Thank you all so much! It is most encouraging to hear from others who have had to travel on this precarious path, and I am sincerely grateful for you taking the time to respond.

We don't think we should take the time to find another doctor, as I have read that CC is an aggressive cancer and it has already been 76 days since his symptoms presented. Dr. Cole is the surgical oncologist that will perform the surgery, and he is head of the dept. at MUSC with 18 years experience, so we feel comfortable with his level of experience.

I will definitely ask about the lidocaine ball - that sounds like a possible solution. The meds he had before were morphine and dilaudid; the hallucinations from dilaudid were not as bad as from the morphine.  We talked with the doctor about this already, and he said they may use an epidural for the first three days, as he thought that would be better than IV injections.

This still seems so surreal - he appears to be in perfect health, has a great appetite, is regaining the weight he lost during the jaundice episode, and he has no pain at all. And yet they told us that even if it is benign, the same procedure must be done, as this is the only way to know for sure.

We want to travel and visit with all our family over the next 18 days - we have 6 children, 20 grands and great-grands, as well as 8 siblings and their families, so it will take some time to visit all of them. Our only concern with traveling is that we feel like we are sitting on a time bomb, and he may wake up tomorrow and be extremely sick. Do symptoms begin that quickly, or do they come on gradually?

Again, thank you all for your comforting words - we were so encouraged to read all your stories - especially that surgery gave Teddy 5 more years, and we would be so grateful if God allowed us that much more time! We will be praying for all of you! Patti

Hello, everyone! Sorry that I found it necessary to discover this sight, but thankful to find others from whom we can gain valuable information . My dear husband, age 78, has been told by the doctors they think he has bile-duct cancer. I am not as knowledgeable as many of you, so I can't share much about the statistics. He presented with jaundice on April 28, and since then has had 2 ERCP's and 2 EUS's, but they still do not find definite malignancy.  They find atypical cells that are suspicious, but nothing definite. The stent resolved his jaundice and he feels better than he has in months. No health problems, and he takes no medications - he is very active and people don't ever think he is over 70.

The doctors have recommended the Whipple surgery, scheduled for Aug 1 at the Medical University of SC in Charleston. We realize that IF it is cancer, then surgery is his only chance of completely removing it, but they are not sure. He is reluctant to undergo such extensive and dangerous surgery without a definite diagnosis. Do any of you have any recommendations on any other possible solutions? Did anyone proceed with surgery without knowing for sure they had cancer?

They have told us the suspicious area is at the head of the pancreas, in the distal region, and the plan is to remove half the pancreas, the bile duct, the duodenum and the upper part of the colon. He does not tolerate IV pain medication at all - it causes horrible hallucinations, which we learned after his gallbladder surgery 4 years ago, and he is very anxious about how long he will have to be on the pain medications.

He refused the surgery at first, but our research indicates that the cancer side effects will be much worse that recovering from surgery. Do you agree with this? After much prayer and discussion, he decided to go ahead and have them schedule the surgery, but I am not sure he will go through with it. I have not had time to look much at this forum, so if this has been addressed previously, I apologize.

God bless all of you - I realize that all of you here are suffering through the same things we are only beginning to experience. Thank you!
Patti