Topic: Resection Successful
I have posted only a few times but faithfully check-out this website to see how everyone is doing. My friend had a successful resection on August 20 at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. Two other major hospitals told him there was nothing that could be done and he had 6 months to live without chemo/radiation and 9-12 months to live with radiation and chemo. As so many others on this website have shared, second/third opinions are a MUST!!! He was diagnosed with hilar CC. Three biopsies prior to surgery showed benign pathology reports. His CC is stage 2A and we are thankful for that but certainly know we are not out of the woods by any means. His cancer has not metastized and there was no lymph node involvement. He starts Gemzar chemo tomorrow and is expected to continue on that for 4 - 6 months and then decide if radiation is necessary. I have done enough research to know there is a lot of controversy as to whether chemo does any good. Prior to surgery his CA-199 blood count was 550 and then after stents were placed in it went to 310. His recent CA-199 count this week was "10". His question to the oncologist was "so tell me again why I am doing chemo" and his response was it was a much needed adjuvant therapy because it really likes to come back around to visit old neighbors.
I have not seen a lot of posts from people who took Gemzar alone. He based his recommendation of this drug based on a recent European trial. I would love to hear from others who have heard of or who are taking this drug. The side effects do not seem to be as bad as some others I have read about.
God bless you all...