Feb 25, 2003 - 12:00 am
My name is Tom, I'm 50 yrs old, and was just diagnosed with HCC, Stage II. I think I'll be going before the transplant team next week to see if I qualify. Right now I'm confused, and don't know what to expect. I'm willing to do whatever I have to, but at the same time I'm honestly not afraid of dying. My oncologist spoke with me about partial hepatectomy, but siad he doubted the remaining lobe would be able to carry the load. He spoke of transplant, but then had some reasons that may preclude me from that option as well. He insists that surgery is the treatment of choice in my case, and is going to try to get me on the transplant list, but it all left me confused. I've done some research, and I know that short of a transplant, there isn't much hope for more than three to five years. All the other approaches seem to be basically palliative. I guess I'm just reaching out for someone to talk to who has been through this. If there's anyone out there willing to just talk, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Thanks!