Topic: Inoperable tumor in the bile duct
Hello everyone. My dad has been consulting with his PCP, a gastro specialist, and now an oncology surgeon for the past month. He presented with jaundice on May 19, 2011, and has had an ERCP, MRCP, and CT scan. The surgeon at University of Chicago has not yet had an opportunity to present my dad's case to the tumor board, but is saying that this tumor is likely unresectable.
As you can imagine, we are devastated by this news, but I am trying to keep in high spirits so my dad does not get defeated by this disease.
As of right now, the surgeon is ordering another ERCP to get a biopsy to confirm that this is cancer, but everybody is treating it as CC. My dad is 59, with diabetes, but is otherwise quite strong. This morning he had abdominal pains and does not want to eat today, but I told him that he has to! Once they can confirm what type of tumor it is, they can put together some treatment options for him.
Right now, I'm wondering if anybody has had any success recently with Cyberknife? The tumor has invaded his portal vein and is about 4.5 cm.
What should I expect? How is this cancer going to affect my dad? Now that surgery has been ruled out, my biggest concern is making sure that my dad does not have too much pain as he fights this. AND WE WILL FIGHT IT.
I have an 18-month-old son at home, and he lights up whenever he sees his grandfather. I truly believe that my dad was born to be Carter's grandfather, and I just can't imagine that he won't be around to see him grow up...
Thanks for letting me share,