Bile Dict Cancer

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My brother was diagnosed with bile duct cancer 10 years ago and had the whippers procedure. It has returned and when he has been well enough he has been having chemo/immune therapy. It has not stopped the cancer spreading g quickly in his liver. The oncologist has said he has weeks/months to live. My question is what sins should o look out for he gets sicker?

  • Posted on behalf of our Cancer Information Nurse Specialists:

    Hello Jessie66.

    Thanks for getting in touch with our online community. My name is Helen and I am one of the Cancer Information Nurse Specialists on the Macmillan Support Line. I see you’ve already joined some of our forums and hope that you’ll find it a supportive environment.

    I’m sorry to hear that your brother’s cancer has returned and has spread to his liver. it’s understandable that you would want to know what signs to look out for which might indicate a deterioration in his condition.

    The symptoms associated with secondary liver cancer can vary for each person and the rate that those symptoms develop is difficult to predict. Most symptoms can be managed so it’s important to report anything Ray is experiencing to the healthcare professionals looking after him.  

    Because everyone is different, it’s not easy to say exactly what will happen when they approach the end of their life. However, in the last weeks before death, it’s common to experience certain changes.

    Likewise, each person’s experience of the last few days of life will be different. It can be difficult to know exactly what will happen, or how quickly things might change. Usually, you slowly become weaker and have very little energy. But sometimes changes happen more quickly.

    In your brothers last few weeks to days of life, he may need more help to keep him comfortable. He may need support with physical care and to manage any symptoms. We have information about what care and support is available for people with advanced cancer.

    Dying is a natural process. But few people have experience of looking after someone at the end of their life. If you are caring for a loved one, you may be anxious about looking after them at home.

    When you are supporting someone with cancer, it’s important you take time to look after yourself. Cancer Research UK have links to organisations that can support you in your caring role.

    You may also benefit from sharing your thoughts and experiences with the members of our Carers Only Discussion Forum.

    I hope this information is useful. Please don’t hesitate to call to speak through your concerns. If you are unable to call, you might consider speaking to us via webchat.

    The Macmillan Support Line offers practical, clinical, financial, and emotional support. You can call us free from landlines and from most mobile phone networks on 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm.


    Best wishes, 


    Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 

    REF: HK / GMcR