Aug 18, 2011 - 10:47 pm
Her GB Cancer is too advanced for surgery. The other alternative of 5 FU infusuion has only a 20% chance of helping her (and Gemzar was so debilitating that we don't think another chemo is worth it).
The doctors said the most relief of pain would come from radiation to the tumor, but BIG BUT, they would need to do laparascopic surgery to insert "spacers" to push the intestines out of the way so they'd have a clear shot for the radiation. (It was explained that her particular anatomy would require this.) The radiation would be 5 days in a row after recovery fr the laparascopy. I've talked with an operating room nurse I know who never heard of such a thing. She consulted w/oncologists fr her hospital in NYC who also never heard of such an operation.
Thank you all for your honest sharing of your stories. It has helped enormously in getting perspective on this awful, disease.