(5 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Hi, I am new to your Forum. I want to thank everyone for taking the time to share your stories and information. You have no idea how comforting and empowering you all are!

My adventure started Jan. 11, when I got a text message from my husband saying he had made a doctor's appointment. He'd just gotten home from a business trip the night before, and I didn't know what was going on. He said he was itchy and yellow.

Four days later a CAT scan revealed his bile duct was almost totally blocked. A week after that we were inRochester, MN, discussing installing a stent and biopsing the mass. Then we were told it was a cancerous tumor wrapped around the main vein in the liver and it was not operable. A few days later, the same day my husband realized there was internal bleeding, his doctor called to tell us a different Mayo surgeon said he thought he could successfully remove the tumor.

So we went back to Rochester to treat the bleeding and have the surgery. The doctor was able to remove 99 percent of the cancer. A couple of weeks later we made our third trip to Rochester to have infections treated. We head back Monday to have the drain removed. Monday, march 18, chemo and radiation will begin at a Mayo facility a half-hour from our house. Rochester is about 2-1/2 hours away.

I have been spending my time trying to learn all I can about xeloda and radiation therapy. and this cancer I cannot spell or pronounce.

My husband is 57, and outside of this, in excellent health. He has been trying to regain strength and weight (he'd lost over 20 lbs since the first of he year). He is able to work remotely as well as going into the office, so he is keeping busy. The only symptoms were mild indigestion once every 3 weeks or so, and some fatigue and irritability, which we both thought was job related.


(6 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Hi, I am new to the board, too. We have been working with the Mayo Clinic staff in Rochester, MN, and Eau Claire,WI, since my husband first noticed issues with jaundice on Jan. 11 of this year. I cannot say enough good things about them. We were impressed with how seamlessly the digestion, surgery, and oncology departments in both cities work together. 

I was amazed at the number of people who were in Rochester for extended stays while undergoing tests and treatments. Many had traveled great distances.

If you are looking for a second opinion, I'd highly recommend them.