Dear Ehebeler, I am sorry to hear about your Mom's sudden diagnosis, I know how hard it is. I am near your age & Dad was diagnosed in Nov., with the same prognosis. We too were told that radiation & resection were not options, only chemo.... in fact the original prognosis was not even for chemo- Dad was told to go seek out experimental treatment as the chemo would likely not work either. From there, we located a half dozen leading cc docs. from across the country for second opinions. We called the offices & spoke with either the docs or their secretaries & they agreed to look at Dad's scans & paperwork. We had the hospital put this stuff together and FedEx it out for overnight delivery (this way there is a tracking number). Because the imagery can't be sent in digitial format online, due to resolution issues, it must be uploaded by the hospital to a CD- hence the need for FedEx. After a day or 2, I'd call the offices to ensure that the packages arrived OK & to find out the Doc's opinions. The institutions were very amicable to this. 95% of the docs said that chemo was the only option due to the size & proximity of the tumor to a major vessel. However, Dad secured a team at the Robert Packer in Sayre PA that said they'd attempt resection if they could shrink it via radiation & the radiation is due to start next week. He's been on chemo since Nov.
I can provide you with contact information for specific principals at Duke, Sloan Kettering, Fox Chase, the National Institute of Health (NIH), Roswell, the Mayo Clinic, Roswell, Wake Oncology, & the Guthrie- if you should want to follow up with any of these. If you're interested, click on my name & drop me a note offline, so that I can respond to the e-mail with an attachment of contact documentation.
You and your Mom are in our thoughts.