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My husband is the patient. It started in January 2013 with jaundice. An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography was performed, and a plastic stent was inserted. The stent opened the bile duct and the jaundice gradually subsided. In February he had a CT scan of the pancreas. The scan was not conclusive for a pancreas diagnosis.
A consult with the team at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was conducted. Their diagnosis is Cholangiocarcinoma of the bile duct. The team surgeon said there was no surgical option. The team medical oncologist said my husband’s options are: do nothing or do chemo. He recommended that the plastic stent be replaced with a metal one. [It has since been replaced with another plastic one.]
Further tests were conducted by SCCA: chest xray, an ultrasound and a liver biopsy. Review of these tests by the medical oncologist and the results are the same: do nothing or do chemo. The chemo recommended is Gemcitabine and Cisplatin.
We would be grateful to hear any opinions and suggestions. Thank you so much for your time.