I don't think that is the case, especially in my daughter's case. Her chemo was called palliative from the beginning, but they were trying to shrink the tumors. She did so well that she is having the second part of a two part resection on Wed. I think they use that term because they don't want you to have false hope that it will cure you, but if it works it will make tumors shrink and make you feel better. It did make my daughter feel better and shrink her tumors.
My beautiful daughter, Lauren Patrice, will live on in my heart forever.
My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based on my experience as a caretaker for my daughter, Lauren and from reading anything I can get my hands on about Cholangiocarcinoma. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.