Topic: 44YO single mom recently diagnosed
Hi all - as my subject line says, I'm a 44 year-old single mom of three, dx in August. I have a 3" x 2" intrahepatic tumor. I first noticed something wasn't right when I was on vacation in mid-July. By late July, I was getting very fatigued and had some stomach pains. By early August, I had very dark urine and itched all over.
Using the self-diagnostic tools on WebMD, I decided I had hepatitis. Friends, do not play doctor at home.
I actually did go to the doctor, and when the Hep test came back negative, my doctor ordered an ultrasound. The technician found a mass, so the next day I had an MRC. A couple of days later I had a CT Scan.
I am very fortunate to live in the Seattle area, which is on the forefront of fighting cancer. My family doctor referred me to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. An oncologist there, Dr. Philip Gold, referred me to a surgeon who examined the films and decided that the tumor was unresectable at this time.
So in a couple of weeks, I am going to start chemoradiotherapy to shrink the tumor. After 4-6 weeks, I'll have another CT Scan to see if the tumor has shrunk enough for resectability.
Now, I'm scared because everything I read about CC mentions its high mortality rate. I have three kids, ages 14, 19, and 20 who really need me. I've been a single mom for 13 years. Their dad has not been involved in their lives all this time. I have bills to pay and a mortgage. I need to work! I can't afford to die!
Is there any hope with this disease?