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Diagnosed with bile duct cancer. On chemotherapy. What is your opinion?

My sister in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 bile duct cancer. She just went through with a hysterectomy because they thought she had ovarian cancer, she hadn't been holding anything down since being sent home from surgery and was taken to ER where they ran tests and told her stage 4 bile duct. They want to treat with chemo staying this week for 6 weeks. The cancer has spread to many places already. What can we expect, YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcomet to HCM.
I am sorry about such serious disease. This is obviously terminal stage and one of the worse cancers. Unfortunately prognosis isnt very good, it is always hard to predict , but you have to do everything you can including chemo which can prolong life expactancy for 3-6 months. Usually 1 year survival is found in less than 5%. She can benefit from palliative treatment of pain,nausea nad fatigue. Everything else isnt in your hands. WIsh you good health.
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Sunil Kumar Srivastava's  Response
Stage 4 is a advanced stage, palliative care to drain bile by putting stent in duct is undertaken to flow the bile into the system.
Radiotherapy and chemotherapy are given for palliation.
Your oncologist is the best judge to institute these as per clinical condition.
With modern cancer drugs sometimes it is possible to prolong longevity, drainage of bile by putting stents is taken up endoscopically(ERCP) if it is possible at this stage to relieve jaundice.
Trust your doc.and follow his advice
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