The Big "c"
Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:33 AM
Re: symptoms of cholangiocarcinoma
Does jaundice (yellowing of the skin) automatically mean that you are already in stage 4?
Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:50 AM
Thank you Doctor.
no. we stage a tumor as 4 when it has spread to other sites, from the primary site.
but jaundice is not a good sign either. Because it means obstruction, in most cases. Even if the tumor is limited to the bile duct, if it is big or extensive enough, it may cause obstructive jaundice.
Diagnosis is by ERCP or MRCP. Depending on the location, the jaundice can be solved by inserting stents, to create an alternative route for bile to flow through.
Re: jaundice in cholangiocarcinoma
Can we assume that jaundice is stage 3 if there are no signs of bloating abdomen?
Re: insertion of stents
I noticed that while the jaundice would disappear, the condition of people with cholangiocarcinoma who undergo insertion of stents tend to go downhill, ie they starts getting thinner, they are too weak to walk alone unassisted, they become malnourshed. How come?
Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:48 AM
Thank you for the clarification. At least the insertion of stent would make the victim look good in the coffin.
stage is based on biopsy and imaging studies. Not on jaundice or any other symptom. Staging is composed of T - N - M. That's tumor size, nodes and metastasis.
CholangioCAs have poor prognosis. Insertion of stent is merely palliative (just to relieve symptoms like jaundice) , but prognosis will always be bad.
It is sickening if you come to think of the kinds people afflicted with cholangiocarcinoma. These are people who don't do drugs, drink, smoke, & don't have multiple sex partners, some even do regular exercise.
Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:42 AM
i would like to ask if there's an alternative medicine for chemotheraphy.
my cousin was had a cancer of the laryns fe years ago and he stop medications according to him hes ok na daw.
sabi nya kasi before di nya kaya chemotheraphy and according to him he wants a medications na injectable na medyo mura or oral medications for his maintenance.
Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:30 PM
currently my family are in shocked when we found out my dad has stage 3 hepatocellular carcinoma primary liver cancer.. sobrang shocked kami lht my dad dont smoke almost doesnt drink.. siguro once every 3months lng.. He was gonna go for a gall bladder check up pero accidentally nadiscover that may multiple tumors sa liver niya.. one tumor is already 10cm.. We already asked several expert opinions.. Nahihirapan ako mgtanong ng direcho sa mga doctor.. I also have a hard time talking to my dad.. Pag kausap ko sya im showing him na dont worry magagamot yan maayos yan prang lagnat na lang ngayon yan.. Its hard for me coz deep inside no matter how big my smile is when im talking to him im already deteriorating inside..
Now were giving him alternative medicines.. like guyabano leaves extract, pure baley etc etc everything that i could search in the net.. i cant afford to breakdown.. ako lang ang may ability to do research sa net for any info that might help unproven or proven.. Nag research na dn ako about hospitals in china with breaktru medicines and therapies for this kind of illness..
As of now.. naka schedule ang dad ko for admition sa UST hospital sa monday.. May ilalagay daw na implant sa dibdib niya para dun isasaksak un mga gamot chemo etc etc.. is it more practical ba than un sa usual na sa kamay na dextrose?
Maam i need you expert advise on this.. im really collecting info that might help us to get tru to all of this.. What should we do? cause as of now surgery is not an option pa daw.. My dad never experience any pain not on any part of his body.. except un sakit na dulot nun biopsy niya..
Edited by dbzar2, 27 March 2013 - 02:32 PM.
Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:27 PM
Posted 28 March 2013 - 10:30 PM
as of now the yellowness in his eyes were gone and it seems his gaining weight.. were not giving him any pork beef fatty and oily foods hes on a strict organic diet.. i read in the net that is a way to starve the cancer cells which might help in prenveting it from growing or spreading..
he also has a history of high blood sugars would it affect in any way with his cancer?
if the cancer continue to grow would it prevent the liver from functioning? or is it the cancer perse that kills?
Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:28 PM
karl is a surgical oncologist. in short, a surgeon.
i suggest you get the opinion of a MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST or a HEPATOLOGIST. They are not the same ha. A hepatologist is a gastroenterologist specializing in diseases of the liver. A medical oncologist is , well, an oncologist. We are the ones who give chemo.
Anyway, organic diet is ok. But it will not prevent the cancer from growing or spreading. Only treatment can. As to what treatment, it will depend on the extent (stage) of the tumor.
Just control the blood sugar well. You wouldnt want additional problems.
Yes if the cancer continues to grow (and as we speak, the cancer cells continue to multiply), it will end up compromising liver function, leading to liver failure. Once the liver fails, it would be irreversible.
good day maam... sorry for the late reply.. doc karl referred us to doc eugene regala he advised us to choose between oral ( NEVAXAR i think) same as sorafenib which cost 300k per month.. my dad tested negative for hapatitis profile.. 300k per month is something we are worried.. how effective is it from the usual chemo? we are having dilemma over what we should choose... we got around 2 hours to decide so that the med could be ordered right away..
thanks maam for the info and the help it is much much appreciated..
Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:19 PM
and maam i was wrong about my first post the tumor was 4.9mm x 5.5mm rather than 10mm..
i am deeply grateful maam for taking time to reply to the question im asking to you.. sobrang salamat po mula sakin at sa pamilya ko po maam..
Posted 06 January 2014 - 01:03 AM
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Posted 17 November 2016 - 06:29 PM
I don’t know how to start this, but both of my parents died of cancer, my mom having colon cancer and my dad prostate/bladder cancer…….Mom passed away last year and my dad recently august of this year. Both of them are health conscious and my mom being a herbal supplement fanatic. It’s a serious case to be honest having cancer, the agony of seeing your love one in pain, twice and even triple of what the cancer is doing to their system.
Advise : Accept the reality that things will end, but if you have the resources, time, money give it all so that in the end, walang regret….
My mom told me, “Son you did what’s best for me, thank you I will give myself now to god” I love you…….
My dad told me, “I’d be taking care of you your mom on the other side, she is so proud of you and your brothers I’d give her a kiss from you”. I love you my son….
Now I am alone…………………………..
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