Apr 16, 2012 - 10:50 am
Hi all: Well, just got some bad but not unexpected news about possible peritoneum stripping/HIPEC surgery associated with gallbladder cancer. Remember that I had my gallbladder and its tumour removed in April 2010 but that there was spread to the peritoneum and to the liver. Not much spread, but some nevertheless. I've had two rounds of chemo - 12 treatments of cisplatin + gemcitibine and 12 treatments of folfirinox (oxaliplatin + irenotecan + 5FU pump - and the latter seemed to work enough that I would be considered for the surgeries (to first remove the spot on the liver and then the stripping and HIPEC. However, because the results of gallbladder cancer and peritoneal stripping have not been good (no success rates here in Canada yet), the liver surgeon and the peritoneal surgeons have decided not to go ahead as it wouldn't add anything to my survival and likely would shorten it. Bad news but that's the way it is. So more chemo I guess until it doesn't work. Not sure what else we can try.