Today, Matt Reidy’s post about achieving cured status reminded me of how posting positive results can offer real hope to others that are earlier in their CC journey. Here’s a quick update on my status:
My Hilar CC was diagnosed at stage 3a and I was deemed unresectable by my primary oncologist as well as several others with considerably more experience with Cholangiocarcinoma. In 2014, my attempt at resection was aborted. We didn’t give up and later that summer we found a team of superstars- highly skilled and compassionate CC experts at UCSF. I underwent a successful resection! This January marked my 7th year surgical anniversary. I was followed very closely until last year, when my team advised that they do not expect the cancer to return. I’ve enjoyed family experiences that I initially thought I wouldn’t be around for. I am immensely grateful to be enjoying life.
The frequent advice on this discussion board has always been to stay positive, there are new treatments becoming available. I did that, I trusted my medical team, and am more optimistic than ever that this disease can be managed and even cured!