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Bile Duct Cancer was posted 01/19/2009 11:37 pm by Patti
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Hi, I'm wondering if anyone might be able to offer some info and I apologize ahead of time for this lengthy post. One of my closest friends was diagnosed 5 years ago with gallbladder cancer and thankfully beat all of the odds after having her gallbladder removed and having radiation and chemo. Unfortunately 6 weeks ago she was diagnosed with cancer cells in the bile ducts. She went in for surgery today with the plans of removing the ducts and part of her small intestines but there is much scarring from the previous radiation that the surgeon could not do anything. He is going to confer with the head radiologist to see if she may be a candidate for going through her liver to reach the ducts for radiation treatment. Also one of her main arteries is closing and they may try to insert a stent to open it. Also her liver is smaller than it should be. I am getting this information from her daughter and not first hand. My friend is being treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in New Hampshire and her surgeon Dr. David Axelrod. He said anything they could do now would only buy her a little time. If anyone has information to pass on, possibly a doctor who specializes in bile duct cancer or any other information. I'm familiar with this area of the body as my husband died 2 years ago from pancreatic cancer that had spread to his bile ducts and biliary tree. I thought we'd been blessed with my friend's good health, passing her 5 year mark and no signs of cancer. Thanks in advance for any information and God Bless all who are walking this walk. Patti

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