Topic: Chemo only option?
My husband Charlie (52) diagnosed 6/07 with Stage IV cholangiocarcinoma after 2 months of not feeling good, low energy, weight loss. Dr. says surgery, RFA, all the other options are NOT an option for him. (Cancer in both lobes of liver). Only way to get rid of cancer completely is with a liver transplant. Univ. Phil. Med. Center @ Pittsburgh said NO, he doesn't meet criteria for t'plant. Sending all husband's med. info. to Mayo Clinic to see about a clinical trial. I know there's no cure at this time for this cancer, but now what....feeling lost in this crazy medical maze. Any suggestions, help or info. would be greatly appreciated. We're in NC, 2 children, ages 19 and 16.
So far, Charlie's had 1 round of Gemzar (7 wks) and is doing much better. Little more energy, gained all the weight he lost back. Had 1 wk. off and just started another 7 wk round of Gemzar. CT scan showed no reduction in size of tumors in liver. It was our understanding tumor needed to reduce to be considered for t'plant. Dr. tried it, but they said no. Thanks!