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by Paperharri on Fri Nov 24, 2006 12:00 AM
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I just wanted to check in and see how things were going for you folks. John has been very ill. The remaining bile duct that had a stent in it clogged and caused infection and bilirubin and other labs to skyrocket. John felt awful, but they replaced the stent and then had to clean it out this week also. He seems to be feeling better and the jaundice seems to be lightening up. We will do labs here thurs and then go down and see the docs on the 21 to talk chemo again. He cant make up his mind. Its all very difficult as you well know. I wish you peace. bren
On 11/24/2006 Paperharri wrote:Husband diagnosed with HCC, several tumors, also advanced Cirrhosis, no spread to other organs at this time. Found not to be eligible for transplant (too many tumors) nor transphere. Oncologists feels chemo would not be succesful and would reduce quality of life. Given non-specific short time-frame for life. Referred to an oncogolist that also practies alternative-herbal medicines and acupuncture as means of improving quality of life as modern medicines has no more options. We are patients at University of Cincinnati (Dr. Steve Rudich). Has anyone experienced any positive results with herbal or alternative methods of treatment? Any feedback or sharing would be appreciated. Harriet
by Paperharri on Sun Dec 10, 2006 12:00 AM
Hi Bren & John and others:
Bo is still hanging in...still lots of fatigue. He has been taken herb power plus herb pills perscribed by the Chinese oncologist last week, These were primary to keep bowels regular and help appetite. Bo doesn't seem to notice a great deal of difference yet. The doc called yesterday and he said keeping taking for another week and then we will reevaluate and more to additional herbs. I noticed this morning that Bo's stomach has turned sort of reddish in color...just the abdomen area, no where else. Am not sure if that's herbs, acites, portalhypertension...???? We have an appointment on the 15th with his original liver doctor to talk about another tap to relieve some of the acites. Some days he is perky and can even work a few hours...other times he is completely exhausted. We just do day-by-day. Am considering talking to Hospice for advice.
Take care of yourself Bren ... I have to remind myself to do that.
Prayers and Blessings to you both.
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