Topic: New to site, my brother was recently diagosised
Hi, my name is Patti
My brother was diagnosed last week with bile duct cancer, he was sent to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY to meet with a team of doctors. They did another ct scan and now are saying spots have shown up on the lung, liver and pancreas which were not there as of last weeks scan.
The transplant docter said there is a POSSIBILITY that they could do resection surgery, but before this can be done they want him to have another echocardiogram and Petscan to make sure he could withstand the surgery. They have scheduled this for next week. The doctor stated that if he does do the surgery there is the possiblity he will get in there and find he can't even touch the tumor ON the bile duct.
I have done a lot of research on this cancer in the past week, an am assuming they are talking of the surgical procedure called the Whipple.
Does anyone know anything about Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY as being one of the more qualified hospitals to treat this disease? Or should he be somwhere else?
I don't know at this time what stage they have listed him in, but believe with his symptons that presented and the test they have done so far it would be at least a stage 3 if not 4. Does anyone know if at these stages what type of prognosis he may be looking at? Would much appreciate any thing you can tell me to research or to tell him to ask doctors.