Topic: No Treatment?
My father was dignosed with cholangiocarcinoma or pacreatic cancer.....they don't know which one as they say they can't see the pancreas that well on the images but they do know there is a tumor in the bile duct. He was jaundiced and had an ERCP with stent placement. The jaundice and itching went away but a week later he had a blockage in the intestine. He has recovered from that and they let him out of the hospital but less than a week later he has congestive heart failure and they say that the EKG shows a little heart damage since the last one. He is a type 2 diabetic, had heart valve replacement in 2002 with double bypass, has very weak kidneys and other little things that go on with him. He is 77 years old and active until a few weeks ago when they told him about cancer. They say his kidneys cannot tolerate chemo as it would take more than two weeks to expel it and it would cause more damage than it would help. No surgery because it has spread to the bone already. No biopsy can be done either so we don't know what kind or anything they just did the CA19-9 blood test and it was 590,000. I don't know what to do. Do we get a second opinion or is his health just too bad for any treatment. I haven't read on here yet of anyone that could not at least have chemo.......They have given him 6 months or less but he would rather them do SOMETHING rather than just let him lay there and die. Anyone have anyone else that has been told the same thing??? I am trying to hang on but feel helpless.....Thanks, Rita