HI, My name is Evelyne, I was diagnosed with cancer back in August. After what seemed like
an eternity of waiting to hear what type of cancer I had and a lot of tests, I was finally
told in September that I had gallbladder cancer stage 4 and only had 6 to 9 months to live.
I was offered an aggressive type of chemo (gemcitabine/Cisplatin split)which I declined
as I was told that whilst on chemo, if I caught a simple cold, the outcome could be fatal.
I have since spoken to a specialist in London who says the chemo for gallbladder cancer isnt
aggressive. I have also asked whether I could have my gallbladder removed and all have said
that the only treatment is palliative and having surgery is not an option as my cancer has
spread to the peritoneum and bile duct, to which they fitted a plastic stent. Having read your comments on the forum has given me a little hope
asmany of you have had the surgery and survived. Over the last three weeks I have noticed
that my stomach has swollen. Could anyone tell me if thisis one of the symptons? I am going
to see a specialist tomorrow as no one has helped me so far and I feel that my case has been
swept under the carpet.