Yep, Charlie's still kickin'. He was diagnosed 5/07 Stage IV, age 51, given 3 to 6 months to live. 14 months later. He started with many weeks of Gemzar chemo only last summer. It did nothing for him, but wear him out. Went for 2nd opinion at UNC. They pretty much said the same thing except when presented to the tumor board, a surgeon there decided he wanted to do liver resection. Had chemoembolization to try to shrink tumors, it didn't. 11/07 over 1/2 of liver removed, clean margins. Recurrence of tumors 1/08 in the liver only. Had radiation and Xeloda, radio frequency ablation in April, zapped 1 tumor, but others too big. Now on oxaliplatin IV chemo and Xeloda oral chemo. So far, no growth. Has a scan coming up in a couple weeks that will tell us how effective this chemo is. If there's shrinkage, good, will probabaly continue it. If not, other chemos to try, does Charlie want to continue chemo, other procedures - theraspheres or cyberknife? Lots of questions. Charlie has never had jaundice.
I'm so sorry for what you all are going through. It's so hard. Has your Mom tried any of the Ensure type drinks? Those help Charlie maintain his weight some or at least keep him from losing too much. Best wishes.