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A 26-year-old female asked about a 58-year-old female:

Mom going for chemotherapy(gemcitabine) for gallbladder cancer 4th stage with severe lung mets, she is with home oxygen, does chemo worthful?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Good but hard ?: It is not wrong for her to get chemo insofar as she understands that chemo will at best slow down disease and maybe improve some symptoms at the cost of side effects. She and her oncologist have to be honest with each other and use common sense regarding when to stop. It is not wrong to forego chemo now and go hospice either. It is ultimately her call, back her choice please.
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Your help and: Her decision , will play a very impotent roll , quality life decisions. If she wants to fight to the lost second let her continue because it is her decision , other wise make her comfortable you and your family , friends give all the love and care, sorry it is a loosing battle.
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 27 years experience
Palliative care.: Treatment for stage 4 cancer is mainly palliative, menaing to improve symptoms and hopefully to prolong life. Based on your age, your mom is probably in her late 70s or 80's. With her on home oxygen because of diffuse lung metsand at her advanced age, we should be careful and realistic about her treatment. You and mom should have a thorough discussion with her oncologist about his goal for her.

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