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(13 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Hi Jemima, it really is a small world! My father in law is now out of Morriston hospital. They have put in the metal stent and he is now on  a two week course of anitibiotics. He is very weak, but in good spirits at the moment and starting to eat a little better. He is also under Mr O' Riordan at Carmarthen and he is being referred back to them now to see if Chemo will shrink the tumor to enable them to insert any future stents more easily. It seems everyone keeps telling us how seriously ill he is and that he could deteriorate at any moment and will eventually lose is battle because of infection.

Hope your Mum is doing well. We may just bump into you at the hopsital some time.

Take care

Alison

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(13 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Hi Jemima, we are also in Wales! My father in law is in Morriston hospital at the moment but was originally diagnosed and the first stent was put in in Carmarthen hospital. It was there that we were told his cancer is inoperable and his liver scans were the worst they've ever seen, hence the prognosis of 6 to 9 months.
I went to see him yesterday and he says it was his first pain and fever free day for 13 days, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that the infection is now being beaten. they have told us that he should be out next tuesday or wednesday if he remains well until then.

Marion, I have been assured that a culture was grown of the infection ( although nonone seems to be able to tell me exactly what it is) and the right antibiotics have been given on the advice of the microbiologist. I am advised that they are giving him a very strong penecillin.

It was encouraging to read that some people have outlived their prognosis by a long stretch and hopefully this will be the case with my father in law. Until his diagnosis he was a very fit and active man, who even when he was jaundiced walked two miles with us on New Years Day! He does however have the added complication of a heart problem, for which he was due to have a heart bypass just before Christmas. It was during the routine pre op blood tests that the problem with his bile duct was discovered. before this he had no idea that he had cancer.

Thank you again everyone for your responses. It helps to be able to speak to others who are in the same situation as us.

Alison

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(13 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Thank you every one for your messages of support and information. my fahter in law ( my husband wrote the first message) is being treated in a hopsital in the uk. He is 77 years old and  had his stent replaced today. it was a long operation and at first they thought they wouldn't be able to put one in as the duct is now so narrow. We are waiting to speak to his consultant to know what to expect next. What we can't understand is that he has been on very strong intravenous antibiotics for nearly 2 weeks now and he still has a very high temperature and is feeling very ill ( sick and generally unwell).  we're hoping things will now improve with a new metal stent in place.

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(7 replies, posted in Introductions!)

My Dad was sadly diagnosed just 3 weeks ago with cancer of the bile duct. He was taken into hospital last week and it transpitres he has an infection, which they believe is as a result of the plastic stent they inserted into his bile duct. It has now been removed. They are to insert another stent this week. His temperature is going up and down, he feels terribly nauseaus and generally rotten at times. He has not got much of an appetite as he feels full all the time, and struggles to eat much.

His prognosis is only 6-9 months as it is inoperable and I don't think he will have chemo as they seem to think it wont make much difference to his longeivity.

Are the above symptoms, conditions what we can expect now? This is all new to us as a family and having sort of come to terms with the heartbreaking news we are now hungry for information so as to help manage ours, our childrens and the grandchildrens expectations etc.

If someone could help shed some light we would be hugely grateful!

Thank you

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(13 replies, posted in General Discussion)

My Dad was sadly diagnosed just 3 weeks ago with cancer of the bile duct. He was taken into hospital last week and it transpitres he has an infection, which they believe is as a result of the plastic stent they inserted into his bile duct. It has now been removed. They are to insert another stent this week. His temperature is going up and down, he feels terribly nauseaus and generally rotten at times. He has not got much of an appetite as he feels full all the time, and struggles to eat much.

His prognosis is only 6-9 months as it is inoperable and I don't think he will have chemo as they seem to think it wont make much difference to his longeivity.

Are the above symptoms, conditions what we can expect now? This is all new to us as a family and having sort of come to terms with the heartbreaking news we are now hungry for information so as to help manage ours, our childrens and the grandchildrens expectations etc.

If someone could help shed some light we would be hugely grateful!

Thank you