Topic: Don't give up hope.
Hello everyone I would just like to tell you all about my father-in-laws journey. In 1/03/05 he was diagnosed with unresectable intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma with metasis to both lungs. The prognosis was grim 6 months to a year tops. His treatment options were a palliative procedure in which a tube is inserted into the bile duct to bypass the tumor and drain the bile to prevent jaundice. This has worked out relatively well to keep him comfortable. He started out with chemo by taking Gemcitabine which normally used for breast cancer and had great results with all tumor markers going down in his PET scans. After the Gemcitabine held the tumors at bay the onocologist decided to switch chemo to Xeloda for cholangiocarcinoma will develop an immunity to the same chemo drug if used to often. The Xeloda also held the cancer at bay for the span the drug was used. Now the drug of choice is gemcitabine again along with 100 mgs. of Tarceva daily. He is due for scans on 9/11/06 to find out if these drugs are doing the trick. Last month he developed ascites and the doctor decided to drain off the fluid, 5 litres were drained and the next week 3 litres that did the trick and no more problems since.
As of today his energy level isn't what it used to be, nor can he pound down 2 plates of food with pie and ice cream but he is still battling and living a productive life. In all your new journys with this damned cancer you will read nothing but bad news on the net as I have. This is a rare and unresearched cancer and I wanted to give everybody a heads up on what we are going through and just because a doctor says 6 months here is living proof of an individual who has taken the percentages 1 year past that life expectancy. I hope this gives everybody a little bit of hope and if anyone has any questions send a reply and I will get with you and explain doctors terms that I left out on purpose.
God Bless All