My amazing mum had breast cancer 2004, went into remission until 2016. She has been living with and being treated for stage 4 metastatic breast cancer... But now she has cancer of the gallbladder and it has spread to the peretoneum which I understand is aggressive and doesn't have a good prognosis.
I'm devastated, she is having a port put in to start intravenous chemo asap.
Has anyone else gone through something similar?
Just wanting to chat with anyone.
Wishing you and your mum all the best. It's hard.
No direct experience. But my husband was recently diagnosed with bowel cancer which as spread to his peretoneum, liver, and lungs. The peretoneum tumours caused really uncomfortable ascites, but they were able to manage these with regular taps (drains). So if her belly swells up and is uncomfortable, don't wait around like we did - there is treatment available, ask them about it. My husband also had a port inserted and is getting his chemo through there. The port has been fantastic. A small blessing to not need to be stabbed with needles all the time to put in and change canulas. And he loves the idea that he has a titanium insert :).
Good luck! Take care
my mother had breast cancer in her 50's then reconstruction. She was very lucky and lived to the age of 93 but my father died of non-small cell cancer in a time when they were just starting to look at new avenues of hope. I am not an oncology RN but had had remembered at one time when chemo to the peritoneum was done not through the port near the heart but via a portal access through the abdomen and this was more successful as more direct. Also, as gallbladder affected the surgeon can put in a drain to make her less affected by built up secretion. Not sure they do this direct treatment into the abdomen anymore. I was told when my dad had lung cancer they could administer chemo beads via bronchoscopy but he chose radiation instead but this did not work and we had to accept it. He also smoked but had a non-smokers lung cancer which was really weird to me at the time. I will lift up prayers for you both . As you know in this stage treatment is very aggressive so the treatment can sometimes do more harm than good. Your mom sounds very resilient though yet time will tell. Either way I know you will find ways to love and care for her the best way possible.
Thank you for sharing with me.
I'm sorry you had to go through that with both parents.
I will definitely remember to ask the oncologist about the drain etc.
Thanks for your kind thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you in this crazy world x
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