Topic: My father has cholangiocarcinoma
I never ever thought I'd have to say "my dad has cancer". In my family, we have heart problems. Not cancer. This is my first experience with cancer...
At the end of January my Dad, who is 58, had some routine blood work done and his liver enzymes were "off". A few days later they repeated the blood work and did a sonogram of his liver. They found a 2 inch mass on his liver. A few MRIs and CTs...and a biopsy later; it was confirmed he has cancer. We were told it was liver cancer that was contained in the tumor. We were elated - he was set to have the tumor removed via a liver resection on March 5th. The doctor did a scope immediately before the surgery and everything looked great; but when they opened him up, the doctor found a lymph node full of cancer. This was just awful news....kind of like a double whammy, you know (big surgery and he still has still cancer)? My dad now is recovering from a huge incision (that fixed nothing) and is on Monday having his port put in...to hopefully begin chemo next week. This is to treat cholangiocarcinoma; the final diagnosis after the surgeon took a look at the cancer.
This is all so surreal....I never thought I'd even have to contemplate losing my Dad at 29, let alone have to explain to my 2 and 4 year old daughters that their wonderful, loving grandfather has cancer.
That said - we are trying to stay positive. The doctor said without treatment he'd only have 3 or 4 months (which is crazy - he has NO symptoms!) but did not give a prognosis with the chemo. I guess they'll have to see if the cancer cells respond to it.
Anyway - just wanted to share. I'm hoping to learn a lot from this website.