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    Hi Lucretia,

    Welcome to our community.  I am sorry Chris is experiencing so much pain.

    There are different approaches doctors can take and different meds that can be tried.  Not being a doctor, I don’t have the background to suggest any specific pain treatment.  But something in your story did stand out to me – that Chris is ending up in the emergency room when his pain is unbearable.  I am wondering if your hospital has a palliative care practice that can be called in to your husband’s case to work on pain and quality of life issues.  Most hospitals have this.  It is sometimes also called a pain management practice.  My concern is that emergency room doctors may not be in the best position to handle a complex, long-term pain issue.

    Your husband may consider seeking help from a palliative care doctor (these folks specialize in pain and other symptom relief).  This need not wait until he suffers an episode of intense pain.  For our cancer, pain relief can be brought through medication, or in some cases (e.g., bone mets) with radiation, or with other types of treatments.

    I hope Chris’ doctors can do a better job of getting his pain under control.  It is regretfully sometimes a trial and error process – patients need to be proactive and to insist on additional help when the first attempt, or the second or third, does not work out well enough to keep pain in check.

    Best wishes and prayers you and your husband find relief for his pain.

    Regards, Mary


    Good Morning All,

    My name is Lucretia and my husband Chris is 63 years old.  He was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma on February 14, 2018.  Unfortunately, the road to his diagnosis was fraught with error.  He complained of intense stomach pain for weeks, beginning the day after Christmas 2017.  The ambulance came to the house at least three times. But the doctor literally told him she would not take it out and instead put a colostomy bag on him.  This is the Director of the G.I. Department!  He continued to get worse until I had to call the ambulance on the evening of January 23.   The ER doctor said he would have died if I had waited until the morning because sepsis had set in.   The gall bladder had become so diseased that infection was poisoning his system.  It was removed a day later and since then he has been in the hospital over 120 days.  Because he is susceptible to infection and fever, he is unable to take the chemo.  So at this point, his care is really at a standstill.  More recently, he has been going in and out of ER’s for pain management.  He was admitted to the hospital just last Wednesday and came out  this Monday.  However, he is having severe back pain since Tuesday night and wants to go back to the hospital today.  Does anyone have any ideas about how he can manage the pain on the outside better?



    Dear Shortcanuck,

    I too am sorry to hear the news of the passing of your husband. Please accept my deepest condolences. We do have Dr Giles here on the site who may be able to help you with coping right now. He can be found here on this page –


    Please do not worry about posting on the right or wrong page. We also have a board here that may also be of help to you right now as well –

    Grief Management

    My thoughts are with you and your family right now.



    Hi Shortcanuck,

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news about your beloved husband.  Please accept my condolences.

    I sent you a private message concerning your question.

    Take care, regards, Mary



    My sweet, loving, funny husband died 3 weeks ago, 9 months to the day after diagnosis. Is there someone here I could talk to?  I feel like I can’t breathe sometimes. Not sure I’m posting in correct section


    Hi Arlyn,

    So happy you found our community, but I am sorry to hear that your father was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma.  I hope you and your family find the resources on the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation website for newly diagnosed patients helpful.

    As you may already be aware, job one with this diagnosis is lining up medical providers who are experienced with this rare cancer.  This usually means working with doctors at a major cancer facility.

    Treatment options have multiplied for this cancer, so the outlook is more hopeful than in the past.  I know your care and support will be invaluable for your father, especially with your medical background.  As many of us here have learned, the medical maze can be challenging with a rare illness.

    Please let us know how your father is doing, and if you have concerns or questions, the community on this board is here to help.

    Take care, regards, Mary


    Hi everyone. My name is Arlyn.  I just found out my 63 year old father was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma this past Thursday.   I feel like my world has been turned upside down.  I don’t know the details of it yet–just know he had a biopsy to confirm it last week.  I am a nurse practitioner that works in primary care in Southern California and am planning to move back home to Northern California.  Reading the posts and seeing all the support on this site is giving me hope and helping me to stay strong.  I am hoping to relay some of that hope and strength to him.


    Hi Katrina,

    Welcome to the new format of the discussion board.  Since it is new, we are still getting used to it – if you have suggestions or questions, there is now a place on the right-hand side that tells you how to contact the administrator (Rick).  Any suggestions are most appreciated.

    To add a posting to an existing chain, look for a button at the top right-hand side that says “reply.”  Or scroll down to the very bottom of the thread and you will see the box for the reply.  Your new entry will then appear at the top of the chain and will also be flagged on the beta page that lists the newest topics and postings.

    I looked at your earlier messages and some other users did use that same thread to discuss and update their own stories.  The moderators very occasionally move a posting if it fits better under a different heading – e.g., a posting about chemo appears under the radiation topic.  I will look into whether we can separate out your reports on your current treatment into their own topic so that info is easier for others to find and follow.

    Looking forward to hearing your update!  Regards, Mary


    I am now signed into the New Discussion Board.  I wanted to give a positive update to my entry in What’s Working Now, but I didn’t see a Posting ability.  Please confirm what to do.   I do hope that the entries now come with the most recent posts first and that posts are appropriate to the topic of the Discussion Board subject (or moved).  Hope to see you all at the conference!


    Huzzah!  Super exciting. 🙂

    Congrats to Rick and team for an awesome end result, and thank you for your efforts in getting this new site up and running.  Everything looks great!


    Thanks Rick! New board looks great and it must have taken a TON of work to get here! Looking forward to the new features as well!


    Thanks to all,





    Congratulations!  The new version looks great.  Thanks for helping with logins.

    Regards, Mary






    As you may have noticed, our new Discussion Board is here!

    There are a couple things to keep in mind.  If you are an existing user, if you’ve posted on our old board, you still have an account!  You just need to reset your password.  There are instructions in the support menu above.

    If you have issues/problems/questions, please fill out the form above.  It gets emailed to me and I can answer you right away.

    Thanks everyone, this has been a huge process and we’re not done, we’ll be rolling out new features in the near future!


    P.S.  Since everyone needs to reset their encrypted password to join the new board, I wanted to make sure you’re aware that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE THAT MONSTER PASSWORD that is generated when you click on “Generate Password”

    Simply click in the box, delete it and replace it with something you can remember.  I hope that helps!

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