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  • in reply to: 2012 ASCO MEETING #57001

    Thanks to both Kris and Lainy.

    The point that I wanted to make ( which I completely lost…..) is to any
    of our members who ever thought about volunteering but hesitated or
    changed their mind for the same reason that I almost did….shouldn’t.

    You don’t need to be medically savvy or a whiz at computers or have
    credentials…. you just need to ‘show up’ and you’ll find your niche.

    @Lainy- Teddy and I would have been quite a force together ! :D

    in reply to: Doing well after 2 years! #56769

    I also just celebrated my two year surgery date ( 1/19/2010) !

    I celebrated it by “manning” the Cholangiocarcinoma Booth at the ASCO 2012
    GastroIntestinal Symposium in SF.

    I plan to do it every year.


    in reply to: My trip to Mayo #53267

    Hi Susie !

    Thank you very much for your post.
    The OHSU people seem to be on the ball as well.

    Would you mind telling me which Mayo Clinic did you go to and also
    the name of the Oncologist?

    I had a resection done 20 months ago with a close margin in one spot.
    And one lymph node involved.

    I had 8 cycles ( 6 months) of adjuvant Gemzar/Xeloda.

    I literally begged them to do Radiation but was refused.

    I am so very happy that you were impressed by your consultation.

    Best wishes to you,


    in reply to: My Husband and Cholangiocarcinoma – Part 2 #42282

    BENECALORIE is made by Nestles. They have a medical nutrition department.
    This product has 350 calories and 7 grams of protein in 1.5 ounces.
    It comes in a small little tub, individually. It’s not fantastic tasting , but if you mix it in with a small amount of yogurt or applesauce it does the trick.
    Two of these little tubs alone each day would add 750 calories to his intake.
    I have done a lot of research on finding the highest amount of calories and protein in the smallest amount of food. And this is it.
    Their nutrition drinks are even better than anything on the market regarding highest amount of nutrition in the littlest amount of substance.
    They have a general Nestles product site… but they also have a healthcare provider site/section dedicated to Medical Nutrition. It might be their British site.
    It does work, -and they do deliver it pretty fast.

    in reply to: Recurrence rate #51327

    I am 19 months post op 40% of left lobe resection for a single mass ( 8×5) of Intrahepatic CC. Surgical margins were clear yet the first lymph node on either side of liver were positive—-but not in any of the nodes next in line. 13 nodes from the front and 8 from the back were sent to pathology and all were clear.
    Yet that is what helped me make the clear decision of having Chemo.
    I did 6 months adjuvant chemo–Gemzar and Xeloda.
    I had tissue samples sent to a lab for ‘Molecular Testing’………but it seems that I went to great expense and effort for something that is in it’s infancy and not yet a viable avenue-( so now I surmise that I was taken advantage of).
    I consulted with Dr Keith Block in Chicago after having read his book and after having a 4 hour consult with him -I decided to embrace his professional advice whole-heartedly.
    I did all this because I am 52 years old and must know that I have done/and will do -all that is possible medically , and from a scientific point of view.
    This way of thinking works for me.
    I guess that I have rambled on a bit…..the main reason I have posted here is to give hope to the newly resected people by telling you that the CT scan I had done 3 days ago shows @ 19 months after surgery–‘no recurrence of cancer at this time’.



    I just can’t believe that you are do so well after such a short time from your surgery !
    I am amazed at your speed of recovery……….and your surgeon is probably more so!!

    Was any of my info of benefit to you ?

    Best Wishes,




    I have thought of you every single day since Thursday.

    Another few days and you should be up and walking down the Hospital corridors for exercise driving those nurses crazy!!!!!


    That is fantastic.

    There ARE researchers and scientists trying so very hard for all of us.

    Thank you, Marion.




    Please check your email.

