Topic: Early Detection
Since my husband was diagnosed with ICC in December 2013, I have been doing alot of research on this disease. Also, reading through the posts in these discussion boards have inlightened me to many aspects of the disease. However, it seems that Cholangiocarcinoma, and especially the Intraheptic form, is not normally diagonosed until stage 3.
Been in Africa, I now have a concern when I see any man with a heavy-ish middle and want to ask him if he enjoys camping, has travelled in non urban areas or stayed in any places where water and meat purity may be questionable... and if his answer is yes, to suggest that he requests a MRI scan be done of his liver. Should there be a liver fluke, it can be dealth with before it becomes cancer. Although the medical people may not fully agree with me, research shows that parasites could be a cause of ICC.
As more awareness is needed regarding CC, are there any early signs which one should look for, yet go unnoticed, that could detect this cance in stage 1 or 2?