Topic: New Member, Mary of Los Gatos
We've had an amazing journey starting March 22 of this year and we know it is not over. The basics are that my 62 year old wife had symptoms we thought were flu until she turned jaundiced at the end of the first week.
It then took five weeks, four ERCPs, three GI Specialists, two hospitals and one surgery to confirm the diagnosis of CC. Two weeks after the path report from the laparoscopic gall bladder removal (first surgery) confirmed CC, Mary had a hepatic trisegmentectomy where they removed 78% of her liver and performed a Roux en Y to connect her intestine to her remaining liver (left lobe).
Both the laparoscopic gall bladder and the hepatic trisegmentectomy were done by Dr. Brendan C Visser of Stanford Hospital and Cancer Center in Palo Alto CA.
The path report from the May 11 surgery confirmed CC Stage T3 exhibited as klatskins and confirmed the common bile duct, hepatic duct and right hepatic duct were cancerous. They also reported the removed left hepatic duct did not exhibit adequate margins.
Mary was discharged last Saturday and our first follow up visit is Friday morning. Dr. Visser placed fiducials (gold drops) in anticipation of radiation treatment, presumably cyberknife but I won't know that until after our morning appointment.
The whole story is on our website and blog. I understand you can click on the "website" link to the left to read all the details.
Pat of Los Gatos