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  • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

    6 1/2 survivor of Stage 2 GBC.

    May 04 at 11:46 PM view post
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      I can relate.  That's my story.  Incidental discovery of cancer upon having my gallbladder removed.  Then underwent liver rescection and chemo.  Almost every scan showed shading in the liver adjacent to where the gallbladder had been, they believed the shading was contusions from the surgeries.  I am a 57 year old, 6 1/2 year survivor, of Stage 2 GBC at this point.  

      May 04 at 11:42 PM view post
      • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

        Still going strong!

        August 07, 2015 view post
        • RocknIraqVet has replied to a post on the message board

          Still going strong!

          August 07, 2015 view post
          • RocknIraqVet has commented on a news story

            I served in Iraq in 2004 with the Air National Guard.  I was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2012.  My Oncologist believes a wartime toxic exposure caused the cancer.

            March 16, 2015 view news story
            • 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.

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                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...

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                • 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?

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                  • 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...

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                    • 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.&...

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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. Did adjuvant chemo six cycles single agent Gencitabine- January to July 2013. Had scans every six months for two years. Am currently (2015) having blood tested every two months.

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