Topic: Concerned daughter with questions
Gallbladder cancer can make you feel so alone...so what a relief to have found this website. My mom, age 60, was diagnosed after gallbladder removal in March '07. She was asymptomatic, as are many other patients, but it was classified as Stage IV. The only known area it's gone to are her lymph nodes in her stomach...but as one lovely nurse in the hospital said "It's going to go everywhere. There's nothing you can do." I'm 26 yrs. old and felt like our family was cursed. But I've read many of your stories and now I'm starting to feel lucky...many people don't live long past diagnosis. So it's been 4 months and six weeks post-Xeloda and radiation, her CA-19 marker continued to decrease. We're in a dilemma right now...would love some advice from anyone...she began infusion therapy this week...she's taking Gemzar once a week for three weeks, one week off and cisplatin once every three weeks. We've read HORRIBLE things about cisplatin. She's really healthy (as healthy as one can be with this disease) and I'm afraid this will start a downward spiral for her. We're debating on whether she should already stop the cisplatin before the severe side effects kick in. Should we quit while we're ahead? Her quality of life is great so far but who knows. Or maybe she could try a different "platin" drug like oxyplatin? Thoughts? Thanks in advance!