Apr 28, 2009 - 4:47 pm
My mom, who is 76 years old, found out she had gall stones in October 2008 and also around that time, she found out she has gallbladder cancer. She agreed to have the gall stones removed, but did not want to even consider treatment for the cancer. She did have surgery in December 2008 to have her gall bladder removed, and was only able to have part of it removed. The doctor said that the cancer had spread to the muscle and she also has severe cirrhosis. She had quit drinking in 1980. My siblings and I have no idea about what stage it is at, or anything else. I have been reading up on it from different websites and I figured the cancer is at stage II, don't ask me anything else about it because I couldn't tell you. My mom does not like talking about it, so we just leave it alone. It would be impossible to talk to her doctor without her consent, and she would not consent to it, she would become very angry. The doctor suggested to my mom, not to have chemotherapy because of her age, she's also diabetic, and she is considered to be legally blind. He also told her that when the cancer does progress, it would come fast and aggressive. From reading up on the cancer, it seems as if more information about it would be needed to find out how far it has progressed and what to expect at what stage it's at. She seems to be showing symptoms of having kidney problems, , like blood in the urine, and frequent urination. Did the cancer spread to her kidneys? She does not want to go for a checkup, only to get checked for her diabetes and medication. My sister and I talk to each other alot and ask each other questions that we're unable to answer. We're just not knowing what to expect.