Hello, everyone. My name is DavidH and my wife was diagnosed with CC on Jan 1, 2006 , with a Klatzkins tumor and constriction of the bile ducts, plus an almost 7 Cm by 7 Cm metastasis in the right lobe of the liver. Thanks to a very determined wife who will not allow a doctor to even speak a prognosis in her presence, a lot of Prayer, some open-minded and helpful doctors, and an Angel on another website who led us to a GI Oncologist who gave us hope and her treatment regimen, she is doing exceptionally well at this time. Basically 10 months of Gemzar and Oxaliplatin every two weeks has shrunken the metastasis to 2.3 Cm and it is now believed to be resectable. Also, the GI doctor who has performed her bile duct stent placements (she has one in each duct, both plastic at our request, being replaced every 2 to 4 months by ERCP) says the stents are inserting easier, making us feel the bile duct tumor is also shrinking. She has tolerated the Chemo unbelievably well, having only minor neuropathy after all this time. We know there is much more work ahead, but we can only move forward a step at a time as all of you are, and pray for the best.
In order to learn all I can, I have been reading as many of the members messages I could in the past 2 months before registering today. I now have a question I hope someone can help me with since my wife is looking at surgery soon. Peter, I have read of the experiences both you and Marions' husband had at the Lahey Clinic, and both sound impressive. I have also seen many mentions of M D Anderson's team, but no personal experiences listed with them on this type surgery. Can anyone provide any, because we are in the Southwest and closer to Anderson. Also, any other suggestions?
Let me apologize in advance if I do not respond quickly. I do not have a computer at home so must use my daughter's when it is free from her work, something I hope to rectify soon. In closing, my best wishes and prayers for you all, and Thank the Lord for this website.