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Gallbladder cancer spread to the liver
Nic
5 Posts
Hi guys, my mum was recently diagnosed with gallbladder cancer. There is tumours in the liver and could be something in the pancreas. She lives in Ireland and I am flying home this weekend. She is still waiting for a liver biopsy. Tomorrow she is having a stent put in. She was told surgery is not an option. Anyone have an information/experience with any of the above? I am expecting the worst.
Thanks,
Nichola 
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Brighty
6564 Posts
Nic‍ welcome.   So sorry about your mom's cancer.   I'm going to connect  you with Inez‍  whose mom also has gallbladder cancer.     
FaLondon
2 Posts
Hello,

i’m sorry to hear about your mothers diagnosis. I too went through a similar situation with my late 48 year old mother who was diagnosed with stage 4 gallbladder cancer back in June 2018. This started from abdominal pain from gallstones and doctors were quite late to detect that it is cancer, went through cycles of chemo which helped to keep it stable however my mum emotionally and physically could not continue with it after about 4/5 months so we paused and tried alternative hypothermia treatments in Germany. However this did not help, and she passed away in October 2019, however every person is different and my mother also had a cousin brother who was diagnosed with the exact condition a few months before her and he outlived my mother by around 6 months, whilst on chemo he had an infection and caught covid 19 whilst on hospital which led to his demise however he did cope very well with the cancer treatment and had gone into remission at a point. If you would like any more further detail please do let me know, i’ll be happy to dig deeper might take a revision of my mother’s medical notes.
 
FaLondon
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To add, i’m based in London, UK.
Shawrett
14 Posts
Hi Nic‍ 
 
I was diagnosed in August 2019 with pancreatic cancer. The cancer is actually in the bile duct. I had the Whipple procedure done in November 2019 and followed up with a course of chemotherapy. In the spring of this year they noticed a couple of lesions on my liver which have grown. There is no more in the pancreas which is a good sign but now I’m on a different chemo To get the liver under control. I’m very optimistic that I will be able to continue with treatment and the tumour stop growing.
 
I believe mine actually started when my gallbladder was removed and I think they forgot or left a stone in the bile duct which I have been told is common. Of course they will not say that is true. I have also been told that surgery on my liver is not possible as the spots on her all over the liver but I can survive with cancer and treatments once they get the liver under control. That’s my hope as I have lots to live for, I am only 59 and have lots that I want to do and see. The chemo I am on right now it’s not as bad as what I was on for the pancreatic. I have good days and bad days but I can honestly say I have more good days.
 
Feel free to reach out if you have any more questions.
 
Jo
Great to hear from you Shawrett‍. So glad to hear you are having more good days than bad and the chemo isn't as tough this time.

I appreciate you sharing to help others,

Lacey
Nic
5 Posts
Hi guys, 
Thank you for replying. I actually have just read these messages now. My mum passed away 8 weeks after her diagnosis. I was pregnant at the time with what would have been her first grandchild. My baby girl is now 3 months old and has brought me so much joy. I still can't bear to think about my beautiful mother who would have been the best granny. No one knows what is in store for them so I try to keep positive and live life to the fullest. I can't imagine what going through cancer must feel like but I'm sending my love and positive vibes <3
Dougmcd
2 Posts
My wife was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer spreading in to the liver and local lymph nodes.
She starts chemo next week to see if the tumors can be shrunk to allow surgery.
We have a three month old and four week old grandchildren just now and she wants so bad to live for them.
We have a good team of doctors, oncologists and surgeon we are working with and a great support group of her friends and family. Luckily, we all live in the same town.
I am depressed yet hopeful and trying to be here each day for her. Living without her would be awful.
Take Care
ACH2015
2019 Posts
Hi Dougmcd

Based on your post, your wife has many people in her corner - both family and medical team. Cancer is shocking and can lead to depression in both the patients and their caregivers. Caregivers - Taking care of yourself is from the Canadian Cancer Society website. There are many suggestions and strategies suggested to help cope with all the emotions cancer brings with it.

I have had cancer and recurrence myself What helped me to reduce stress and depression was understanding the process and treatments I was lined up for. It gave me a sense of control and took a lot of the "what if's" out of the equation. We all have to find ways to get through stress and depression. Sometimes tools that worked - need to be changed up until we find another that helps us out. I encourage you to be honest in sharing with your wife and family and friends. We need to feel understood and hiding our emotions only lead to more to deal with on our plate.

I hope this helps, posting here helps as well. One of the many tools to get us through the day.

Keep well

ACH2015
Nic
5 Posts
My mum never got to meet her first grandchild and it breaks my heart. I know she would have been the best granny and she should have been around to see my baby into her 20's. There are some positive stories out there as I did a lot of research. I really hope your wife is one of them and gets to spend many more years with her family. ❤
Dougmcd
2 Posts
Thank you both for your kind words. As I sit here at our first chemo treatment for this cancer all the knowledge that I am not alone is priceless.
Take Care
Nic
5 Posts
Sending all the positive vibes your way. Reach out if you ever need to.
ACH2015
2019 Posts
Dougmcd

Glad our posts helped.

Always better to fell less alone!

Keep well and all the best to you and your wife.

ACH2015
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