Here I am staring at a blank screen wondering what to type or where to start. Let’s start simple. My name is Sarah and I’m 31 years old. I am a daughter, mother, wife, sister, aunt, cousin, granddaughter, niece, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, co-worker, and friend. Oh wait! You can add Cholangiocarcinoma warrior and/or survivor. My goal is to…

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This presentation focused on the non-operative treatment of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Over the past 5 years, new technology has allowed much higher doses of radiation to be given safely. These doses are capable of ablating the tumor and preventing it from causing liver failure and death, leading to much longer survival and a realistic chance for…

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“Photodynamic Therapy, A Ray of Light in Cholangiocarcinoma: The OPUS Trial” presented by Dr. David E. Loren, Associate Director of Endoscopy and Co-Director of the Pancreaticobiliary Section at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Cholangiocarcinoma is a disease that often leaves patients and their physicians feeling that they have few options for treatment. This presentation discusses an emerging…

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Long-distance runner Bill Merriam’s diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma never slowed him down. Bill is featured in the premiere issue of Beating Cancer, a new online magazine for those who want to “kick cancer in the teeth.” Read this article and view his video message to you.   Click here to view our webchat.

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Fundraiser Spotlight: Andrea Remembered On January 10th, AndreaRemembered.org held the fourth annual “Andrea’s Night at the Discovery Lodge”. More than 500 people were in attendance to celebrate her life and raise funds for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and the Andrea M. Fuquay Memorial Scholarship at the University of Southern Indiana. This year, the “Andrea’s Night at…

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Title: Surgical Management of Cholangiocarcinoma – State of the Art and Beyond When:Thursday, Nov 13, 2014,  3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST Presented by: Dr. Tomoaki Kato, Chief of the Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center Description: This webinar will feature Dr. Tomoaki Kato, a renowned expert in liver and intestinal…

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Click here to download the presentation (.pdf)   Topic:  Using Patients’ Own Immune System to Knock-out Cancer: Adoptive Cell Therapy Presenters: Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D., National Cancer Institute Eric Tran, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health Surgery Branch, Tumor Immunology Section Melinda Bachini, CCF Patient Advocate and NIH Research Study Participant Overview: Join Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg (National Cancer Institute)…

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On September 29, CCF held its first web chat with guest speaker Bill Merriam. Bill recently created a new video for the Foundation to share his perspective on cancer. Participants were able to submit questions in advance and join the web chat to hear directly from Bill. Bill is the father of 6 and grandfather…

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Some people with cholangiocarcinoma are unable to be cured because their tumor is either inoperable or has spread. These patients can develop blockages of the bile ducts or intestines causing jaundice, severe itching, nausea and/or vomiting. Palliative surgery or endoscopic procedures may be able to provide relief of symptoms. We will be discussing the role…

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An Important FREE Webinar: “Update on Cholangiocarcinoma: What we have learned from the International Hepatobilliary Neoplasia Biorepository” When: Monday, July 14, 2014 4:00-5:00 PM (EST) Presenter: Dr. Roongruedee Chaiteerakij, Mayo Clinic, MN Purpose: Educate patients, supporters and caregivers to understand how Mayo Clinic is using the information and bio-specimens provided to improve care all for…

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Topic:    “Update on Cholangiocarcinoma: What we have learned from the International Hepatobiliary Neoplasia Biorepository” Presenter: Dr. Roongruedee Chaiteerakij, Mayo Clinic, MN Purpose: Educate patients so they better understand how Mayo Clinic is using the information and bio-specimens they provide to improve care all for cholangiocarcinoma patients.   Download the Powerpoint Presentation  

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For those of you in the Sonoma, CA area, please consider attending “The 2014 Sonoma Bili Project Experience” on August 2nd hosted by The Bili Project Foundation.  The event hosted by Cedric the Entertainer includes dinner, live and silent auctions, and celebrity golf foursomes.  Proceeds benefit the UCSF Hepatobiliary Tissue Bank.  For more information, contact…

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Cholangiocarcinoma patient, Valarie Spiser–Albert beat the odds with her positive attitude Three years ago, Valarie Spiser-Albert was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma.  She was told she had 6-8 months to live but her with her positive attitude, she beat the odds! Check out her story and video. Thanks for KSAT TV for sharing this inspirational story. http://www.ksat.com/news/cancer-patient-says-she-beat-odds-with-positive-attitude/25478826

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Who was Jo Bryant? Jo Bryant was a healthy, working teacher and a very involved mother and grandmother when she went to the doctor for back pain.  (She taught for 43 years, up until the day she was hospitalized.)  After tests and a biopsy, a week later, she was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma.  Her health quickly…

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                   Forty years after becoming a father for the first time, six children and thirteen grandchildren later, the question has to be; how has my life been changed through all these years in the role of dad and grandpa?  The simple answer…I can’t possibly fathom how different…

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