Topic: My latest update
I've been pretty quiet lately. Dealing with steadily increasing GI problems, unable to keep food down, as well as other life changes. We now have an idea what the problems are so I thought I'd check in with an update.
EUS Procedure today went well and was worth doing.
Good news first. My pancreas and spleen appear to be in good shape and doing well. They also pumped what was left in my stomach which has given me temporary relief from the nausea etc this evening.
They did find small ulcers at the top of the stomach near my esophagus and took biopsy's to be sure there is no tumor behind it.
They also found a large mass, almost certainly malignant tumor, either at the base of my stomach or into the duodenum.....I don't remember which. This is out for pathology but the only question seems to be if it is a metastasis of my cholangio or a new cancer. It appears to be fast growing. I will be presented to the tumor board at DHMC and they will give me their recommendations.
I've not 'let all this in' yet nor do I now have any idea of the choices I'l make to deal with it. I'll get more information soon I hope. It is a relief to finally understand what has caused my GI distress and inability to keep any sold food down. I will only drink liquids now while contemplating what is next.
It feels good to be home and sipping on a hot broth. There is no immediate crisis, rather it's a time to learn and think about options.