Unresectable to Resectable?

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    Hi Nikki,

    As Nancy has said to you, your dad is in good hands. And I will be keeping my fingers crossed for the best possible results for your dad with this trial that he starts next week. Please let us know how he gets on with it. And yes for sure, we have seen patients who have been told no to surgery that then go on to have surgery after having chemo or other treatments. So please, stay strong, stay positive and certainly do not give up hope at all!! We are here for you.

    My best wishes to you and your dad,



    Nikki, Your dad is in the hands of the best of the best! Sending postive thoughts for a great result with the chemo. Keep us posted. :) Nancy


    Thank you both so much! That’s all we need to hear is that there have been people that have gone from unresectable to resectable. If we keep that as our goal and keep praying everyday, I am sure we will get there!

    My dad’s records are with Dr. Kato, Dr. Sonnenday and Dr. Chapman. If he has promising results from chemo, then we are at a head start having my dad’s case already in their very capable hands.

    Marion – I am excited about Panitumumab. It is the first fully human anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody. The phase II trial is full (we got the last spot), so I’m sure that people have been having positive results.

    Praying like crazy for detachment! First treatment is on Tuesday.


    Nikki….agree with Lainy, we do have patients responding well to chemo and they then go on to surgery. Panitumumab sounds very promising and I am crossing my fingers for your father to show the favorable results we all hope for.


    Oh, yes Nikki. We do have Miracles here and I am sure some of them will answer your question in more detail. Always HAVE HOPE and BE STRONG! Here’s to detachment in the best of ways!



    My name is Nikki and my father (age 57) was diagnosed with a Klatskim tumor (4 cm) back in September. In October he had surgery, but was told that because the tumor was wrapped around the hepatic artery, they could not safely remove it. He is starting a clinical trial next week at Dana Farber. The clinical trial is the use of Gemcitabine, Oxaliplantin and Panitumumab. We are praying that the tumor detaches itself from the artery, so it can be resected.

    I wanted to know if anyone was initially told they were unresectable, but then was able to have surgery because of good results from chemo/radiation.

    Thank you!

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