Topic: Mom diagnosed
My mother was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma in September 2007. She was having pain, and the doctor said she had gallstones that required surgery for removal. During the surgery they found a tumor and it tested positive for cc. She has since been treated at Stanford with the Cyberknife and is receiving chemotherapy using Gemzar. She went for her followup at Stanford about three weeks ago, and they told her they had good news and bad news. The good news was the tumor they had used the cyberknife on was gone; the bad news was they could see several more tumors on her liver. They told her there was nothing else they could do for her there. I guess the tumors on the liver must have been microscopic at the time she had her first PET scan.
My Mom is 75, and want to be one of the miracle patients. She knows in reality that she probably won't be, but you never know. I saw her last week, and she looks pretty good. She has lost weight and is tired, but that is probably due to the chemo.