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  • in reply to: Surgery Not Successful #20141
    nnv
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    the disease had progressed too far into the liver and there was lymph node involvement…..metastatic. He had stents put in 2 days later and they are working beautifully. My father had no symptoms…..his GP ran some tests for a kidney stone and got the ball rolling. This all happened so fast we are still trying to cope because he looks and feels fine, though tired.

    in reply to: Surgery Not Successful #20139
    nnv
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    vk933,
    My dad, was also recently diagnosed with inoperable cc in Toronto. I know that sinking feeling all too well. However, we have found a wonderful surgeon that truly has made such an effort to help my father. He is not at PMH but rather at Sunnybrook and he specializes in these cases. He has also done a lot of research and worked with the Mayo. His name is Dr. S. Hanna at the Odette cancer centre. Google him and you’ll see…. Another thing, he allowed us to ask about all kinds of treatments and did not shut us down.
    It was unfortunate that the surgery was not successful but not without effort. He had an ultrasound going for approx. 90 min during surgery to fully understand the extent of the disease… he also biopsied a lymph node, came back pos., before deciding the benefits did not outweigh the risks. He then came to find us in the waiting room to tell us the heartbreaking news. He had spent almost 4 hours trying….even the anesthesiologist apologized to my father for the unsuccessful surgery.
    We are now about to start a chemo protocol and then rads on a specialized machine…the TOMO. It’s the only one in Toronto.
    Hang in there
    NNV

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