Topic: My Mom's Progress
My mom was diagnosed with cholangio Nov. 2004 at the age of 67. She went to MD Anderson Jan. 2005 and started chemo shortly after in her hometown of Santa Cruz, CA. She completed 12 rounds of gemcitabine and cystplatin. The tumor shrunk after the 1st 4 treatments and then stabilized for the next 8 treatments. I researched cyberknife at Stanford and asked Dr. Thomas at MD Anderson about this procedure. She thought my mom was a good candidate so she went to Stanford.
Unfortunately, my mom's cyberknife procedure was called off on the day of the procedure (10/21) because the Radiation Oncologist (Dr. Koong) could only get 92% of the tumor. He recommended Trilogy radiation which my mom just completed last month. She underwent 33 treatments every day for 7 weeks. She did great and continues to feel good. My mom hasn't had any symptons from the disease after her bile duct was re-routed Nov. 2004 (when the cholangio was determined). My mom is scheduled for a PET scan on 2/24 and then will meet with Dr. Goodman (Dr. Koong is on a sabatical) on 2/28. I will be with my mom at the appointment and will update this website when I return.