Feeling fatigued and experiencing digestive problems in August, Shirley's doctors decided to remove her gallbladder. When the gallbladder was removed surgically in early September, it was discovered that Shirley had "porcelain gallbladder" as well as a common bile duct (CBD) blockage. Since then, we have been bombarded by a series of complications and revelations, including gallbladder cancer.
During her surgery, the surgeon noted what appeared to be cancerous growth surrounding the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. Following the surgery, Shirley suffered from pneumonia, shingles, and pancreatitis, delaying her recovery and clouding the imaging results aiming to determine the extent of the cancer. Eventually, PET scan results showed no pervasive spread of the cancer. This news meant we could move forward with the stent in the bile duct and chemotherapy.
Unfortunately, none of this seemed to completely resolve the CBD blockage. Before the stents could be placed, Shirley became severely jaundiced. The procedure to place the stent was moved up, and on October 19th, two stents were placed endoscopically. Doctors performing this discovered a tumor in the CBD which they attempted to clear. The stents were placed successfully, and once again her test results seemed to indicate that the block was cleared. Chemotherapy was scheduled to begin on November 7th.
The pain has not resolved, though, and on November 1st Shirley had a Celiac Plexus Block to see if that would help.
Before chemotherapy treatment began, tests again showed indications that the CBD blockage has not been completely resolved, so chemotherapy has been delayed.
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