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Thanks Jeff for the reply. Our situation has worsened.  On Friday the oncologist called and told us it was really bad that it was in many many lymph nodes.  Lymph nodes surrounding the vena cava, the abdomen, the liver, the stomach pretty much in the lymphatic system. They are having us see another oncologist at the Markey Cancer Center here in Lexington.  They basically said they can either switch to about 3 types of chemo to use together which is very strong and will probably make him really sick or we can focus on quality and pain management. We are waiting to here when we see this doctor.  My stepdad is very faiothful and says he will not give up.  He has an incredible attitude.  I hope for the best and know that God can perform miracles.  I have seen a lot of those on this site.  Any help or suggestions from experiences would be greatly appreciated.  God Bless

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Hi my name is Sherri and my step father was diagnosed with CC back in October which they actually removed 60% of his liver and 2 lymph nodes and told us they removed all signs of cancer. They put him on chemo 1 time weekly for 3 weeks and then off one just for a preventative.  About 5 weeks ago they did a CT scan and it showed 3 lymph nodes that were inflamed and thought it could just be inflammation from the surgery and wanted to continure with the chemo and repeat the scan in a few weeks.  They have now said that his cancer has recurred and they need to change his chemo.  He was suppose to have a treatment today and they didn't give him one.  I don't really know what is going on and am really confused.  I lost my dad, father n law, sisiter n law, and grandmother and I don't think my mom can handle losing someone again.  You have to understand my step dad was very outgoing, active loves playing golf.  He just got sick all at once.  Lost about 40 lbs. couldn't eat and his side hurt.  We went to his family doc and they said there was something definitely going on with the liver mabe an infection.  They ran so many tests and then the oncologist basically said he had  cancer of an unknown origin that had spread to his liver and probably only had a few months to live.  He did send us to a surgeon t look at the situation adn then after more tests they found the tumor was attached to the vena cava and sent us on to another doc in Louisville, KY who had come from Sloan Kettering. He did a pet and Ct scan and said the cancer was liver cancer and was contained and he could remove it. He sent him home for a few weeks to basically get a little stonger and gain  a few pounds.  He had the surgery the first of Oct and it went really well up until now.  We haven't seen his surgeon yet just the doc who first told us it was inoperable and only a few months to live.  We don'know what stage or anything that is going on?  I am just really confused and feel really helpless. If anyone has any direction or adivse it would be greatly appreciated.