, I agree sometimes we don't always treat older people with the respect they deserve...they have so much to give to the younger generations.  I'm not sure how much longer she will want to pursue the agressive treatment that she is doing now but it seems she has a bad week only to have three good ones...I guess you have to outweigh the good with the bad.