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  • 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
                    • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

                      Hi Lucy I do consider myself very fortunate.  I almost canceled the gallbladder removal surgery because I thought I might have been over-reacting to the symptoms (I only ever had one gallbladder attack).  Turned  out to be a very fortuitous  move, in light of the fact it turned out I had cancer.  I'm hoping you get the best possible outcome too! Regarding chemo, I believe it's for a l...

                      February 24, 2013 view post
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                      About RocknIraqVet

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                      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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