Like Gavin's dad, I immediately experienced jaundice and constant stomach dull pain in early April this year. I checked myself into MD Anderson of Orlando and was told that I had a bile duct blockage; they were unsuccessful in placing a stent thru the blockage which is why I ended up in MD Anderson Houston (better hospital & doctors). After placing the stent in and doing a biopsy of tumor in my stomach lining, Dr. Vaunthey of MD Anderdon (im sure you saw him too) said that the cancer was inoperable and chemo was best course of action.
I did see Dr. Rosenburgy, GI oncology surgeon in Tampa, this past Friday for 2nd opinion, and he gave same recommendation; do the chemo. I did ask him about any possible radiation treatments and his response was that the tumors in my stomach lining can't be treated with radiation (he said radiating stomach lining is not straightforward like breast cancers or lungs) . I'm still going to Mayo clinic anyways this upcoming Friday for 2nd opinion. I called Mayo clinic on May 3rd for appointment and they scheduled me on 17th (2 weeks), which is why I went ahead and started chemo, I didn't want to keep waiting around.
Feel free to ask more questions at anytime,