My husband known affectionaly by most as Big Al was diagnosed on Jan 2 with Stage IV cancer of the bile ducts in the liver. His first treatment was on Jan 18th. He has taken 15 chemo treatments of gem/cisplatin. He has been doing well with the exception of some side affects: some hair lost, weight, nausea. Recently he began to retain fluid and his appetite has changed. On June 28 they drained 2 liters of ascrite fluid from his stomach however he continues to retain fluid and mostly in his feet and stomach. His liver creatine level was 2.6 on the June 21 and his doctor at the cancer center stopped his treatment. His doctor referred him to UNC Chapel Hill for maybe a clinical trial. His 1st appointment is Thursday, July 18th. I am anxious and hopefully that this appointment is favorable.