Topic: Second opininions
My girlfriend who is 68 but looks 49 was admitted to the hospital
on July 3rd with jaundice and itching. She thought
that it could be hepatitis, but MRI's indicated a bile duct
mass. When I did a google search cholangiocarcinoma was
the first thing that came up, and as most of you already know
it has been like a surreal nightmare ever since.
She lives on the Jersey shore and with all due respect the
hospital she went to and the people that saw her screwed around
for about a week before thaey attempted to do a stent, then another two weeks before she was referrred to
Cooper Hospital in Camden. They attempted several
other procedures to get her drained of the bilirubin and last
week-end discharged her telling her friends and family that
she was unresectable and had 2 or three months to live.
After two days at home she became dehydrated and sick and
went back to the Shore Regional at which time
she was transferred to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in
Philadelphia, which is her home town.
What a difference in attitude and care. This insidious dreaded
disease is so rare that not that many people are willing to make
any kind of positive commitment and diagnosis.
Saturday Dr. Jeffrey Drebin came in and said that there is
a possibility that this Klatskin tumor can be resectred if
one of the lobes is clear and it appears that the tumor is growing
down (sometimes that turn around and grow up) and if there is
any way possible he will have it removed.
I think there is only probably 20 surgeons that would do this
operation of which 10 are probably excellant. What a difference
by going accross the Delaware River. From the Grim Reaper to
Cautious Optimism. Always get second opininions. Don't
hope for miracles expect them.