Topic: healing from liver resection?
I'm new here. This is our story:
My husband was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma early April. He's 58 and thought he might have a gall stone when he went to see his GP. At the time he was fairly healthy, and all things considered, still is. He had resection done on April 18 at Temple University Hospital. They removed his gall bladder, bile duct, and left lobe of the liver; he had positive margins. After the 12-hour surgery he spent less than 24 hours in ICU. While he was still in the hospital, they put in a drain off the newly exposed liver face. That drain and the external stent have cause repeated problems ever since. He was released April 30, but has been hospitalized 3 times since for infection.
Because he had positive margins, he needs adjunct therapy; both chemo and radiation have been recommended. He's antsy to get started, but he's got to heal from the resection before proceeding. I've been poring over this web site to see if anyone else had this experience, but there's too much to wade through and search results are mostly irrelevant. So, I thought I'd register and ask. Just how long does it take to heal from liver resection? His doctor said 6-8 wks, but it's been over 10.
Also, anyone have experience with Cyber knife radiation treatment? That's what they've recommended for my husband.