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(8 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Thanks so much everyone for quick responses to my introduction.  I have been on other sites and I have hardly gotten any response.  I have a wonderful family that have kept me encouraged along the way.  I have a loving wife and three children who are married and five grandchildren.  Peggy mentioned Dr. Reid Adams at UVA.  He was my surgeon and I was real pleased with him.  I just wish I could have gotten the larger tumor out.  Before surgery I was on Gem/Cis and that stuff liked to have killed me.  I truly thought that if this was the way the rest of my life was to be let's just get it over with.  The Xeloda/Gemzar is better, but I still have my days.  My oncologist keeps mentioning a break, but I have not seen one yet.  I guess I'm supposed to ask for it?  I have been planning weekend getaways on my off Chemo weeks, but I'm still tired.  My wife and I are seeing the things that we never got to before.  Time seems much more precious.  We have been married nearly 40 yrs, but we are closer now than ever.  Thanks again for your comments, thoughts and prayers.

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(8 replies, posted in Introductions!)

I am new to this site, but not new to the Bile Duct Cancer.  I was diagnosed on Jan 11, 2011.  I started out with Chemo to try and decrease the tumor size.  It is a 7.0cm x 7.2cm on the right side of my liver.  The chemo did not shrink it any, so I went into surgery at UVA hospital thinking it would be removed.  Upon waking up from surgery I found out that the surgeon had found more cancer on the left side of the liver and decided not to remove any.  Now I am back on the chemo, Gemzar and Xeloda to hopefully control the tumor from growing larger.  I have several small nodules of cancer in both sides of my lungs.  I continue to work as much as I can.  I find this site to be very helpful and can relate to what other folks are going through.