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Gallbladder cancer with severe lung metastasis 4th stage, does chemotherapy work?

Gallbladder cancer with severe lung metastasis 4th stage, does chemotherapy work?

GB cancer is: Uncommon, so few studies done prospectively. Looking at results in people treated empirically, perhaps one person in 10 will respond. That needs to be balanced against side effects that tend to occur in most. Frank discussion about symptom rrelief focus rather than "shrink tumor" at all cost. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose gallbladder cancer?

How do you diagnose gallbladder cancer?

Several ways.: The majority of gallbladder cancers are diagnosed after the gallbladder is removed for a reason other than suspicion of gallbladder cancer. For those still in place, (endoscopic) ultrasound is the most common and useful diagnostic tool, but other imaging methods such as ct, mri, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) are useful as well. Lab studies are not very useful. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for gallbladder cancer?

Gall stones: Gall bladder cancer is uncommon. People with gall stones are at greater risk of this cancer. It occurs more often women than in men and most patients are adults or older. Consult the following site for more information: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/gallbladder-cancer/ds00425. ...Read more

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Where does gallbladder cancer metastasize?

Where does gallbladder cancer metastasize?

Liver first: The most common sites are liver, lung, and brain. Other sites reported include the eye, heart, port sites, and bones. ...Read more

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What type of vitamins are good for gallbladder cancer?

What type of vitamins are good for gallbladder cancer?

None: Unfortunately vitamins play no role in the treatment of biliary cancer. In fact, depending upon the type of treatment used, they may increase the side effects of certain chemotherapeutic agents. Consult your oncolgist before you take any over the counter or "natural" medications. ...Read more

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Does gallbladder cancer appear as acalculous gallbladder wall thickening?Or as a specific area with scar like appearance?

Does gallbladder cancer appear as acalculous gallbladder wall thickening?Or as a specific area with scar like appearance?

Porcelain: The finding of a "porcelain gallbladder" on x-ray raises the suspicion for cancer; however, not diagnostic for cancer. Gallbladder cancer can present with symptoms and findings similar to patients with routine gallstones: right upper quad. Pain after eating with an ultrasound showing a thickened wall and stones. Most patients with acalculous cholecystitis, do not have cancer but still need surgery. ...Read more

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What is aggressive gallbladder cancer?

What is aggressive gallbladder cancer?

Gall bladder cancer : Gall bladder cancer can be locally advanced involving other surrounding organs or spread to blood stream to other organs. Prognosis in this situation is poor. ...Read more

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Can coffee help gallbladder cancer?

Can coffee help gallbladder cancer?

No. : Coffee consumption has no impact on the treatment of cancer of the gallbladder, either positive or negative. ...Read more

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Why does gallbladder cancer lead to jaundice?

Why does gallbladder cancer lead to jaundice?

The main duct: Draining the liver (common bile duct) collects the drainage from the gall bladder when the cystic duct joins. The gall bladder in intimately position with the liver, and gb cancer can lead to nodes obstructing these ducts or invasion directly into the liver. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

None: Surgery is the only method of achieving cure for gallbladder cancer. When not discovered incidentally during routine gallbladder surgery, gallbladder cancer usually presents in advanced stages. Therefore even with surgery, chances of total cure are low. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, though used, have not proven to be very successful in treating this disease. ...Read more

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What is early symptom of gallbladder cancer? Am a man, pain in solar plexus when i eat any kind of spice food.

Gallbladder disease: Gall stones are very common. Symptoms include ab pain after meals, especially fatty, spicy meals. Nausea and vomiting are also commonly present. Gall bladder cancer is much less common. Symptoms may mimic gall stone symptoms. The work up for both includes an ultrasound and blood work. Find a doctor near you for further care. ...Read more

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1st my Mama had a stroke then 4 months later it was found out that she had gallbladder cancer which had spread to a part of her Liver what stage ?

1st my Mama had a stroke then 4 months later it was found out that she had gallbladder cancer which had spread to a part of her Liver what stage ?

Need oncologist: This is very complex, as the stroke may have been secondary to a paraneoplastic hyper-coagulable syndrome, and this whole picture requires careful expertise. Ignore staging, as that is the realm of oncology and radiation therapy. Rather, have a family meeting with the physicians, and gain understanding of their recommendations. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can you do to reduce the risk of developing gallbladder cancer?

Difficult: It is a rare cancer and risk factors include gallstones, obesity, and advanced age. Diet and weight reduction can help and removal of the gall bladder in case of repeated gallstone attacks may be protective. ...Read more

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How can you tell of someone has gallbladder cancer? Can u see it on imagining tests?

Gallbladder cancer: Best test to diagnose gallbladder cancer is with abdominal sonogram or ct scan. Then if these tests are suspicious, biopsy with interventional radiology can be done for confirmation. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a 20 year old male getting gallbladder cancer?

What are the chances of a 20 year old male getting gallbladder cancer?

Very low: Why do you ask? If you have right upper quadrant pain or jaundice, please have your physician check you over. It may be any of dozens of things. ...Read more

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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


Dr. James Krick
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more