Forgot to mention that the surgery is supposed to be to remove the tumor from the bile duct.  They can not see any spots anywhere else.

I have taken a look around this board and it seems to be a wonderful and hopeful place. I hope someone here can answer a couple of questions for me.  My dear step-dad developed the symptoms of a blocked liver.  A tumor was seen on his cat scan in his bile duct.  He ended up having a stint put in.  He has been recovering pretty nicely. He went to Cleveland Clinic and the doctor was pretty negative, IMO.  Before Cleveland Clinic, the local doctors seemed pretty upbeat about the cat scan and said the biopsies came back as benign.  To make a long story very short, they had my step-dad's records mixed up with someone else with the same first name. (My mom didn't things sounded right so she kept pushing until the mystery was solved) We all breathed a sigh of relief.  Fast forward to today when they took the real records back to Cleve Clinic and the doctor once again met with him and was just as negative as before! He said (again), that if it looked like cancer when he got in there day after tomorrow--he would just "sew him back up".  Is this typical to be talked to in this way and be given so little hope at this stage in the game?  My step-dad (a purple heart vet--one of the bravest men I have ever met) is just so broken by the way this surgeon keeps giving him so little hope.   Please tell me if this is on track for what is happening or if we should fire this guy NOW and switch to MD Anderson or some other place and doctor.  Sorry to be so brief but I am late getting my kids to an event. 

Thanks for any and all help and advice!  God bless you all!