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    Ooops - I overlooked your statement that you had already stopped Femara 6 months ago.  Has your joint pain subsided as well?

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      I am compelled to write, because I too was diagnosed with BC in 2008, had a mastectomy, chemo, radiation, and then 5 years of tamoxifen.  I am now 53.  In April, I was running 3-4 miles a few times a week, was down around 153, and generally feeling great.  My doctor said that "studies have shown" that after 5 years of tamoxifen, one in my demographic should switch to 5 years of Femara, so I did -- arou...

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        davstar - I had the same reaction ... are you KIDDING me?  I am not battling lung cancer, but am a breast cancer survivor and recent caregiver to my mother who passed away from terminal gallbladder cancer.  Whoever is thinking sex is a high priority for people with difficult to treat cancers is crazy or has not had cancer or cared for someone who did.  There are so many other things that could be ...

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          Kimmie, Like the previous responder, I do not know the answer to your question about radiation, and I am very sorry to hear you are dealing with this terrible disease. My experience is that of a caretaker and health advocate for my 71-year-old mother.  She received a similar recommendation that surgery could not be performed because of the possibility of "seeding" and the doctors recommended chemo to shrink th...

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            Lyn, My personal opinion is that I would get the surgery.  While I'm not a doctor, and everyone's cancer is different, people who are healthy enough to have cancer removed seem to fair well for a longer period of time than people who use chemo alone.  My mother was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer in May 2011 and died in November 2011.  Unfortunately, in May 2011, her first doctor recommended chemo ...

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              My mother was lucky in that we were able to manage her pain until the very end.  My mother was prescribed morphine at first, and we upped her dosage as time went on (consulting with her hospice doctor of course).  The morphine worked well.  We gave it to her every 4 hours and she did sleep perhaps more than someone who is not on morphine, but she also was pretty lucid and awake for many hours of t...

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                Dear Harpy, I'm sorry to hear that you are dealing with this.  My mother also was diagnosed with stage 4 gallbladder cancer, and went on hospice.  I am sad to report that my mother passed away in November about 3 weeks after going on hospice. I suspect that I may be too late to be of any help to you, but I am happy to write or talk if you would like. I know what you are going through is not easy. L...

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                  Hi all, My mom (72) was diagnosed with GBC about 8 weeks ago.  The scans show it had metastasized to omentum, and possibly there is liver involvement.  She has been started on Gem/Cis, 2 on, 1 off, and finished her first round.  The first scan showed some shrinking/disappearance of tumors, and the docs seem to think that stable is good.  (I guess it is working albeit slowly). I realize that with...

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                  Gallbladder Cancer
                  Alternative Treatments, Cancer Nutrition, Cancer Treatments, Chemotherapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Radiation, Side Effects, Supplements, Support, Surgery

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