Topic: Running Out of Options
My husband Frank (age 44) was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma in February 2005. He underwent surgery at Columbia Presbyterian in NYC in April 2005, endured radiation and 5FU for 7 weeks, followed by Gemzar and Oxyplatin which ended in December 2005. As of February 2006 his CAT scan was clean. On April 8, 2006 his CAT scan indicated 3 areas of cancer outside the liver. He then underwent a cholangiogram that revealed areas of blockage within the liver, all diseased with cancer. He now has the drainage tube to help relieve the liver and reduce the billiruben (in the 5's range).
Eating solids has become extremely painful and can anyone tell us if it's due to the liver beginning to fail and be able to break down solid food? Does anyone have suggestions after going through the same?
Also, he will begin palliative chemo on April 18th. Does anyone have other suggestions for us to try as we are getting down to the wire for treatment?