Gemcitabine or Doxorubicin

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    walk
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    No answers yet here. The doctor went with gemcitabine. We have another chemoembolization scheduled this week, then a scan on Feb 16th to see if the treatments are doing any good.

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    jur777
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    what would you consider a tumor shrinking drug? any opinions on what seems to be the best combo to get that tumor to shrink?

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    violarob
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    How would the doxorubicin be administered? by infusion in the arm, hepatic artierial infusion or chemoembolization? These 3 methods are very different as to side effects and effectiveness of treatment. Doxorubicin is a very rough drug, and is not particularly effective for cholangio. Gemzar is more effective but is used more as a stabilizing drug rather than a tumor-shrinking drug.

    With a tumor that large, I am surprised they are not recommending some kind of resection or ablation to reduce the size before initiating a chemo regimen.

    I am not a doctor, so get lots of opinions! Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress.

    Violarob in Texas

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    walk
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    The interventional physician is considering these two. Does anyone have any suggestions on which way to go? She said it is basically flip a coin.

    My dad’s tumor is quite large 11 x 14 cms, involving both lobes with 2 or 3 branches.

    Does one have more side effects? more success? less arterial damage?

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