Topic: New to the board
Hi. I found this site as I searched for more information on this disease. My father was diagnosed (sort of) in November-- I say sort of because he went through several rounds of "you have a malignancy", "you do NOT have a malignancy" before they finally decided that he did indeed. He underwent surgery last week and is home to finish his recovery before starting chemo--in a few weeks. He came through the surgery amazingly well with only a few bumps in the rode (a spike in fever that was quickly dealt with; a bad reaction to the antibiotic on the last dose).
We were told that they removed his bile duct and that the biopsy they did during surgery indicated microscopic cancerous cells in the liver. They did remove some lymph nodes but we don't have any final pathology report at this time.
Upon his release from the hospital (he was treated at University of Pittsbugh Medical Center) the doctor told him that he was very certain that chemo and radiation should kill the cancer cells. they did not "assign" a stage or grade/level to my dad's diagnosis.
As I read this board and other websites-- I am afraid that it isn't quite that simple. Several sites indicate that most people with CC live only a year. I want to feel good about his prognosos but worry that we should be more aggressive in pursuing other opinions.
Any insight or information would certainly be appreciated. Thanks.