Hi Everyone, and thanks for providing a place to learn more and share information and hope.
My sister was diagnosed in November 2012 and will start chemo next week in Chicago at the cancer treatment center. We are from Central PA.
She has been getting stents put in for over two years now at our local hospital, every few months, to hold open her bile ducts. They did cytology brushings each time and we were told they were fine. In August after yet another replacement, CT scan and brushing, they had "suspicions", so scheduled her to have partial liver removal in November, and possible gallbladder removal.
When they got in there, gallbladder was gangrenous, lymph nodes were positive for cancer, and there was no way to resect liver. They removed the gallblader, took biopsies, and stitched her back up.
We are horrified to know that she is already so far down the path when she has been going through tests so regularly.
She is 48.
I'm hoping to learn more about what to expect and what I can do to help her at this point.