Topic: Cholangio Surgeons San Francisco

Hi, My mother was just dx with Cholangiocarcinoma. She has an appt with an oncologist and surgeon  in San Franncisco this week. Has anyone been to a UCSF surgeon??? She was referred to another facility/Doctors but I am thinking of taking her to UCSF for a 2nd opinion...Any comments on UCSF???

Re: Cholangio Surgeons San Francisco

Talex - UCSF is a great place to go for a second opinion.  Dr. Venook is one of the highest regarded oncologists in this field.  I am not as familiar with the surgeons, but I believe Marion will be able to help with recommendations.  She is very familiar with the UCSF system. 

Good luck - I wish your mom did not have this cancer, but we are happy that you found us.

30-something caregiver

Re: Cholangio Surgeons San Francisco

Talex....I am sorry to hear about your Mom's diagnoses but would like to welcome you to our site.  I would, as Sara had mentioned, make an appointment with Dr. Venook at UCSF.  This meeting will inform you about possible treatment protocols available to your Mom which may include, resection, chemotherapy and/or radiation or, possibly, a clinical trial currently open to bile duct cancer patients.  Due to the amount of information coming your way it might be helpful for you to take notes and/or tape the conversation.  And, please stay in touch.
Sending tons of good wishes your way,
Marion

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Re: Cholangio Surgeons San Francisco

Talex...I also would like to inform you about a clinical trial for Cyberknife radiation at UCSF.  You might want to contact Dr. Kim Huang at khuang@radonc.usf.edu for further information.  Good Luck.
Marion

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Re: Cholangio Surgeons San Francisco

My mother had all of her care at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. (We live in Napa, CA).  Her surgeon was Dr. Hasoun.  I can't express the gratitude I have for that facility and their staff.  My mother is currently in the final stages of her cancer and will start Hospice today, but I feel they did everything possible to fix this monster of a disease.  If you need more information feel free to ask.