Topic: Palliative chemo (Gem/Cispl)

Hi

Does palliative chemo mean that doctors are trying to ease pain/symtoms but not treat cancer/ shrink tumor?

Grateful for advice.  thanks,

Re: Palliative chemo (Gem/Cispl)

Hi,  Palliative chemotherapy is the use of chemical substances to slow the progression of cancer and prolong life. I do not believe it is a cure or really prolongs anything. The decision to be on Palliative Care is a hard one and a personal one. Do you know what her prognosis was and what stage she is put at? My husband was given a choice whether to Palliative or not. He asked the ONC how long it would buy him and the ONC said about 5 months and after 3 days of thinking about it he decided no, he wanted more quality of life.  And this ONC was right on with his time frame, altho we try not to listen to time frames. No one here has an expiration date stamped on them. You will find that CC is like a giant roller coaster ride and no one wants to buy a ticket for this ride.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

Re: Palliative chemo (Gem/Cispl)

Hi SIL,

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.

-Pam

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.

Re: Palliative chemo (Gem/Cispl)

Caring for the Symptoms of Cancer and its Treatment = palliative care.
This link includes a podcast worth listening to.
http://www.cancer.net/all-about-cancer/ … -treatment

Hugs,
Marion

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