Topic: 37 year old male diagnosed with stage 4 CC - welcoming any advice
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After experiencing jaundice and stomach pain for over a week, I checked myself into a local Orlando hospital's ER in early April 2013. After MRI and CAT scans, drs noticed bile duct obstruction. Utilizing ERCP (endoscopic procedure) and interventional radiology procedures (PTC), specialists were unable to placed a stent at the obstruction area and had to put in an external biliary drain. Drs were unable to identify the cause of the blockage but had serious suspicion that cancer was involved.
My wife and I then decided to fly out to the highly regarded MD Anderson of Houston for 2nd opinion from Dr. Jean-Nicholas Vauthey. Dr. Vauthey ended up admitting me to the hospital so they can attempt to install the stent & determine the cause of the blockage. After successful install of the stent and taking sample of very tiny "nodules" near my liver/abdominal area (peritoneal area) for biopsy, we were given the devastating news by Dr. Vauthey that I have been diagnosed with stage 4 CC. Dr. Vauthey is unfortunately unable to operate on me and the onsite oncologist is recommending chemotherapy (Gemcitabine & Cisplatin).
I'm 37 years old and happily married with two daughters (3 yrs & 11 yrs).
I would be grateful for any feedback or ideas on what the next step should be. I was wondering should I get 2nd opinions first before starting on chemo treatment? Maybe there's a chance that a different surgeon would do surgery? I also hear that Mayo Clinic offers more than just chemo treatments like radiation & photodynamic therapy.
As you can see, lots of thoughts/ideas running thru my head