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Two life threatening problems solved with one unusually rare surgery

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Juan Cueto was facing two life-threatening diseases – cancer and liver disease. UT Southwestern’s transplant team was able to address both conditions in one surgery.

Juan Cueto did not feel sick. But he was rapidly losing weight and devastated with the knowledge that he had two life threatening health issues – cancer and a liver disease.

Doctors in another state told him there was no treatment; only a liver transplant would cure him of the primary sclerosing cholangitis he was diagnosed with in 2012. He was told this liver disease could lead to bile duct cancer – and it did.

“It was very frustrating. I felt like, ‘How long do I have?’ You start thinking about your kids, your future. Your life is going down,” said Mr. Cueto, a 46-year-old electrical engineer who lives in Frisco.

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