Topic: Klatskin Tumor

My wife Dawn (47) was just diagnosed with bile duct cancer. She had a sucessful liver resection done on 1/12/06 at Rush university Hospital in Chicago. We are searching for possible treatments as the prognosis is for return of the cancer and 3 to 5 years survivability.

Re: Klatskin Tumor

So glad your wife is doing good. My husband had  a Whipple surgery OCt 3rd. Still recovering.
We were told that the survivalability was 40% when diagnosed cancer free after the Whipple.  Where did you hear that it would return in 3 -5 years?  We understood that was mostly if it had gone to other organs...

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Re: Klatskin Tumor

This came from the surgeon. We will be talking to an oncologist to see what future options we have. From what I have read about klatskin tumors, they are very persistant.

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i think it is very hard to live with the uncertainty that we are faced with - my dad had a resection and they now have found some enlarged lymph nodes - they think it is due to infection but they don't know, i think he will have some more tests.  before the op my dad was told that he had a 50% chance of being cured and a 50% chance that the cancer could come back 2-3 yrs down the line.  The surgeon told us that he had just discharged a patient from his 'books' who was 10 yrs post op after this kind of surgery! - i think they just don't know what the chances are.  it is very hard to live with though.  you want to hear that you are cancer free and that is the end of it, in truth i know that that is not the reality, however i hold onto the fact that advances in tackling cancer have meant that patients can live with this dreadful disease for years, that it can be managed and controlled like a chronic disease eg diabetes.  i think we have to just try to make the most of the time we have, but it is hard i know.  right now i feel a mixture of emotions, i'm scared and angry at this illness.  I want my dad to fight it and win.

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I appreciate you thoughts and feelings about this disease. I am having those same feelings anger and dispare. This all happened so quickly, late in November she began to itch all over her body. We thought it was an allergy of some sort. Four years ago, my wife had a successful kidney transplant and her health had been good. Now this insidious disease shows up. I am thankful to have found this forum, and vow to share any encouraging information we can find.