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  • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

    WillieRay it sounds like you've done your homework.  Good on ya.  I'm now two years out from resection, and about a year and a half out from chemo.  Still under surveillance, get the blood checked every two months and CT Scans every six months, I'll have another scan in March 2015.  All things considered, life's good.

    November 14 at 3:06 AM view post
    • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

      I started chemo on January 7th...  So I believe I will be done by the end of June.  On Monday I have an appt to talk with my Oncologist, so I want to ask him about three things- 1.  The chemo end date?  2.  His thoughts on how long to keep the port?  3.  My hernia, can I get it fixed? If it makes sense to fix the hernia, I though maybe just leave the port in till then, and get 'em...

      June 08, 2013 view post
      • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

        Hi Maudsie After you finished the gemzar treatment, did you have the port removed right away, or did you keep it for a bit longer?

        June 08, 2013 view post
        • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

          Certainly.  I've maintained a diary of my blood counts and side effects.  The first thing they do every chemo day is check my blood counts.  The gemcitabine has a strong effect on the blood.  If everything looks good, then they give me an anti-nausea med, zofran & decadron, with the gemcitabine.  The combination really keys me up on chemo day.  Makes it hard for me to sleep for abo...

          June 08, 2013 view post
          • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

            I invested a tremendous amount of thought and energy into the question of adjuvant therapy, after my surgery.  I got wildly varying opinions.  I decided to go for it. My oncologist perscribed single agent gemcitabine with treatment lasting six months.  The treatment started about eight weeks after my re-setion surgery.  At this time, I have been going thru the treatment for the last five months.&...

            June 08, 2013 view post
            • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

              Sorry if I'm in the wrong spot...  I am active on the gallbladder cancer message board.  A friend from there told me about this thread so I wanted to come over here and say Hi. I am in a similar situation to what y'all are contending with.  I am an Iraq Veteran with gallbladder cancer.  I have a claim in for service connection and have the DAV as an advocate.  My oncologist believes that env...

              April 16, 2013 view post
              • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

                Sending light and hope.  Hoping for the best!

                April 02, 2013 view post
                • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

                  Great news!

                  March 11, 2013 view post
                  • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

                    I take back what I said about not getting the flu...  Just came down with a nasty cold.  Yuck.  (I'm on my eight week of gemcitabine, have had infusions seven out of eight weeks.)

                    February 27, 2013 view post
                    • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

                      Hi Maudsie!  Hi Lucy! I didn't speak to an Oncologist till after my resection surgery.  I did a lot of homework educating myself about this disease during my the initial days of recovery from surgery.  By the time I was well enough to travel to Doctors appts I felt I was prepared to discuss the options.

                      February 25, 2013 view post
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                      About RocknIraqVet

                      Patient
                      Gallbladder Cancer
                      Cancer Treatments

                      My name is Rick. I had my gallbladder removed due to gallstones 9-12-2012, and was given the diagnosis T2 Gallbladder Adenocarcinoma on 9-25-2012. I had liver and node resection surgery at UCLA on 11-9-2012. I am now staged T2N0M0.

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