Topic: Dumb question
Today when we were talking to the surgeon about surgical options for my mom, he said that surgery was not possible because of the tumor having wrapped the portal vein and hepatic artery. Now when I asked whether it would help to surgically remove as much of the tumor as possible so that radiation/chemo could work on the rest, he said that it was useless.
I am sure he is right, but why is it so? Doesn't it help to surgically reduce the size of the tumor so that radiation/chemo has "less work to do"?