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(5 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Thank you for the warm responses.
Our second oncologist is Dr. Tolcher at START (South Texas Accelerated Research Therapies) in San Antonio.  He is the top physician there.  This facility has an integrated spa, nutritional counseling and genetics lab (OncoPath)  They conduct phase I clinical trials.
We have been enrolled in a study for the cardiac effects of tivantinib. He will be given a three-week course with numerous EKG tests.  Following that, my dad will get a combination of tivantinib with gemzar for two months.  We are currently in a holding pattern to align his other medications with the study, change some and allow the Gem/Cis to exit.  They also found a bile duct obstruction and will have a stent inserted this week.
Tivantinib is ora, while Gemzar is a once-weekly infusion.
We can only go forward and your blog is very helpful and hopeful.
Cheers,
SBM

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(5 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Hello,
My dad is diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma with metastisis to lungs and liver.  He was not able to have surgery.  He has been through one course of gemzar/cisplatin and, while the current tumors stayed almost the same size, new ones appeared in his lungs and pelvis.  We are on our way to a new physician who participates in phase I clinical trials located in San Antonio.  This site has helped me keep my emotions afloat with some hope that we can maximize our family time together.  Thank you to all who support this blog.
SBM