    I know that many,many people will be thinking of you on Thursday and thru the days of your recovery.


    in reply to: After ASCO 6/2011,this is what I will do as a patient. #50758


    I had molecular testing done. Apparently the tissue samples sent were not sensitive to any of the standard chemo drugs.
    The testing cannot give results for all chemo drugs as it works only on certain proteins (so I was told).
    I gave the report to my Onc. and he glanced at it and returned it to me.
    Didn’t even enter it into my chart.

    What I am about to write is of the utmost importance.***********

    The tumor bloc/specimen MUST be fresh. You must INSIST prior to surgery
    that the tumor bloc NOT be frozen until a good size portion is kept separate and untreated.

    It seems to be standard procedure to ‘treat/freeze’ the specimen automatically as soon as possible and I was not given a choice in the matter.
    Consequently, the opportunity for very precise testings was forfeit.


    in reply to: A few more thoughts #50792

    Marion- you do inspire me.

    Is there anyone in the SF Bay Area that would like to brain-storm with me to organize a Walk? Perhaps a Dog Walk / Parade at Point Iasabel ?



    Hi PCL1029 !

    I am the one taking Anvirzel. Thank you VERY much for taking the time to sit in for the discussion at Chicago. It’s disappointing that Drs. Khan and Newman weren’t there.
    I’m sorry that I did not have a chance to meet you and the other people there.
    I had planned /looked forward for a long time to attend, even bought the airline ticket, but at the last minute something came up. I regret very much not being there.
    Anyway–if this is of interest to anyone, I am s/p 40% left hepatic resection 1/19/10 and I have being taking Anvirzel 0.5mg, SL, q 5 hr. /day( except while sleeping ) since last July.
    I have had NO side effects at all, all labs WNL, CT SCAN with contrast every 4 months indicate ‘Stable’. I intend to keep taking it until further notice.
    I am only too glad that you were there, but do wish that I had been able to attend.
    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and for the way that you explain things.
    Lesley, aka Snezzie.

    Even during 6 months ( 8 cycles ) of Gem/Xeloda.

    in reply to: Susan G. Komen sueing other cancer research efforts #46785

    EXACTLY. ( you made me laugh out loud!)

    And I will write a letter, copy it off and get every single person that I can to sign it.
    I think that many letters, rather than a petition type of thing might make more of a statement /have a bigger effect.
    I’m not “just saying this” …i am really going to do it.


    in reply to: Susan G. Komen sueing other cancer research efforts #46783

    I just did 2 things

    1) Posted the Huffington article on my Facebook with the words ” They should be ashamed of themselves”.

    2) Went to the Susan B. Komen site –went to “Contact Us”–and in the field that wants a reason for contact, I opted for “Improper Conduct: ( because it goes to GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS ) and wrote something to the effect of ” I respected the Foundation no longer because of the lawsuits /The foundation should be ashamed/ my opinion is that this news of the lawsuits will lead to a negative backlash….

    I mean, ………………really now. Come on. I think that what they have done is ridiculous.
    We are ALL supposed to benefit from the discoveries, medical break-thrus, effects made on behalf of every single person on this earth who has/had/will have cancer.
    It just shows how naive I and many others are because I always thought that this “fight”, this “race for the cure” was for ALL OF US and not just those of a certain group.
    They really should be ashamed in spending a million plus to sue others that out of the goodness of their hearts are striving to do their bit for ALL OF US when that money could be much well better spent.

    Jeepers……I’m really pushed out of shape over this…………………… much so, that I am going to tell everyone who will listen to me.

    in reply to: Tamoxifen? #45710

    My question about this topic is that since CC is reported to be the #1cancer of Asia—-where the highest documented cases are……wouldn’t the pharmaceutical companies here and in Japan want to develope a drug and lead the market?
    And since it is the # 1 Cancer in Asia

    why does it appear that the American and British Medical/Oncological fields won’t look for information from the Chinese and Japanese Medical field. It appears that there is no exchange of information.
    I asked an Oncologist this question and he replied ” they lie about their statistics–so we don’t bother”.
    I mean, really now. Surely, there’s got to be more to it than that !

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