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Gallbladder Cancer Chemotherapy Gemzar
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gallbladder cancer n diffuse lung mets, with oxygen at home, need an onchologist opinion abt chemo, she is 60 , advanced stage, i heard gb ca has treatment?
Yes, there is treatm: There is some treatment which can help you. Ask your oncologist to help you and use chemotherapy with a drug called gemcitabine in combination with cisplatin. A british trial reported recently showed this treatment regimen to provide fairly good benefit in about half of the pateints...So you might be luck and benefit from this intervention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should my mom take us-guided fine needle biopsy for detection of a possible suspected 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: The microscopic analysis of the tissue can be categorized by a grading system of factors that suggest whether a tumor is likely to be more or less "aggressive;" high grade and low grade, respectively. The stage of the cancer is the most important prognostic factor in term of outcome. Read more about it here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/gallbladder/patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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