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Discussion Boardnew diagnosis was posted 06/19/2001 01:29 pm by peter argani
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Dear Cat: i am very sorry to hear of your father's bile duct cancer. This is
a rare disease that is very difficult to treat. Surgery is usually the best
therapy when the tumor can be removed completely by the surgeon;
unfortunately, many tumors cannot be removed entirely because they have
already spread too far from the bile duct. If you are interested in having
your father seen here by a surgeon, Dr. Shulick and Dr. Choti (both are
listed on the site, with contact numbers) both have a lot of experience
treated bile duct cancers involving the liver.
Glivec is a medicine used to treat cancers that produce excess amounts of
proteins called tyrosine kinases, one of which is c-kit. Some tumors that
produce excessive amounts of c-kit (like gastrointestinal stromal tumors) can
be treated with glivec. Other types of cancer (like bile dcut cancers) are
just now being tested for c-kit production, since this could potentially be
tried as a therapy. i do not know if glivec therapy has been tried yet on
any bile duct cancers.
i hope this helps
good luck to you and to your father
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