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The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation’s Blog has been home to a variety of content ranging from patient perspectives to updates on medical advancements.  Contributors like patients Sarah Bennett, Cait Telaak, Helen Scott, Susan Braden, George Riddle, Lisa Layton, and Marcia Van Gorden share news and personal anecdotes, and the blog also serves as a resource for you to familiarize themselves with the Foundation.  Keep an eye out for new posts as together we explore the world of Cholangiocarcinoma and the tireless work towards a cure!

Thoughts and Memories of Marion Schwartz

By Rick Pollock | August 24, 2018

Marion and I worked together daily for over 10 years building the foundation and we’ve talked often since her retirement. She worked with many of…

Mouse Models and Avatars

By Cait Telaak | March 20, 2018

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008, healthcare positions accounted for 12% of all private-sector jobs, a number that has consistently been…

How to Sign Up for Google Alerts

By Cait Telaak | March 6, 2018

My recent(ish) surgery knocked me down a little more than expected, so I won’t be tackling the complex topic of mouse models/mouse avatars (with a…

Love and Hope

By Cait Telaak | February 20, 2018

Reading this blog you get a lot of one person’s perspective, but so many lives have been impacted by cholangiocarcinoma.  When I asked fellow patients…

Patients, Physicians, Progress

By Cait Telaak | February 6, 2018

Science has never been my forte.  That’s not to say it disinterests me, but it never held my attention like the humanities.  For someone who…

Empowerment – Helen Scott’s Story

By Cait Telaak | January 30, 2018

It’s natural for cancer patients to, at some point in their journey, indulge their curiosity.  When you are diagnosed with a disease as rare as…

Even Keel – Andy Tebbutt’s Story

By Cait Telaak | January 23, 2018

I can’t speak for other rare cancer populations, but the cholangiocarcinoma community is fairly tight knit.  In some ways, we are like members of the…

Roller Coaster – Barry Cohen’s Story

By Cait Telaak | January 16, 2018

Written by Cait with edits of style and flair by Barry Cohen Depending on your perspective, roller coaster might have a negative connotation.  For Barry…

Radiation Part II

By Cait Telaak | January 2, 2018

And we’re back!  I meant to have this up last week, but between the holidays and family in town, that ambition crashed and burned in…

Treatment Modalities: Radiation

By Cait Telaak | December 19, 2017

I began the last treatment modality post with a tease about controversial cholangiocarcinoma treatments.  Liver transplant is arguably one of the more misunderstood modalities, but…

Persistence – Jess Maher’s Story

By Cait Telaak | December 5, 2017

Imagine for a second that there is a checklist that describes the ‘typical’ cholangiocarcinoma patient.  An impossible task, I know, as we are all so…

Top Ten Tips for an Easier Holiday Season

By Cait Telaak | November 21, 2017

It’s no surprise that the holidays come with a mixed bag of emotions and experiences.  In the best of circumstances this time of year, while…

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