Rachel'smom, no, I didn't have a transplant. I went to Mayo because I thought I would need one when I was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma...and the tumor took up most of the rt. lobe of my liver. However, it had metastasized to the inferior vena cava, a large vessel that comes off the liver. The tumor had grown into it. Therefore, I didn't qualify for transplant or even surgery at that time. What saved me was a combination of chemoembolization and a study drug, TheraSphere. I underwent both of these, a couple of months apart, and they shrunk the tumor and the metastasized part--and basically killed it--as well as the rt. lobe. So they then removed the right lobe. The cancer was the result of hep C, which I still have. I'm not under treatment for it. At this time, it's not felt that it is very aggressive, and I'm reluctant to be sick for 48 wks., which is what happens with the combo treatment.
Aside from the hep C, and feeling fatigued all the time, I'm basically healthy. I have a condition known as osteonecrosis (bone death) which necessitated me having bilateral hip replacements in 2002 and '03. They weren't done correctly, so I've had to have 2 revisions of the left one and one of the right one (just this past Aug.) While ON can show up in other large joints, I'm hoping it won't with me and that I'm done with orthopedic surgery.
Since a stent was placed in your dad's bile duct, that will open up the duct and stabilize him for now.
If your dad isn't alcoholic, he could possibly be referred for transplant. You should ask if he is a candidate or if they plan to refer him for transplant. Given his current problems, they might be able to fast track the evaluation process.
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