Tanoland.... Sorry to read the news of your sister. For starters your headed the right hospital to see what can be done. I was not originally diagnosis that advanced. Originally it was gallbladder and one lobe of liver. Both were resected in 1999. Since then it has mets back to remaining lobe of liver, both lungs, 10th rib, soft tissuse of t12, left shoulder, lymph nodes of left arm and soft tissue adjacent my esophagus. Other than surgery I didn't do nothing until about 3-31/2 years ago. I started trying in my mind about every type of chemo considered possible to reduce or slow down growth. I've done lots of praying and also meditation/visualization. I've had radiation straight to the liver and the t-12 area. Just finished another round of chemo last week and today my blood work is anemic and nutrophenic. I'm taking antibiotics and filgratism subcutaneous injections but slow return on bone marrow this time (WBC,RBC,HBL,Platlets). I'll most likely be looking and asking for trying some immunotheraphy next. As only way to properly retore my bone marrow is a bone marrow transplant and that take months if not years to get back up to speed. So your question is yes, with a big ray of hope that your sister can fight this disease for years to come with appropriate treatment. Bumpy road many a days but you have to focus on loved ones and understand a positive mind will take you a long ways. If she is unable to work Stage four will qualify her for SSDI. However if she can still work and has medical insurance get the ball rolling before you apply as as without medical insurance it is difficult geting things done with out paying up front or making a contracted budget with whatever possible. Ther is a whole array of information on this site and I welcome you to please use any and all links. Ask any and all questions that may pop up as many member have a wealth of experience and ready to suggest. This disease is pretty unprdictable on it's progression; could be slow or could be quickly. I wish you and your sister the best outcome possible. Maybe a combination of chemo and radiation to start of with. I have found radiation to have helped me tremendously with eliminating some pain. I had 3-d IMRT at my t-12 area as soft tissuse tumor was pressing on my spinal nerve roots and causing unbelievable pain to my side and lower back. It worked great for me. Over a year ago and no pain to that area. There are many radiation techniques that couls be tried. One thing to remember it is different for everyone due to locations and size. Well, I'm rambling again, please check out the sight .It's full of infor.
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