Topic: Second Opinion from USC on our Jeff - an update - good news
Jeff has continued his regime of chemo with Oxaliplatin and Xeloda. He is having some of the expected side-effects, but so far, he has continued to work and continues to maintain his normal routine.
For those of you that encouraged us to get a second opinion (and especially to Mark) we cannot thank you enough. For those of you considering a second opinion, we hope you can benefit from our experience and we would strongly encourage you to consider obtaining a second opinion.
In our case, one of CCF's fellow members, Mark, recommended Dr. Rick Selby at USC as a possible second opinion regarding surgery for our son, Jeff. We had our evaluation with Dr. Selby on Friday.
We had a totally positive experience. In Jeff's situation, Dr. Selby was able to provide us with some additional options concerning possible surgery, but most importantly, - he provided us with a ray of hope. Those of you going through this CC experience KNOW what a special gift such a ray of hope can be.
Dr. Selby and his team will be running an additional round of diagnostic testing including a PET Scan and probably another MRCP procedure to take another closer look at the bile duct. Of course, the hope and prayer is that we do not find any previously unknown tumors. (We know that Jeff has tumors in his bile duct, liver and left lung.)
Additionally, Dr. Selby hopes to get a better idea as to just exactly how the bile duct tumor is situated. IF things go well with the testing, then surgery IS a viable option for Jeff. The scheduling for the additional testing will begin on Monday and hopefully, within a couple of weeks, we will be in a position of being able to obtain surgery.
For our son Jeff, please hope and pray for clean scans and diagnostic testing results that make surgery a viable option for him.
We really really liked Dr. Selby! Thank you Mark for your recommendation.
As always, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our new CCF family.
With renewed hope...
Bob & Nancy (Jeff's Mom & Dad)