On August 10th, we received unexpected news regarding an ultrasound and CT Scan. The following week, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma was diagnosed after a liver biopsy. Cholangiocarcinoma is a very rare, aggressive form of cancer that originates inside the biliary ducts. Because of it’s rareness, Susan is seeking care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City with some of the nation’s top specialists in this type of cancer. She starts chemotherapy on September 1st, with hopes of also joining clinical trials. We are still awaiting genetic testing of the tumors to result to see what other options exist in terms of targeted therapy and immunotherapy. But for all that know Susan, she is staying positive and is ready to fight this!
Susan is the mother of two daughters, Danielle and Rachael. Rachael is taking a leave of absence from teaching so she can be available to help with driving back and forth to NYC. Susan loves to spoil her granddaughter Aster and is looking forward to welcoming a grandson in March, maybe even on her own birthday! She has been a valuable member of the Bethlehem community working with the town’s senior citizens and is taking a leave while undergoing treatment.