Topic: Friend with CC - some good news
I've posted on this extremely helpful and supportive discussion board before for advice regarding my 58 year old friend who was diagnosed with a klatskin tumor approximately 4 x 5 cm in April 2012.
He was deemed unresctable, and turned down for LT. Starting Aug, he was undergoing a low dose chemo at Moffitt cancer center in Tampa (gemzar 600 - 800 mg). In the meantime they were in touch with other centers, and also Dr. Sonnenday (thanks to folks on the board for introducing us to him).
He had a follow up CT on Oct 15, and while the doctors at Moffitt cancer center deemed no change and wanted to continue chemo, the doctors at MD Anderson in Orlando indicated that they had seen the good side of his liver - the left side - had grown to the size of the tumor afflicted right side. They felt they would be able to resect the right side, and reconnect the left side to the small intestine. Dr. Sonnenday independently seconded the opinion of the doctors at MD Anderson.
The good news is that everything went as planned. My friend had a successful ten hour surgery this month (they also removed his gall bladder because of gall stones), and is now back home recovering well, stent free and bile drain free. He only has one drain in the stomach for now.
Of course, it's fingers crossed going forward but at least he's in partial remission for now. I wanted to share this good news with the wonderful people on this forum. One never knows when there can be something around the corner. I guess we've to just stay hopeful and try what we can, in terms of second and third opinions, reading up on treatments, asking questions and staying healthy.
A very happy new year to all of you.