Hi Laura, Sorry to hear about your Dad. Cholangiocarcinoma to put it mildly is a very terrible type of cancer and is considered not curable but is treatable with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and other methods to include herbal treatments. Unfortunately there is no case that is the same with the same results. A lot of factors come in to play i.e. location of cancer, is it resectable, how advance when it was found, how you respond to different treatments, is it in more than one location. The list goes on. Not knowing any specifics I can't really give much advice right now except I believe and have hope that a cure will be found soon. There is a lot of research going on. Laura, cholangiocarcinoma can be of a low grade or high grade type. Those people with high grade usually don't do very well and succumb to this horrible disease in a relatively short time. What is a short time? Is again an individual thing taking in all the factors involved. People from time of diagnosis have lived a few weeks , months, even years, it is so individualized. I will say and have learned not to take the standard statement that some doctors say 6 -12 months. A positive attitude and a willingness to fight and be open to trying new treatments is one way to look at it. Some people are so advanced with the disease and choose no treatments and just recieve pallative care. Myself, I've had surgeries, radiation, and several types of chemotherapy. I have fought this monster for over 8 years and still pushing. It comes down to an individual choice of quality versus quanity of life. Some can deal with side effects better than others. I believe in getting second opinions when it comes to surgery as if resection /removal of the cancer can be provided considerable more time is the outcome. The thing is cholangiocarcinoma is considered a systemic cancer and can float around and pop up almost anywhere at any time. Laura, Fell free to look through this site as there are many people who have and are trying different treatments and there has been some successes. Fell free to ask what ever question you may have.
Love, Support, and just being there is what your Dad needs now.
God Bless you and your Dad and hope you have positive times ahead as it can be a roller coaster at times.
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