Topic: We're Moving
My husband has been treated with chemotherapy for the past 6 months here in Columbia but we have sold our house and on Monday are moving to Pennsylvania.
Back to hometown where family (fantastic support system) is. It is 2 hrs. from Pittsburgh. This past week, I called UPMC liver cancer center to find a new doc. After giving info. regarding Chris's diagnosis and treatment so far, the director told me that I had called a surgical oncology office and that she would give me the name of a medical oncologist. I did some research and called a different one because going by the bio of that doc I couldn't see that he had any special interest in biliary cancers, the other one does. We have an appt. with him on Friday. My question is this--is the route to a surgical oncologist always through a medical oncologist? Or is there a way around that? Should we even want to? I've read about some seriously aggressive surgery for cancer in Pgh. meaning resection, debulking of metastasis, and hyperthermic chemotherapy (intraperitoneal) during surgery. I am finding it difficult to discover what kind of results they are achieving.
I find I am very conflicted about going "there". Both my husband and I are nurses with ICU experience and have seen too much probably. When there are complications, not only do you end up with a shorter life, but a hellish death to go with it. He says the prospect of that terrifies him (terrifies me too) Says he wants to spend his days fishing and enjoying things to the extent he can.
But I'm probably putting the cart before the horse, we've seen no doctor as yet that has said there was any surgical option at all.
Another thing that gives me pause is that I have only seen one person post on this website that their family member was scheduled for this type of surgery for stage IV CC, but they never posted after that how it went and the outcome. I don't know, it's hard to know what to do sometimes. It's like a minefield.