Patient Comments: Bile Duct Cancer - Treatment


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Comment from: bebbingtonian, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 05

My wife aged 64, after a private medical, got two tumor marker blood tests above normal. It took six months of scans, tests and cancelled operations at NHS. In late 2017 a liver resection was done. Then in April bile duct liver cancer had returned and she was given 12 months. As present chemotherapy doctors have written her off. They give her oxaliplatin once in 3 weeks. These doctors are useless, talk to them and all I get is can’t do. My wife is healthy and no symptoms.

Comment from: Gary m, 55-64 (Patient) Published: July 19

I was diagnosed with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) in October 2018 after breaking my hip. The tumor was the size of a peach. I underwent surgery in December 4th in which they removed 60 percent of my liver along with my gallbladder and three lymph nodes. I then underwent six months of chemotherapy in pill form in which I took the pills twice a day for two weeks, and then a week of rest, then repeated this for six months. I just had an MRI yesterday and I am one of the lucky ones, so far no sign of the cancer coming.

Comment from: Sarah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I recently had ablation surgery on the liver. The tumor was small, I was lucky. The tumor was the size of my thumb. Radio ablation was performed on the 8th quadrant of my liver. It was intrahepatic biliary cholangiocarcinoma.

Comment from: Sivle Yelserp, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 19

I was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in January 2014. I had terrible jaundice, itching and was unable to eat. Surgery was not possible, so I agreed to radiation. Stent placed allowed for very specific radiation. I went on an herbal program also for nine months. They had only one prior case so were uncertain as to the outcome. I still have an external tube which drains the bile duct internally that has to be changed every three months but all looks well at this point. Recently I lost a friend to this cancer, but his had spread to the stomach. I was fortunate to have early symptoms which sent me to the doctor prior to any spread. Just trying to stay healthy and positive. If you are reading this I hope you get some positive vibes from this post as there is not much positive out there.

Comment from: Wauda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I was diagnosed in 2008 with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, stage IV. I had a large mass in left lobe of liver. Gall bladder and left liver lobe were resected and I had adjuvant chemotherapy treatment. I was stable for two years. Four tumors showed in right liver lobe. It was inoperable at this point. I had chemotherapy treatments to reduce size for embolization. Not much change. I had radiation bead embolization via angiocatheter. The bile duct cancer was rendered inactive. I have been stable for four years this December. I will have MRI scan in January to check status. I am sharing this so that others may discuss radiation bead therapy with their oncologist. The procedure can also be repeated if needed.

Comment from: Visio204, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 05

My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cholangiocarcinoma when she started showing symptoms such as jaundice, sore stomach, etc. I wonder if this is a fast growing cancer.

Comment from: Lulabop, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I was diagnosed with inoperable intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) in January 2015. I had a biliary stent fitted to drain bile from my liver and vein stents put in to relieve the pressure that the tumor was putting on the hepatic veins. I have had 4 rounds of gem citations/cisplatin chemotherapy. CT scan in May showed stable disease which means there is no change size-wise in the tumor following the chemotherapy. It is now June 2015 and I am feeling reasonably well. I am on permanent antibiotics due to recurring infections of the biliary stent but apart from that am currently not receiving treatment. I am due to have another scan in August 2015. Following this I may have further chemotherapy.

Comment from: Bob C, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 16

In November 2010 I had nausea and pain on a cruise for a few days. Two weeks later same thing. Two weeks later, home for Christmas, same thing, but nausea continued and became jaundiced. Endoscopy showed bile duct blocked; stent relieved the symptoms. Two weeks later it was diagnosed as bile duct cancer. March 1/2011 I had Whipple procedure. I lost 60 lb. that I started regaining in April 2011. I had no chemotherapy, radiation or other treatment.

Comment from: Sunshine, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 27

My mother was diagnosed with external bile duct cancer 5 years ago. The only treatment offered was targeted internal radiation. There was a reduction in the size of the tumor but unfortunately there was extensive collateral damage to her liver and she passed away within 6 months of her treatment. If we had it to do over again we would not have elected this radiation treatment. I truly believe the damaging of her liver caused an earlier death.


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Comment from: MaryD, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I had chemotherapy for brain cancer and pancreatic cancer. Although I had colon cancer 3 years prior, this was my second primary cancer.


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