Topic: Further treatment after surgery
Hi all, I've posted sometimes but this is the first time I have this introduction.
My Mum was diagnosed with CC on 15 July: Tumor was in the confluence of the common bile duct, and has already spread to the right bile duct (Bismuth Type 3). Portal vein is not affected. Liver also is still good. AFP, ECA index are normal. CA19.9 is 57.
Surgery was performed on 23 July: They already removed the right lobe of the liver + gall bladder + bile duct and rejoin the intestine with the left intrahepatic bile duct. The pathology report showed that the margin was clear (the free-cancer cells distance is 2 mm to the liver), lymph node was negative (they tested 2 lymph nodes surrouding the tumor).
After the surgery, she was bleeding inside and bowel obstruction. However, today everything went through already (we have been staying in the hospital for 7 weeks). We can leave the hospital tomorrow.
We have asked the doctor on further treatment such as chemo or radiation therapy. The Dr said that in my Mum' case, with a succesful surgery (clear margin, negative lymph node, the tumor was not really aggressive), chemo is not neccesary at all. What we need to do is just to observe her situation and have regular CT scan, if the tumor recurs, they may have radiation therapy. Anyway, they said that the survival rate in my Mum' case is quite high.
So, I would like to seek your advices on this. Did any one of you have surgeries like my Mum's? and afterward, did the tumor come back, and how long?
Thank you so much for your greatful help so far, and hope that we can exchange alot of experience through this forum. I have read alot of treatment after surgery in this forum but I still post this here in detail, so you can understand her case further.
All the best!!