My name is Andrew Morrow and I was told in August this year that I have cholangiocarcinoma or bile duct cancer (it's much easier to say and spell!) I was taken into hospial as I had really bad stomach pains and I turned jaundice, at this time the Doc's thought I have gall stones. After ultrasounds and MRI scans thay could not find any stones, so as I was still yellow and in pain they decided to do an ercp and put a stint in the bile duct. During the ERCP they took cell samples and they turned out to be cancer. I was they handed over to a Mr Diamond in the Mater hospital in Belfast and he carried out a Whipples procedure. My cancer had spread through the bile duct and into 1 lymph node, Mr Diamond removed 11 nodes so only 1 was infected. Thankfully the tumor was at the very bottom of the bile duct and my liver is clean. I had the op on the 2nd October and I have recovered very well. I spend less than 2 weeks in hospital. I then was sent to the Cancer centre in Belfast City Hospital were I was told the tumor was completly removed and the docters have every confidence that I will be fine. Its all down to time now to make sure it does not come back, I had very clear margins so God willing I will make a full recovery. I have been offered Chemo to mop up any lose cells and this is due to Start in the 4th December 2006, they are giving me 5FU.
I don't know too much about this illness except that its very rare, and information that I have read says that recovery is rare but I have every confidence that this cancer will not 'get' me as God has been with me every step of the way, infact because of my cancer I turned to God and committed my life to him, he has carried me every step of they way.