Topic: Husband newly diganosed
In late May my husband started feeling fluish and it wouldn't go away. Then he got jaundiced and ended up in ER on Memorial Day. They did an ultrasound and a CT scan and found a mass on his liver. After that he went to his VA doctor and they did a biopsy. What they found was moderate differentiated cholangiocarcinoma of right lobe of the liver and right bile duct and right common bile duct, Bismuth classification type 3, T3 Nx Mo stage 3, unresectable. The doctor said he has about a year to live. With chemo (which he is trying even though they tell him he only has a slim chance it will work) he could add weeks or months but not much longer.
He served in the Marines in Vietnam in 1967/68. After being in Vietnam for about 10½ months, he was at Yankee Station in Con Tien on the DMZ and a mortar round landed and went off near him in his foxhole. He was unconscious for five days on the USS Repose hospital ship. Then he was sent to Hong Kong and then he spent a few weeks at Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois before being sent home. He got service-connected Hep C and went through treatment for that for 48 weeks from 9/2002 to8/2003. Now this has shown up and we believe it is from liver flukes that have lived in his bile duct since Vietnam. I have been reading about a lot of Vietnam vets coming down with this type of cancer now.
I am grateful to find and be a part of this group and know that I will be on this site a lot in the future trying to cope and find out how best to help my husband.