Hello everyone!! My name is Kate, and I have joined this site because my Mother has been diagnosed with a Klatskin Tumour, so I am hungry for information on the subject!
I actually live in West Sussex UK (I note that there is another lady on this site who lives in my area)!
The difficulty I am dealing with is that my Mother lives in Greece!! She is currently in Patras University Hospital, Rion, on the Pelloponese. So I am dealing with Greek Doctors, who, whilst very nice and capable I'm sure, are not exactly tripping over themselves to give me information!! I am assured her Doctor is one of the best in this field in Greece, a certain Dr.Karavias, who seems very nice!!
Anyway, she was diagnosed acouple of weeks back...usual thing....jaundice was the first indication that something was amiss. I think the first signs were end of March, so I guess all in all diagnosis has been fairly swift.
Just over a week ago she had some kind of stent inserted to unblock the bile duct, to relieve the jaundice. It is slowing going, she's not quite as yellow as she was when I first arrived here!!
The Doctor seems to be fairly confident that he can remove the tumour. I have no idea how big it is, although I seem to remember 2-3cm being mentioned. And I think she was told it hadn't spread to the lymph nodes etc. Does any of this make sense?
So, just waiting really, for the big op.
My Mother incidently, is calm and collected, and insists it has nothing to do with being brave. She says she has had a good life, and is not afraid to die!! Amazing woman my Mother!! She has lived here 17 years, and seems to have adopted the Greek mentality....whatvever the Doctor says or DOESN'T say is just fine.....she has no desire for masses of info, it's me that wants to know every tiny detail!!