Liver cancer treatment gives survivor chance to meet grandson

Sally Hargroves has always been active and full of energy, so when the Floridian became increasingly tired in 2010, she suspected something was wrong. Three different doctors told her it was just a side effect of being 65. “I really didn’t want to believe that; it just didn’t sit right,” she said. “I was getting ready to believe it until one doctor just put her hands on her hip and she said, ‘Well what do you want me to do about it – you want me to do an ultrasound?’ And I said, ‘Sure, why not?’” By the time Sally made it home from her ultrasound appointment, the doctor had left a frantic message on her answering machine. “She was dumbfounded that something was actually in my liver,” she says.  A liver cancer diagnosis An MRI performed the day before Thanksgiving 2010 confirmed that Sally had multiple tumors on her liver. After conferring with her local oncologist, she decided to seek further treatment and recalled advice she once heard from her physician father. “He said, ‘Anybody who has cancer, I don’t care where you live in the world, you go to MD Anderson.’ So that’s what I did,” she says.  In January 2011, Sally traveled to MD Anderson and met with Jean-Nicolas Vauthey, M.D., who confirmed that she had cholangiocarcinoma, a type of liver cancer. “Dr. Vauthey was fabulous,” she says. “He was always reassuring. He was very forthcoming. I appreciated him being direct. He was extremely personable.” Sally’s liver cancer treatment A month later, Sally returned to Houston for liver cancer treatment. Vauthey surgically removed the lobe with...