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    Decision Point

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): I finished treatment last year and I did celebrate with a vacation. I was really happy to be done with chemo. I have been having scans every 6 months and I continue to be NED. I am approaching two years and I am praying for the best. I wish I could find more people that have had GB cancer, as I feel isolated and lonely at times. This is a difficult cancer as there are so few people to talk .

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      I have gallbladder cancer. It was discovered when my gallbladder was removed in late August 2012. I came to the hospital in severe pain and they discovered I had sepsis, infection all over my body. I made it through the surgery and almost died after surgery because of the severe infection. My surgeon told me a few days later that the Pathologist found cancer in my gallbladder. After I recovered from the gallbladder surgery I was referred to an Oncology Surgeon for liver resection and removal of all lymph glands in that area. No cancer found! I had a serious wound infection after the last surgery and had to return to the hospital, and it is finally healing. My Oncologist told me chemo is optional at Stage 2. He wants me to come in to his office to discuss the pros and cons. I want to get the 4 months of chemo, so I have possibly a better chance of survival. We have a lot in common. Hope we can keep in touch.

      almost 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I was on a chemo pump for 6 weeks along with radiation. Some doctors suggested chemo as an extra precaution and some said not to do it. There is no information to tell if chemo is helpful for microscopic cells that may be left behind with gallbladder cancer. I choose chemo. as I wanted the best chance of survival. The 5fu pump made me sick to my stomach and tired but it was not too bad. After the month of the pump and chemo I started xeloda pills daily and within two weeks I was terribly sick and weak. I got so sick one day that I was put in the hospital and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which I was told was caused by the chemo and the trauma to my body. I was switched from xeloda to gemzar for another 4 months. I tolerated the gemzar okay with the biggest side effect being fatigue and nausea. I did work through treatment and took only days off to go to chemo.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): After being diagnosed with GB cancer T2 had a liver resection at UCLA.The care there was excellent and my surgeon was amazing. I was in the hospital for 7 days. I did have some pain and some discomfort, but overall the surgery was not as bad as I expected. The worst part of the whole thing was waiting on the pathology reports to determine if the cancer had spread. On the 5th day I was told that the report showed no spread to lymph nodes or other organs, clean margins were obtained. I recovered little by little each day after coming home and within a month I was able to drive and get around slowly.