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You may not have heard of Cholangiocarcinoma, a liver cancer occuring within the bile ducts. It is not one of the most commonly occurring cancers - although incidence is increasing worldwide - but it's effects are swift and devastating.
My brother, David, was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma in March 2013 having some months earlier been mis-diagnosed & treated for diverticulitus. Lack of awareness amongst professionals means this cancer is often missed in it's early stages, treatment options are currently limited and it is associated with a high mortality rate - most patients having survival rates of less than 12 months
At the time of diagnosis David was told he had two weeks to live. He was admitted to hospital straight away and died just 15 days later. It was his 5th wedding anniversary and he left a young widow. His family in the UK had no time to fly and support him during this time.
AMMF is the only registered charity in the UK raising funds for research into Cholangiocarcinoma. Their objectives are to raise awareness of cholangiocarcinoma, to support research for find the causes, identify methods of earlier diagnosis and treatments.
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