Topic: Is gemcitibine any good?
My father was diagnosed with CC in December 2007. He had a failed operation at Sloan-Kettering in March, and has since been undergoing chemo with gemcitibine alone (1/week for 7 wks). After his 7 weeks, the oncologist enthusiastically informed us that his tumor had only grown by 10-15% during this time. The research I have done online suggests that gemcitibine alone is not a very effective treatment. So my question is this: Isn't chemo supposed to stop the growth or decrease the size of the tumor? It seems that perhaps we should be pushing for something more aggressive. He is 78, healthy, and tolerated the gemcitibine very well. I just want him to be able to take advantage of whatever therapies are out there, and gemcitibine doesn't seem to be the sharpest tool in the drawer.
Thanks for listening. I would be truly grateful for any input you might be able to provide.