Signs the End is Near for Stage 4 Gall Bladder Cancer

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Signs the End is Near for Stage 4 Gall Bladder Cancer

by kexline1416 on Thu Dec 03, 2009 09:30 PM

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My grandmother is 62 years old and was diagnosed with stage 4 gall bladder cancer 5 months ago when she went in to have her gall bladder removed.  The doctor was unable to remove the gall bladder because the cancer was so wide spread.  She started chemo 4 weeks after her scheduled surgery & has quickly gone down hill from there.  She started out having managable pain 1-2 days of/after chemo but unbearable pain the rest of the time.  It's gotten to the point now that she's in constant pain all the time.  She was admitted to the hospital last week because what her doctor thought was a spec on her cat scan turned out to be a blood clot.  The blood clot was limiting her breathing and it got to the point that she couldn't even walk to the restroom and back without it taking the wind out of her & using all the energy she had.  While in the hospital they had her on 2 12 hour shots of Coumadin plus 3 pills of Coumadin at the time of the shot.  We were told that after the blot clot broke up that she would be able to breath again, but after 4 days in the hospital, they have released her with an oxygen machine.  She is already on her second type of chemo, is on the patch at strength 150 plus other pain meds and is barely even able to get up off the couch.  She doesn't want to know a time frame, but my family and I are growing more and more concerned that the time is near.  We just want to be there as much as possible all the time, but even more so as the end nears. Does anyone know some of the signs to look for as the end is near???  While we love her with all our hearts, we just want to be happy and pain free again...whether it be here with us or with God!  Thank You. 

RE: Signs the End is Near for Stage 4 Gall Bladder Cancer

by Pooh729 on Thu Dec 03, 2009 09:39 PM

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On Dec 03, 2009 9:30 PM kexline1416 wrote:

My grandmother is 62 years old and was diagnosed with stage 4 gall bladder cancer 5 months ago when she went in to have her gall bladder removed.  The doctor was unable to remove the gall bladder because the cancer was so wide spread.  She started chemo 4 weeks after her scheduled surgery & has quickly gone down hill from there.  She started out having managable pain 1-2 days of/after chemo but unbearable pain the rest of the time.  It's gotten to the point now that she's in constant pain all the time.  She was admitted to the hospital last week because what her doctor thought was a spec on her cat scan turned out to be a blood clot.  The blood clot was limiting her breathing and it got to the point that she couldn't even walk to the restroom and back without it taking the wind out of her & using all the energy she had.  While in the hospital they had her on 2 12 hour shots of Coumadin plus 3 pills of Coumadin at the time of the shot.  We were told that after the blot clot broke up that she would be able to breath again, but after 4 days in the hospital, they have released her with an oxygen machine.  She is already on her second type of chemo, is on the patch at strength 150 plus other pain meds and is barely even able to get up off the couch.  She doesn't want to know a time frame, but my family and I are growing more and more concerned that the time is near.  We just want to be there as much as possible all the time, but even more so as the end nears. Does anyone know some of the signs to look for as the end is near???  While we love her with all our hearts, we just want to be happy and pain free again...whether it be here with us or with God!  Thank You. 

i am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. My mom died on Nov  17 2009. So of the signs that the end is here is when she stop going to restroom. Basically when she stop producing urine. Another sign is not wanting noting to eat or think. You might find times that the person want  very ice cold water then does not want it any more. Cold sweats is sign. My mom went through sweats but felt cold. She starred a lot day before she died. Hope that helps . My prayers are with you and your family.

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by kexline1416 on Thu Dec 03, 2009 09:50 PM

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Thank You for your response.  She has basically stopped eating.  She might take a bite or two of each meal, but that's about it.  Meats have been tasting horrible after for months now.  Bread no longer has a good taste and she said that even water has a different taste and leaves an after taste.  I would say that she averages going to the bathroom about 3 times in a 24 hour period right now.  While in the hospital, she would go to being cold to being very hot...and we would have to turn the thermostat down to about 68 degrees, which sometimes still didn't help much.  She is still able to talk, but often gets winded & doses off during conversations.  She sleeps of and on most of hers days...which is more often then not!  We struggle with visiting because she doesn't want to take her medications while everyone is around (which is often) because they make her sleepy. 

Sorry to hear about your mom.  I'm sure she is pain free now and in a very happy place.  My prayers are with you and your family!  Thanks again! 

