December 31, 2011 at 7:57 pm #50120
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I have updates!
So a couple months ago, we found out it shrunk! However, she can’t have any more radiation; she’s reached her max. She’s been bombarded with chemo since, but it hasn’t shrunk since then.
She had a blood transfusion a couple days ago along with chemo. She has one more chemo appointment, then she’s off for a couple months.
Her attitude is great, and she’s a real trooper!
Thank you all for support!May 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm #50119
I’m not sure if I could convince her to get a second opinion, but I do know that they’re doing more scans before they start with the treatment. I guess they’re double checking? Or just planning the treatment schedule according to the CC
Thank you all so much, I don’t know where I can get better support!May 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm #50118lainyMember
Hi, Debora…I am throwing my vote in for another opinion. One doctor may see what another does not. Can’t hurt anything at all. Great news that the CC has not spread. That is one big YIPEE!May 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm #50117marionsModerator
Deb…I agree with Nancy in that one or two more professional opinions need to be obtained.
Make sure to retain all medical records including, lab tests, copies of scans, physicianMay 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm #50116nancy246Member
Hi Debrah, I would get a second opinion on inoperable. I am sure you will have people come on here and say they were inoperable and then found someone who would operate. Unfortunately, an operation is the best bet for survival. Since the cancer has not spread, I would push for the operation. Yes, radiation is a funny thing – gives cancer and used to kill cancer. Some people have had good success with it. If the chemo and radiation shrink the tumour it may be deemed operable by your surgeon. Best of luck to you and your grandma. NancyMay 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm #50115
Okay, I have good/bad news
My gran is inoperable. I think it’s because the cancer is too close to an artery? Anyways, it’s too big, but it hasn’t spread to the pancreas or deeper into the liver. They’re going to start chemo and radiation. The chemo they’re using will not cause hair loss, but I have one question; doesn’t radiation GIVE you cancer?May 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm #50114
Thank you all so much for the kind wishes
She’s meeting with the surgeon either tomorrow or the 27th, I can’t remember which, but I am still praying that it’s operableMay 6, 2011 at 2:02 am #50113lainyMember
Devora that is just the best news ever. Wishing Gran a great success with the visit to the surgeon. Please let us know the outcome.May 6, 2011 at 1:19 am #50112marionsModerator
Debora…..I agree with Jim. Great news so far and my fingers are crossed for a positive visit with the surgeon.
All my best wishes,
MarionMay 6, 2011 at 12:59 am #50111
So far, so good. Let’s hope she is a surgical candidate. That’s the best hope for a ‘cure’. Good luck.May 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm #50110
Ahh, that’s good to know.
Soooo I have updates!
It was an ERCP they did, and they put in one stent. They said that the cancer isn’t in an advanced state, so they’re going to take it out with surgery and do chemo to make sure it’s all out. My gran’s meeting with the surgeon in about 10 daysMay 4, 2011 at 2:19 am #50109
My wife was my note taker. All Q & A info from doctor dialogues, future things to do, etc., etc. and any other reminder info This deal transpires over long time windows and even good memories get hazy. We often consult the notebook to recall info covered with a doctor six months ago. It prevents a lot of wasted time for all. I started a notebook ten years ago, when I was just a cardiac patient, now I am over two years with CC. We are in the periodic followup phase now and appointments are 4 to 6 months apart. I have also maintained a current meds spreadsheet, which is a real time saver for all, since I take a bunch of cardiac meds on a regular basis. This was useful when I was a chemo patient. Some people bring a tape recorder to doctor meetings instead, but I prefer a notebook. Save the venting for here or at home or keep a separate notebook for if it winds your watch.
The endoscopy was likely an ERCP and they often place stents during it to get bile moving and eliminate the yellow man look.
This organizational stuff just saves everyone time and eliminates errors.May 4, 2011 at 1:30 am #50108
Jim, she is going to Carbone for treatment. She just had a stent placed today while they were doing an endoscopic [?] procedure. (they look around with a camera, not sure if that’s endoscopic…) They’ll get back to us on when they’re starting treatment and what treatment she’ll be going through
I believe my grandfather will be her advocate. He goes to all of her appointments with her and of course lives with her as well. What would he be writing in the notebook? Updates, thoughts, or would it be a personal-way-to-vent out type of thing?
Thank you very very VERY much!May 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm #50107
Debora, the only Comprehensive Cancer Center in WI is UW Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center in Madison. I assume that’s where your grandma is going. This is a rare disease and the best care is almost only found at the major cancer centers. Ask lots f questions, both here and of the doctors.
Who will be your grandma’s advocate? I would suggest that person start a notebook, if you haven’t already. Good luck.May 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm #50106
Thank you all for replying and giving me support. I don’t think that we’re going to start chemo, and we’re not sure if surgery is an opiton right now, the doctors haven’t gotten back to us. I do know that there is a major[ish] cancer center somewhere in Madison where she’s going for treatment and diagnosis. I’ll be sure to keep posting and stay positive ♥
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