Topic: My dad's been told he has a CC
We are originally from Colombia, I live in Australia but all my family including my parents and sister are back home. My dad is a healthy 48yo who presented to the clinic nearly a month ago with symptoms of jaundice. He's had several tests performed such as CTS, PETS, MRIS, ERCPS, an FNAB and some CA antigen blood tests. He has not shown any palpable masses or other characteristic symptoms of this condition.
From all the testing he has had the Ca19-9 was extremely elevated (12,000), and only the MRI showed a lesion in the common bile duct which led them to think he had a tumour, although the type is not know yet (possibly a Klastkin) -
on the bright side, the other exams showed there was no metastasis and his jaundice was relieved by inserting a percutaneous billary drain.
The treating hepatic surgeon (Dr. Alonso Vera Torres) from the Santa Fe foundation hospital has stated that surgery is not an option at this point even though the cancer is in stage 1 but that perhaps chemotherapy and radiotherapy are a better treatment for him; nonetheless, depending on the response to the treatment a liver resection or transplant could be possible. He has referred us to the oncologist in this hospital and he has also stated that due to the location it is virtually impossible to take an accurate biopsy to identify the tumour.
Dr. Jorge Otero, the oncologist has suggested the use of chemotherapy drugs such as gemcitabine in combination with something else that I cannot recall as this is the common mix. However, we were told by the Dr that the therapy has been shown to be effective in approximately 20% of the population and that sometimes it can damage other organs. My dad considers this to be an average treatment and makes him think twice before agreeing to it as his other organs are healthy.
Doubts have started arising and we would like to hear feedback from individuals who have been through the same experience, we would really appreciate it if anyone could tell us what they suggest. We are open to any therapy (homeopath or allopath) anywhere in the world so long as this is proven to be effective and it gives my dad quality of life.
Perhaps not the place where I'd like to meet people but that's what we go through in life and I am so glad there a spaces like this out there. You are all amazing!