Mar 30, 2011 - 2:50 pm
HI all: I have recently been diagnosed with peritoneum cancer that resulted after seeding from a gallbladder tumour (removed with surgery April 2010). My latest MRI (March 2011) shows 6 nodules on the upper right quadrant of the peritoneum and on the omentum. One nodule was excised April 2010 and was cancerous. I have had 6 cycles of chemotherapy (Cisplatin/Gemcitibine) September 2010 to January 2011 but this did not affect the nodules (although seemed to work for the post-op gallbladder cancer as no other organs are involved according to the MRI). From reading posts on the ovarian cancer and primary peritoneal cancer discussion boards, debulking surgery, intra-peritoneal chemotherapy (with heat), and regular chemotherapy using taxol and carboplatin (a milder form of cisplatin) are being used to treat peritoneum cancer. In Canada, where I am, only one surgeon does the debulking surgery and IP chemo in the entire country (in Calgary). You have to be interviewed to see if you would be a good candidate for the procedures. I haven't yet had my interview.
I have several questions:
Thanks! Sorry this is so long but this is scary being in a place where so little is known about either peritoneum cancer or gallbladder cancer - it is very rare in Canada. And the gastro-intestinal and gynological oncologists don't seem to talk to each other. The gastro-intestinal oncologists view peritoneal cancer as terminal. I am not buying that!