liver duct cancer not responding to chemo

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liver duct cancer not responding to chemo

by Moklateka on Tue Jul 24, 2018 08:26 PM

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We are assisting a family member who has liver DUCT cancer.  The tumors are not responding to chemotherapy (second type they have attempted, no reponse to the other, either). He has had many stints and drains placed, yet they clog up and need replaced frequently.  He recently had a paracentesis to drain a large amount of fluid from his abdomen even though he takes diruetics.

His doctor has now mentioned Hospice.  Of course we are HEARTBROKEN - we had hoped his treatments would be sucessful. And I have no idea what to expect.  Anyone else have an experience with this, and can guide me on what is going to happen?  I just wish to assist the best I can, yet I don't have any training on this.

He is still able to "self care" mostly, although he has severe jaundice, muscle loss, swelling of the abdomen., and gets short of breath when walking.  He is so tired, he doesn't go anywhere unless he must, and sleeps as soon as he sits down, and his appetite is not robust.  We must wake him to eat.  

Thank you for your help.  

RE: liver duct cancer not responding to chemo

by mycancer4real on Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:43 AM

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On Jul 24, 2018 8:26 PM Moklateka wrote:

We are assisting a family member who has liver DUCT cancer.  The tumors are not responding to chemotherapy (second type they have attempted, no reponse to the other, either). He has had many stints and drains placed, yet they clog up and need replaced frequently.  He recently had a paracentesis to drain a large amount of fluid from his abdomen even though he takes diruetics.

His doctor has now mentioned Hospice.  Of course we are HEARTBROKEN - we had hoped his treatments would be sucessful. And I have no idea what to expect.  Anyone else have an experience with this, and can guide me on what is going to happen?  I just wish to assist the best I can, yet I don't have any training on this.

He is still able to "self care" mostly, although he has severe jaundice, muscle loss, swelling of the abdomen., and gets short of breath when walking.  He is so tired, he doesn't go anywhere unless he must, and sleeps as soon as he sits down, and his appetite is not robust.  We must wake him to eat.  

Thank you for your help.  

Sorry to hear that.  I suggest a second opinion. My relative had to undergo chemo embolization and theraspheres.  The liver responded well but the rest of the body was not treated.  So, it is a battle either way.  The recovery time between treatments to the liver could have been shortened but were not. Still battling.

Sorry about all of this.  Not eating does not help and contributes to the muscle loss.  Water, water, water. Eat high protein diet.  High protein shakes and everything healthy.  Lots of vitamin c, vitamin d, and milkthistle. 

Get a booster shot for WBC increase, and maybe a platelet transfusion.  

Never give up hope.  

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