Topic: Second Opinion, Worse News
Was diagnosed with CC last month. Remain asymptomatic -- not uncommon with the intrahepatic kind. Liver fuctions fine; Ca19-9 elevated mildly. I am 42 years old.
Tumor is in awful place -- just where veins/arteries/vena cava enter liver. Also there is lymph node enlargement.
Surgeon I first saw planning radical resection next month -- said it would be very difficult (on him and me) but felt there was good potential to get tumor and achieve margins.
Second opinion doc says the thing seems unresectable to him -- that the surgery could kill me or leave me greatly and permanently debilitated or worse.
Second opinion doc suggests course of chemo to see if we can get tumor to not only shrink but also hope that it shrinks in a certain direction, that is, away from veins/arteries. Obviously not a whole lot of hope that that plan succeeds. If it did work, then he suggests resection.
Third option of course, is to do absolutely nothing, and hope that the tumor continues its very slow growth pattern, giving me a few good years (months, maybe) until I get "sick."
So the million dollar question -- what would others do?