Thanks to all of you for your advice and support! We met with Dad's gastro doctor and heart doctor yesterday at Mayo. The gastro doctor just gave an overview of treatments - said the oncologist would tell us more on Friday. When I mentioned Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT), the doctor said it is a distinct possibility. Additionally, we learned that Dad's cancer is extrahepatic and that the last MRI showed that the organs are clear.
To clarify...Dad's heart attack occurred following the ERCP because the docs in Florida nicked him and he bled internally and they didn't know it until they went back in (post heart attack) to repair. He was in perfect health before all of this.
Dad's cardiologist met wit us and said that Dad could most likely withstand chemo and radiation drugs, but I hadn't thought of some of the things you mentioned here. After reading about the awful side effects and potential vascular problems with chemo, I'm more intrigued by the PDT and other possibilities.
I'll let you know what happens after Mom & Dad meet with the oncologist. As of now, my brother is going with them to the appointment and then as a family we'll decide how to proceed.
We are a faith-filled family and have much hope because we believe that this diagnosis has to be EARLY since none of the organs are involved. True?
Thanks again for everything.