Topic: Mary's Recent Diagnosis of Cholangiocarcinoma
My wife, Mary, experienced all the classic symptoms of Cholangiocarcinoma the week of January 7th. At first the thought was a blocked bile duct so an endoscopy was performed to remove the blockage. During this procedure, the tumor was discovered. A biopsy confirmed the tumor as being Cholangiocarcinoma. A PET Scan was performed indicating a 7cm tumor high in the liver pretty much shutting the bile ducts down and spreading into about 25% of her liver. Her local team concluded it was inoperable. An external drain tube was inserted to provide temporary relief.
2nd opinion was conducted through Tampa FL Moffitt Cancer Center with same conclusions. Her local team (St. Petersburg FL) in concert with Moffitt defined a treatment protocol of radiation and Chemo. Subsequent to these consultations, she had a permanent metal stent placed which was a big improvement over the external drain. However, she just underwent emergency surgery for an abdominal abscess (removed over a liter of pus) probably caused by the stent procedure. As this was major abdominal surgery, it will delay the start of radiation for some unknown amount of time. This is a major concern to me as the tumor was significant in size 8 weeks ago