Topic: Newly diagnosed, had whipple, awaiting chemo
I am so happy to find this discussion group that has positive outcomes and happy stories on it!
I am a 54 year old woman who had whipple surgery 4 weeks ago because of a bile duct stricture that turned out to be cholangiocarcinoma. There was no liver involvement but the 2 cm tumor that was in my bile duct 'poked' into the top of my pancreas. There was no lymph node involvement and they staged the cancer at 1B. The surgeon feels he got all of it.
I met with my oncologist this morning and he gave me three options: no further treatment, chemo only, or chemo and radiation. This is to reduce the chance of recurrence. He had no statistics to share since this is so "rare' which really wasn't very comforting.
Has anyone been in this position? I am meeting again with the oncologist in two weeks since I am still recovering from surgery, so I have a few weeks to make a decision.
Any input is greatly appreciated?
My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based only on my personal experience as a cancer survivor. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.