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This thread caught my eye because I thought the same thing when I heard that my uncle’s scans had come back “stable” with no new growth.
Congratulations on your good news and extended holiday season
Thanks, jathy! My uncle has an intrahepatic cholangio.
Good news to report as well They were able to stop the bleeding. The ulcer was still oozing though so they put in a coil to stop that. He’s doing very well and is being moved to the regular hospital floor tomorrow morning!
Thanks again for all the support. These bumps in the road always throw me for a bit of a loop.
Not knowing is the worst. There is so little they know about cc compared to other cancers.
Prayers and support coming your way! hopefully you’re able to update us with good news soon.
Thanks for all of the support!
the GI specialist said that he’s stable enough that surgery won’t be necessary unless the ulcer re-bleeds (which would most likely occur in the next 24 hours). So crossing my fingers that it’s able to heal itself.
jathy1125, I may take you up on that offer to talk. What type of cc did you have?
so sorry to hear that you had to go through that yourself, but it’s reassuring to hear that they can be readily fixed. It always sounds so bad when they start discussing blood transfusions and surgery. Thanks for the good wishes!
A bit of a set-back today:
My uncle is in the hospital with a significant GI bleed. They’re pretty sure he developed an ulcer and may need surgery to repair/remove the damage. He’s stable and receiving transfusions.
I’m assuming that because of the extensive chemo that area is weakened and more susceptible to issues like gastric ulcers.
Haha ill pass that along!
Christmas is by far my favorite holiday, but i love the lead up to it, halloween and thanksgiving
My uncle is responding very well to the therapy. Were just waiting now on that all important liver.
The only issue hes been having is that the stents (spelling?) they put in dont want to stay in place. Hes already had to have emergency surgery once to replace them and their monitoring them closely now. Anyone else had this happen?
randigb -I’m so glad to hear that your surgery was successful. What is Whipple Surgery? I am familiar now with adjuvant chemotherapy, but have not heard of this surgery.
marions – that’s wonderful to hear! It really is fortunate that my uncle can receive treatment at UCLA. Dr. B is very optimistic about his chances with the transplant.
Wow! thank you all for your support. I definitely came to the right place.
Marions – yes, my uncle is being placed on the transplant list and will be getting the surgery at UCLA. He is currently under the care of Dr. Busuttil. We’ve heard he’s a “hotshot” so to speak in the liver transplant world. If anyone has had experiences with him as a patient or caregiver, please share.
My uncle is due to start chemo in a couple of weeks so once that gets underway I will most likely start a thread in general discussion to keep everyone updated. Dr. B said the wait for a liver is usually on average 6-9 months so we’re hoping he stays in that time frame.
I so appreciate everyone sharing their experience. It makes me feel much better to know that there are others who are going through this same thing and can still have such an upbeat, supportive attitude.
Thank you for your kind words!
Yes, PubMed has become my new best friend. I’ve been researching absolutely everything I can on my uncle’s specific type of CC. There are a lot of recent articles, especially concerning transplantation. This website gave me a really good starting off point.
I feel like if I have as much information as possible, at least I have control over something.July 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm in reply to: Liver transplantation for intra- and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. #73221
great information! thanks