I think the treatment plan for your mom now-that is 12 weeks of gem/cis is a good choice;after that if chemoembo and RFA combined treatment can be performed ,it will be perfect. But remember, recurrence is very common,and it can recur at NEW locations;so after the MRI with contrast, and before the combination treatment, make sure there are no new lesions on the liver; and if so surgery is always a better option if it can be done.
Stage I(T1,N0,M0) or StageIIa is my guest.
Tell your mom she is very lucky and God is watching over her.
and tell her don't worry too much about the side effects,it will come but she can tough it out.
Ask her to use her connections (being a nurse in her profession)to talk to the doctors, her peers,the oncology nurses to gain insight about her disease. If they do not know,they are always very willing to find resources to help their peers and that is very valuable. This is how I get my free consultations and I found that is very useful in knowing the uptodate condition of my CC.
I always thank God for discovering my CC early enough that I can still work,get treatment and do research for CC at the same time.Now thru this foundation,I can learn even more and up to date for CC treatment and related subjects for me and all of us. This is not what I planned for my retirement,but if God choose this way for me,I will have no regret.
As always,the above is for information purpose only ,always consult doctors first.
Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.