Topic: What can we expect?
Our 93 year old mother was dx with chlangiocarcinoma in Nov 2007. Bilirubin was 12 and they couldn't pass tube to open bile duct. Had to put a tube through the side. Has had tube exchanges every 8 weeks since then. No chemo or radiation because bile duct brushing was not successful. She probably would not have chosen this route anyway because doctors said maybe would only give her a week or so extra life. Had another MRI last week and cancer has now spread to the omentem and more involoment in the liver. She is now taking pain pills where before she only wanted tylenol and it was controlling the pain. Her abdomen is becoming distended. She is not losing weight but is very unsteady on her feet and my sisters and I take turns staying 24/7. She has a bedside commode but needs help to get to it. What are the changes that we can expect and what signs do we need to look for and be aware of? Mom doesn't really want hospise, just wants her girls there. She was in perfect health and was raking her yard and living byself until the jaundice and itching started in Nov.