In November 2008 I underwent a modified Whipple for Cholangiocarcinoma in the proximal bile duct. My surgeon referred to the operation as a surgical cure, no nodes or other evidence of unresected tumor. I was back to work in 3 months and life was getting back to normal. No adjuvant therapy. Feb, 2010 I was dignosed with a recurrance without biopsy studies. I underwent dual chemotherapy for 6 months. At the conclusion with mounting pain I was advised that the tumor is no longer responding to chemotherapy. Therapy was stopped. I took my CT scans to another radiologist who diagnosed me with diverticulitis. I was better 2 weeks later after completing the Cipro/Flagyl drill. All was well until this past Valentines Day when I was diagnosed with recurrent adenocarcinoma, metastatic cholangiocarcinoma after a 2.0 by 1.4 cm lesion was identified on the edge of my liver by CT scanning. Biiopsy, 4 days later confirmed the diagnosis. I am faced with returning to the treatment/paliative path and have heard use of different radiation therapies being used. I am interested in pursuing an Oncologist at Hopkins to discuss this.
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