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    Procedure or Surgery (ERCP): Few days prior to our appointment with the biliary surgeon, mum had showed signs of jaundice. We noticed a tinge of yellow in her eye-whites and she developed a severe rash all over her body which appeared on and off and itched throughout. A blood test had confirmed jaundice and alarmingly high bilirubin levels had doubled in 2 days. MRI scans showed that bile duct was obstructed due to a lymph node tumor. She was immediately admitted for an ERCP procedure to insert a stent to her bile duct to allow bile to flow and ease bilirubin levels. The day after the procedure, bilirubin levels dropped by 100 points, but a week on, she is still in so much discomfort from the procedure and medication --bloatedness, nausea and vomitting, water retention in her legs that she couldn't walk. Can't resume anymore chemo until bilirubin levels return to normal, but will be continuing on a new regime of chemo as soon as liver function look more convincing. Keeping fingers crossed that the new regime would work some wonders and we look forward to a resection after that.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): We were sent to see an oncologist and mum started on Gemzar and oral TS-1. The oncologist had given us a only 30-40% chance of response to chemotherapy, and after 4 doses she didn't really feel any side effects, but things weren't too good. The largest tumor got bigger, measuring up to 7cm and new lesions were found on the liver, with suspicious scars on the lungs. Change to targeted drugs Abraxane + Cisplatin + Nimotuzumab and just after 2 doses, there was remarkable improvement --tumors had shrunk by 60% - 70% and small lesions had gone missing. Continued with another 4 doses of the same, and the CT scan showed stabilised diseased --tumors appeared to have hypodensed. The oncologist had fixed for us to see a biliary surgeon in 2 weeks time, with so much hope that it would now be resectable.

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    Oh No (Cancer has spread/Metastasized): Mum has had gall bladder stones for years now, but we've always been advised to leave it as it is, as long as it doesn't give any trouble. Late December 2012, mum had started to feel discomfort and on 1st week of Jan 2013 was scheduled for a laparoscopic procedure to have her gall bladder removed. The surgeon abandoned the procedure and we were aghast to find out that it had not only turned cancerous, but had spread to her lymph nodes and liver. Given that the lesions in the liver were scattered, It was no way operable at this stage.

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