Hi Lainy,
I thought I would write and give you an update.  My mother in laws doctor is Dr. Koep.  She's out of the hospital now.  The removed her bile bag and put in a stent.  We're hoping that she'll be able to travel back home in about two weeks.  She needs to find a good Oncologist in the Virginia Beach, VA area.  She isn't sure if she's having Chemo and radiation or what the plan is going to be.  Thank you so much for all of your kindness.  It's great to know that I have a contact out in Phoenix now "just in case."  It makes me feel better if anything so I really appreciate everything.  I hope you are doing well.  Remember, one day at a time.

Hello everyone,
I was hoping that someone could answer a few questions for me.  My mother in law was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma about a month ago.  Unfortunately they are currently living far away from everyone in the family, so we're trying to get information about her condition but are being kept in the dark.  We're basically trying to figure out what stage she's in by piecing together information. 

They scheduled her to have the whipple surgery, and then they ended up not performing the procedure.  They opened her up and saw nodules on her stomach.  From what I have been able to gather, she has a small spot of cancer on her stomach, and a small spot on her liver.  The cancer is bile duct cancer, and she currently has a bag outside her body to collect her bile.  Does this sound like a Stage IV?

My heart goes out to all of you that are battling or taking care of someone.  Keep your faith in God.