Topic: International Patients looking for hospitals in the United States

Hi,

My name is Ana. My brother was diagnosed with bile duct cancer last August. He is on chemotherapy since September, 24th. He had a MRI exam 3 weeks ago to see if the tumor has shrunk. Unfortunately, the tumor has the same size since the diagnosis (4.8 cm). The doctors are now thinking to combine radiation with chemotherapy. However, they are not sure that the new treatment will work. We live in Bogota, Colombia. We are then thinking to go to the United States to look for a better treatment. Our sister leaves in Boston. So it will be perfect if we can go to Boston. Has anyone been treated at the Mass General Hospital or at Dana Faber Cancer Institute?

Thank you!

Re: International Patients looking for hospitals in the United States

Most top hospitals in the United States offer special services to international patients. The two hospitals that you mentioned are no exception.

http://www.massgeneral.org/international/default.aspx

http://www.dana-farber.org/Adult-Care/T … tance.aspx

I'm not sure if you realize this or not, so I'm going to say it like it is. Paying out of pocket for cancer treatments is VERY, VERY, VERY expensive. You need to be well-off to be able to afford it.

Re: International Patients looking for hospitals in the United States

Hello Legend,

Thank you very much for your reply. Yes I know about the costs and we will not be able to affort them if we have to pay out of our pocket. However, my brother's insurance compagny may covers the medical expenses outside Colombia. This is not sure yet but it is a possibility.

Re: International Patients looking for hospitals in the United States

Dear Ana welcome to our extraordinary family but sorry you had to find us. I am truly sorry to hear of your Brother's diagnosis and that the tumor has not shrunk.
The Hospitals you mention are both good. I am curious as to why they are not trying a different chemo? Also can your brother get another opinion. Hopefully he is with Doctors who have treated CC before. Wishing you the best on getting treatment in the Boston area. Please keep us posted on your brother.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Re: International Patients looking for hospitals in the United States

Ana...it might also be possible to have your brother's physician contact a physician in the US.  In re: to either hospital - your brother would do fine as both see a significant amount of Cholangiocarcinoma patients.

Hugs,
Marion

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Re: International Patients looking for hospitals in the United States

Hi Marions and Lainy,

Thank you for your messages. I will keep you posted.

Best,

Ana M

Re: International Patients looking for hospitals in the United States

Hi Ana,

Don't know if you have read this part of the site re hospitals in the USA or not so thought I would just post this link in case you have not seen it.

http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/major … enters.htm

My best wishes to you and your brother,

Gavin

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Re: International Patients looking for hospitals in the United States

Thanks Ana, I will look for your postings.  Fingers are crossed.
Hugs,
Marion

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