RE: Signs the End is Near for Stage 4 Gall Bladder Cancer

by besthope on Wed Dec 23, 2009 07:12 AM

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My dad has the same symptom. 1 week before he pass away, he felt cold, sleepy, cannot eat, unable to control themselves. But we still manage to talk to him and he able to response to us until the day he die. By the way, sometime they felt cold is because their hemoglobin is low. I doesn’t want to think his past on the suffering from this scary cancer that make me very sad. But I just knew that he don’t suffer a lot before he died compare to some cancer patient.  We just need to be with them until the end.  I love him.

RE: Signs the End is Near for Stage 4 Gall Bladder Cancer

by navjot on Thu Feb 20, 2014 08:35 PM

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Although this is a 5 year old forum but I landed here because my mother is going through the same trauma as you did. People says miracles happen in life... did it really happen with your mom? If not, how did she go down... very curious to know because my mother is going down the same hill.

My Story...

Though I may be from a different part of World (India) but I guess this disease progress the same way everywhere. My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 GBC in Oct 2013. We were clearly told that it is not opearable and she will only be given palliative care through chemotherapy. The oncologist said she had few months and at best a year (2% chance). We went ahead with 3 chemo cycles and had a CT done but it showed that the tumor had increased more than 100%. She was put on different chemo, Folfox. That required a long infusion of 48 hours and she felt so fed up that she stopped after doing it thrice. Now, this is the stage we are at. Its 21 Feb now and she has been vomiting everything for the last 3/4 days. Its already been 4 months and her weight has gone down by 15 kgs but ironically, her liver and kidney function test comes out fine. So... since she is throwing up anything and everything, we are administering her with perinol injections and it is not helping her thus far. Tomorrow, we are planning to take her to the hospital so that she can be given glucose intravenously. About 2 weeks back, she was able to atleast eat something and also used to take chicken/tomato soup every now and then but that time has long disappeared and she is in a mess now. She is a 62 yo lady. Just going by her tests, I will like to believe that her end is not near if she somehow gets back to eating and drinking. I must say that she feels very cold (much colder than 15 deg C) and there is a bit of swelling in the feet. She takes pain killers twice a day. 

I was wondering if you people know of anything (any medicine or natural thing) that could help my mother in this desperate situation, doctor says that her body can still respond to the treatment (as in if she starts chemotherapy again, she can live another 2-3 months).

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by TerriT on Fri Jul 11, 2014 03:04 AM

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I am 45 years old and was diagnosed with GBC in Feb. of this year, 2014. I went in for surgery and they found out I have GBC and it has spread to my liver. I  began chemo within 3 weeks, I have done 5 rounds and on Monday I am going in for the 6th round. 

After 3 rounds I had a Pet Scan done and it showed that the tumors had shrunk by 50%.  I am on Gemsar an Oxaliplatin.

Will retest again after 2 treatments, around August 10th to see if I am ready for a liver resection.

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by tony73 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 02:28 AM

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Sorry to hear about you grandmother ! I lost my mom last week from gallbladder cancer. This kind of cancer is very aggressive, progressive and very painful .... My mom was ok until the abdomen pain started in 3 weeks her cancer replaced her liver and passed away . Signs other than pain , stop eating the last 3 days she will stop drinking, sweating and feeling agitated, short of breath, weakness and tiredness when she talks or get up from her bed. My mom suffered a lot they tried all kind of pain killers med but nothing worked to relieve the pain .... It is a very bad cancer and survival rate is very low ! My prayers go to your grandma !

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by pushansengupta on Mon Oct 13, 2014 06:26 PM

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dear navjot ,

i have gone through yours mom condition. my mother has been diagonised with gall bladder cancer stage 4th october 2014.please let me inform whether chemo therapy has positive effect .

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by mjleger on Mon Oct 20, 2014 03:21 PM

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I hope your mom is still hanging in there. My wife was diagnosed with Stage IV Gall Bladder Cancer in September of 2013. They gave her 6 months and she is still fighting it to this date! She starting on a normal chemo product and it did not work. They next tried FOLFOX and it actually worked! She had a PetScan done and there was no cancer to be found. She went back again last month for another scan only to find 3-4 new tumors in different areas of the liver. I know FOLOX is very difficult on the human body, but we have seen first hand it does work! During treatments she would smoke marjauana to control the nausea and would also get a shot to boost up her white cell counts. ALthough is it very tough on your body it can help. We go to Dana Farber in Boston MA is they are very helpful. We only wish we could find a cure :(

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by pushansengupta on Wed Oct 22, 2014 02:13 PM

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THANKS FOR SHARING

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