Topic: New to board/Father with CC
Hello. My 86yr. old father was diagnosed with CC this past Thursday. I have been reading the stories, etc. Here is a little background on our story....My father had major itching on his legs/arms approx. 9 months ago. His family dr. gave him cream & diagnosed Excema at the time. Dad had the itching every so often after finishing the cream. Never went back to family dr. Approx. 10-12 days ago he had bad cramping & has been pretty much unable to eat. He did not feel well & went to family dr. He was jaundiced. Family dr. did bloodwork & sent him for CT scan. From there, I finally convinced him to go to the ER. (Family dr. had said he should, but convincing him was another thing). 8 days ago he was admitted to the hospital. They did MRI & MRIC tests, plus tumor markers. The gastroenterologist told me he beleived he had CC. He wanted to put stents in his bile ducts to drain them & then an oncologist would look at what was believed to be a mass or tumor in his liver. The specialist showed us this on the CT scan. He did an ERCP but found some of the bile ducts were draining themselves. Some were attached to this tumor. The pancreas was not involved. At the time, he told me it was a 4 inch tumor, I believe, but maybe I heard 4 cm. Not sure. He did say it was taking over 1/5 of his liver. He consulted with the oncologist. They believe that the there are too many blood vessels involved to do radiation. Also, they believe chemo is not an option, because of his age & will not help much. They told him it was inoperable & gave him 3-9 months to live. Dr. said the tumor has probably been there 2 years & will continue to grow & take over his liver. He will gradually feel less like eating & will get weaker. He has a follow up with the specialist in 3 weeks & sees his family dr. this week. I'm trying to read all I can & get ?? in order to ask. I'm wondering if we should seek a second opinion. We are in the Dayton, OH area & the gastroenterologist that we have had, I am told by people he is the best in this area. My father, I'm afraid, has resigned himself to death. I don't know because of his age, if he is a candidate for anymore procedures/surgery, etc. My mother is 84 & has had breast cancer (is cancer free now, thank God) & has RA. I am an only child, a stay at home mom & live only 5 miles away. If anyone has any comments or suggestions, I would certainly appreciate them. Thank you.