Topic: Gemzar,Kytril, and Decadroin
The beginning of the game?
It's been a while since I have written because most of what was happening were tests. In review, I have cholangiocarcinoma of the left bile duct. The tumor, however, is protruding into the common bile duct. (It was discovered during a cat scan of the lungs.) Suspicions were confirmed by an MRI and an ERCP. They were taken at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The surgeon suggested that perhaps the tumor could be downsized and the common bile duct saved.
Monday, February 21st, I had my first radiation and chemo treatment. I was given Kytril (anti-nausea), and Decadroin (a steroid), prior to the Gemzar (chemo) treatment. I've read a few comments about Gemzar. Does anyone know anything about Kytril or Decadroin????????? I'm to have five daily doses of radiation, be off Saturday and Sunday, and have five more days of radiation. The chemo treatments are to be, concurrently, one day weekly for seven weeks. At the end of six weeks I'm to be re-evaluated for surgery. (Of course, all during the process there are to be blood tests etc.)
While sitting in the waiting rooms, it's easily to see that cancer is no respecter of persons. There are all ages, sizes, sexes, and colors. What is good to see is the persons keeping themselves occupied. Reading, working puzzles. joking, covered in warm blankets and trying to sleep the pain away. God help them (us) all.
I would appreciate any comments that anyone has regarding the path that I'm currently traveling. Are there any things that I have to expect from the chemo/radiation.? I'm especially interested in the surgery. Does anyone know how the chemo/radiation may effect the surgery? Does anyone know of any do's or don'ts? Have any of you had half or more of your liver removed after chemo/radiation?