Topic: Father in late 60's, stage 4, 7cm tumor
My dad was just diagnosed with stage 4 Cholangiocarcinoma, his tumor is 7cm and has grown into his liver. Doctors are saying w/o chemo he could live 3-4 months. With Chemo 6-8 months, possibly longer depending on how the chemo works. He has decided to go ahead with Chemo, which will start next week and he will receive it once a week. He will go for 2 weeks and then be off for one week. The medications he has been told he will be given are Gemcitabine and Carboplatin.
The toughest part is he is in Portland, OR and I am in Atlanta, GA. Not being physically with him during this time is going to be most difficult. I am trying to determine the best time to go be with him which I think will be better determined after the first cycle when testing will determine how he is responding, how long treatment will be and prognosis after the first cycle.
Any tips on increasing expectancy and just helping my dad get through this time in general is much appreciated!