Topic: General info
I am new to all this, as you may have read. As I sit and type, my Mum is, at long last, having surgery. I will return to the hospital in a few hours, and just hope the op is a success.
A couple of things I wanted to ask......I read a couple of threads about people suffering from having fluid inside them after surgery. What's all that about? Can someone explain? Just wondering what to expect.
Also, I am interested to know all about follow up treatment, like chemo/radiotherapy. Now, I read on a few sites, that radiotherapy/chemotherapy, have no proven effect on this particular type of cancer. Yet I keep reading stuff on here about people having said treatments. Any comments on that?
My Mum has type 1 tumour I believe, and understand that it means that it confined, as far as they can tell, purely to the bile duct itself. The surgeon was most optimistic that he can get the tumour out...............I guess I'll know later today!
Also, reading on the net, it seems that EVEN if they can cut out the tumour, life expectancy is still fairly compromised, 1-5 years? Why is that? Is it because the tumours grow back/spread?
Sorry for the barrage of questions, any answers would be much appreciated.
By the way, I am in Greece! My Mum lives here, hence the operation is here, as she didn't want to come back to England, she's lived here 17 years! But it is really so different to UK etc.....hard to get info out of the docs, partly a language problem, as I don't speak Greek, but also, I get the impression, that people just let the docs get on with it, and don't ask much. Which is why I'm asking you lot!!!! My Mum spaeks Greek, but is essentially Greek in mentality now, and is really not concerned with details!! She just trusts and lets them get on with it!!