Carlos: I have just read all the posts about your mom. I'm very happy that she decided to go with the Chemo. My husband Tom was able to have a liver resection in June 2008. His team of doctors decided to not give him chemo after his successful liver resection (where they removed about 80% of his liver) because he had clean margins. My husband is now 63 years old and he was 61 when diagnosed.
In November 2009 he started turning yellow. An emergency room visit and a ctscan revealed a new 2.5cm tumor in the remaining right biliary tree. That tumor is inoperable. His doctors told him to go home and make preparations and gave him a 6 month diagnosis. We did not accept that and sought 2nd, 3rd and 4th opinoins. The concenses was that the tumor was inoperable, but unlike his first oncologist, all the others agreed that radiation and chemo were in order and could help his situation.
After 28 radiation treatments, the tumor is dead, and he is continuing with chemotherapy (Xeloda) pill form 5 pills 2x a day. Unfortunately because even though the tumor is dead it is still blocking the bile duct (as scar tissue) and the doctors are unable to place an internal stent to allow the bile to flow into the intestines. Some of the bile is getting through but not enough because of his yellow color, so they inserted an external drain through his side into his liver to drain off some of the bile. (It drains into a bag) This procedure has allowed him to look more normal in color. We travel to Mayo in one week to have them try to put an internal stent into the liver. (Mayo is one of the best hospitals in the US and has a lot of experience with CC patients)
My husband's new doctors are now telling us that if he had had chemo after his successful resection he may not be in the position he is in today. We are now in the 7th month of his 6 month prognosis, so that goes to show that NO ONE has an expiration date stamped on their butt or on the bottoms of their feet.
Go with God and prayers from Green Bay Wisconsin coming your Mom's way.
KEEP KICKIN' THAT cancer.
Margaret (My husband and Cholangiocarcinoma)