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(14 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Thank you all. Your generosity of time and spirit is amazing. I will try to get answers to the specific questions. Right now I can say that the oncology surgeon at SCCA said it was inoperable, and how many surgeons want to admit to that?? Jim is 78 but you would never guess it...always active, including now. He starts chemo tomorrow.
Thanks again to all of you.
Iris

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(14 replies, posted in General Discussion)

My husband is the patient. It started in January 2013 with jaundice.  An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography was performed, and a plastic stent was inserted. The stent opened the bile duct and the jaundice gradually subsided. In February he had a CT scan of the pancreas.  The scan was not conclusive for a pancreas diagnosis.
A consult with the team at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was conducted. Their diagnosis is Cholangiocarcinoma of the bile duct.  The team surgeon said there was no surgical option. The team medical oncologist said my husband’s options are: do nothing or do chemo. He recommended that the plastic stent be replaced with a metal one. [It has since been replaced with another plastic one.]
Further tests were conducted by SCCA: chest xray, an ultrasound and a liver biopsy. Review of these tests by the medical oncologist and the results are the same: do nothing or do chemo. The chemo recommended is Gemcitabine and Cisplatin.
We would be grateful to hear any opinions and suggestions. Thank you so much for your time.
Iris