• Gallbladder problems after chemo?

    Asked by BetsyP on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Gallbladder problems after chemo?

    I started having what feels like gallbladder pain just before my last chemo - taxotere, cytoxen, four cycles, last one Feb 1. The pain has lasted off and on since then and I just went for an ultrasound. They don't see anything on the u/s but wondered if the pain - which starts up under my right ribs and spreads around my back - could be related to my chemo. Anyone have the same thing happen?

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    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had the same issue and found that it was related to my surgery. I had nerve damage during my mastectomy. It may get better over time, but it may not. I understand a lot of women experience this. Did you have a mastectomy?

      over 3 years ago
    • hgately's Avatar

      Hi Betsy,
      I just finished my chemotherapy treatment at the end of Feb. (4 AC followed by 4 Taxol every 2 weeks for 16 weeks as well as neulasta shots to help the WBC) After Christmas (before my last AC) I started experiencing the pain that you have described. I experienced this pain for 3 months (whilst undergoing chemo) and was in chronic pain, hugging my hot water bottles and on numerous pain killers. I met with my breast surgeon and he announced that he couldn't possibly put me through the scheduled mastectomy surgery with this gallbladder issue (after u/s and CAT--it was found to be enlarged and full of 'sludge'). So, he removed my 2 tumours and did a sentinel node biopsy and a laporascopic gallbladder surgery last week. Mastectomy to follow.

      My oncologist has totally denied any involvement of the chemo causing this problem but the surgeon (and myself and my husband) feel very strongly that I had no issues prior to chemo and chemo totally kicked me down throughout on all side effects.

      Since having my gallbladder removed, I feel like a new person. I have no pain (other than mild surgical discomfort), am off all pain killers and haven't clutched a hot water bottle since! When talking to an oncology nurse in the states, she couldn't understand why they waited to treat the gallbladder and thought it was 'torture' to leave me waiting until after breast surgery for this problem to be rectofied. Thank God for my surgeon who finally came to my aid and found the right solution for me.

      Best of luck to you!

      over 3 years ago
    • Bellingham's Avatar

      I too, had a gallbladder attack following 4 treatments of Adriamycin and Cytoxan and 12 weekly infusions of taxol. They wanted me to recover longer before another surgery. I then didn't have another attack until recently. Now I need to have my gallbladder removed. The time is just to coincidental to think there isn't a connection.

      about 2 years ago
    • LPOS's Avatar

      I just had my gall bladder removed after 12 weekly infusions of taxol/herceptin and 7 more tri weekly HERCEPTIN treatments to go......Blame it on the treatment!

      5 months ago
    • Hakiem's Avatar

      I had lung surgery last year, had chemo a few times since. I did have little pain on thee upper right side but thought it is due to the surgery. Two weeks ago I had neulasta injection and thugs get loose. Now I am in the ER ands just found out that I need a surgery to remove the gallbladder due to infection where my heart rate became 135.
      The oncologist did NOT recommend I go to the hospital and check, the nurse did, thanks God.

      about 1 month ago

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