Nov 03, 2010 - 1:31 pm
Hello everyone. My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 gallbladder cancer October 11th. After an ERCP they learned it had spread to pelvic cavity, and did not operate on her. After weeks of fighting with the insurance company she finally got her first treatment of Gemzar and Cisplatin 10/26/2010. We were told, that the amount given is according to the patient's height and weight. But the amount of treatment is how aggresive the cancer is. So I was shocked when they told us she was scheduled for 2 treatments, one not even being the combo. She will have her second treatment today, but the oncologist is only giving her Gemzar. Today we find out how many cycles she will be given, but the nurse made it seem like 2 was it. Which I hope she was wrong. We were told she would get radiation but until December. I am extremely confused about the treatment. If the Dr is giving up on her or if the treatment is what is given. We asked the oncologist, and he said the combination of drugs was aggresive and did not want to damage her kidneys, but the combo drug was given once. Can anyone here please let me know how many times a week you were given treatment? Specially if you were given Cisplatin and Gemzar. My mother is 55 years old, and has always been active. She is a strong woman, and I refuse to believe the Dr's statistics. I appreciate your help.