Dec 03, 2008 - 6:24 pm
My name is Michael, I am a 67 year old Chinese male born in China and grew up in the New York City area.
Easter this year I had my gall bladder removed at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC where I had had a colon resection in May of 2006. The gall bladder was determined to be infected and was removed.
The pathology report indicated that there was high grade dysplaysia. The surgeon who I was referred to, first told us that they will keep me under observation. Not much later, MSK recommended that the the gall bladder stump be removed.
At the end of October I had my operation.The surgeon after the operation reported to my wife that he was shocked to find a cancerous tumor which he removed along with lymph nodes 4 of which were cancerous. He was able to do a resection of the bile duct.
The presentation was Bile Duct Cancer and that was confirmed by the pathology report. Fortunately no other organs were affected, nor was this related to the the previous colon cancer. All good news.
This is a rare cancer and will be treated by chemotherapy (Gemzar -Gemcitabine Hydrochloride and 5-FU Fluorouracil) and radiation. I will be starting my treatment at MSK before the Christmas holidays.
I am interesting in connecting with those who also have been diagnosed with Bile Duct Cancer, along with any individuals in who have suggestions about peer support groups or cancer coaches in NYC.