Topic: Is surgery always the answer?
It is good to see so many positive people on this website. Good attitude has got to be half the battle hasn't it?
My father and brother both died of Cc (Dad 4 years ago, brother a year ago) both with cancer in the biliary tree.
Having seen some of your comments about treatment i think CC presents some really difficult choices about what to do for the best. The main point of my note is the choice of whether to have invasive surgery or not.
My father (69) decided not to have any surgery having been persuaded by doctors that it wasn't worth it... their argument being that because of the location of the cancer, trying to do a resection or transplant is not often possible or even successful. As my father had already had two colon resections (one in each of the previous decades) i can understand that he was fed up with the whole idea of more surgery...and he decided to call it a day. He lasted 18months to 2 years after that having had a couple of stents put in during that time to aleviate the jaundice, itching etc etc.
Can't say i blame him too much for this...after all he had to put up with more than most in his lifetime...though i am kind of sad that he never got to see my three children and to be honset i did harbour a little bitterness with the decision he made at the time.
My brother told me about his CC on the day of my fathers funeral (he had CC in exactly the same place) though he was aged 49 at the time. He decided to opt for surgery (which was a bit of a punt) given that he was fairly young and still had teenage daughters and maybe had more to lose than my dad.
Problem with my brothers decision was that they found they couldn't do anything for him (after they had opened him up)by way of resection or transplant and, i think this is my point, it set him back in a lot of ways. It reduced life expectancy, his quality of life and exposed him to a good deal of pain and suffering that my father avoided (more exposure to infection, pain from surgery etc etc).
All i would say is that some times no intervention is the best treatment. I know this may not sound very positive to some of you...and a few years ago i felt very differently... don't be afraid to say enough is enough.
Good luck and God Bless to all of you suffering from this very nasty illness.