Jan 07, 2014 - 10:30 pm
Here is a new forum topic for all stages of gallbladder cancer for 2014. Lily50’s great idea to consolidate GBC discussions should continue. GBC is, sadly, just one of countless “Rare and Other Cancers” on this discussion board. It is tough to keep up with the posts when there are different threads going on.
By way of introduction, I’m curriewalla. A relative was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer. He had surgery and adjunctive chemotherapy in the form of cisplatin and gemcitabine. Now 3+ years later, CT scans and tumor marker tests have not detected a recurrence of cancer.
He had an ultrasound that showed a large gallbladder mass that was worrisome for cancer. There was no biopsy (the cancer seeds easily). His abdomen/chest area was opened with a long vertical incision. The abdominal cavity was inspected to see if the cancer had spread beyond the liver and gallbladder area. The cancer had not spread, so the surgery went ahead. The surgeon removed: the gallbladder; the parts of the liver into which the cancer had spread directly from the gallbladder; and numerous lymph nodes into which the cancer had spread from the gallbladder through the lymph system. The surgery resulted in tumor free margins. Intraoperative ultrasound was used to determine whether there was more than one tumor (no), the extent of the tumor and the method by which it had spread. Not much of the gallbladder was left; it was mostly overtaken by the tumor.
Throughout my relative has been proactive. He stays informed, keeps notes of doctor's appointments and gets copies of blood test results (e.g. liver panel, tumor markers) and CT scans.
I see that the Gallbladder Cancer - 2013 (Any Stage) topic received a couple of posts before I started this new thread: rvhere posted on 3 January 2014 and mrs_stark2u posted on 6 January 2014. Take a moment to have a look at their posts.