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5/10/2017 Latest post:
After a week of not feeling well, Kris went to a local immediate care facility on Friday, April 21, 2017, where they detected unusually high liver enzymes in his urine. He was immediately sent to the Emergency Department at Tanner Medical Center in Villa Rica, GA. During diagnostic testing, Kris received a CT scan that showed 2 masses on his liver; one mass was believed to be an abscess and the other was unknown. Upon those test results, Kris was immediately admitted. Per Kris' request he was transferred on Saturday to Emory St. Joseph's hospital where he received further testing and an MRI of the 2 masses. On Tuesday a drain tube was inserted into the abscess in an attempt drain any infectious fluid in the liver and a biopsy was taken of the other liver mass. On Wednesday afternoon, just 5 days after being admitted into the hospital, he received the preliminary results of the biopsy: cancer. A rare and aggressive cancer of the liver known as a Cholangiocarcinoma (i.e. Bile Duct Cancer). Upon further inspection, 2 lymph nodes outside of the liver were enlarged, leading doctors to believe that the cancer had metastasized. Kris' cancer is especially rare for his early age of only 34 and is inoperable. He has been told that at this point, chemotherapy and or radiation will be his only option for treatment.