Topic: Mom recently diagnosed
My beautiful, 62 year old mom was recently diagnosed with CC - although we weren't given a stage, just that she has a 6 cm tumor on her liver with mets to regional lymph nodes. The surgeon we met with said that surgery was not an option because the cancer was in her lymph nodes. According to him, there would be no survival benefit to the surgery since it has spread. She is seeking a second opinion, however, with Johns Hopkins with a doctor who specializes in bile duct and liver cancer. I've been trying to gain as much information as possible about this horrible cancer - and I guess I've been looking for hope as much as information. My mom has always been healthy - she still feels great since having two metal stents put in about 6 weeks ago. This is just an absolute nightmare - her and I have always been so close. I'm trying to be strong for her, as well as for my three year old daughter who loves her grandma so much. Thinking about the future and what's to come really scares me. I've also been trying to convince my mom to fight with everything she has...she has been offered very little hope by this surgeon and by what she has read on the Internet, that she doesn't want to try chemo because she feels this is a losing battle. She is also afraid of losing her quality of life, which I can understand, but I don't want to lose my mom. Any experiences, advice, anything?