My husband goes to Cancer Care Northwest in Spokane, but has also been seen at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance last Sept. SCCA is an alliance of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, the Univ of Wash and Children's Hospital. We got on the SCCA list because I original contacted Memorial Sloan Kettering in NY (?) because MSK showed up on my online search for drs specializing in unknown primary. When MSK rep called, she said Seattle CCA is the same kind of facility, a "comprehensive" cancer care group which means they have a research hospital alliance. Also we had an appointment set up with MD Anderson in Houston, but as it turned out, Seattle could get Tom in first.
The surgeon who finally operated on my husband was Dr. Holbrook at Cancer Care NW. He is top notch for liver and surrounding areas. He was willing to give my hub a try when others had said he was inoperable.
There are a lot of great people out there; all the oncologists we've met are candid and skilled, but their opionions on exactly what to do next can vary. Good that your dad has you to do the research...I was the researcher at our house. What I do find is that you need to figure out what are the questions that need asking, get 2 -3 expert opinions, and then look for the commonalities. Also depends on your dad's ability/ willingness to travel and his philosophy of how to deal with all this. Allow yourself a certain amount of time to investigate and talk to drs, then give yourself rest and do something you enjoy for yourself. I had myself into hysterics at one point, over a phone call I missed...felt as if my husband's life was in my hands. Everything worked out OK & we got our questions answered enough to proceed.