Topic: Sister newly diagnosed
Hi, I am Jeff from Memphis Tennessee. My 46 y/o sister was first diagnosed with CC a little over 3 weeks ago. She is currently hospitalized and just had biliary drains put in a couple of days ago. I am not a clinician, but over the last 3 weeks I have absorbed every bit of information I can find related to this disease. My search led me to this site which has been a great source of information.
Unfortunately, my sister has the deck stacked against her. She had multiple heart attacks about 1.5 years ago while she was in the recovery room from a simple GI procedure related to chronic acid reflux. As a result she now has mitral valve damage in her heart, along with 4 stented heart vessels. Also, based on the information we have so far it appears her CC has presented at a very advanced stage. Some additional diagnostic imaging is planned for later this week, but based on the first round the results are that she has a tumor larger than 8 cm at the point of bifurcation (Klatskin tumor) and it has numerous satelite outgrowths. The doctors on her team told us this week that removal by surgery is not possible. So now we are at a major decision point. Based on her condition it is very doubtful that any transplant programs would include her in their protocols for liver transplant.
We very much believe in the power of prayer, so we are of course praying for healing. But we are also praying for knowledge to make the right decisions and strength and grace to cope with what lies ahead.