Aug 01, 2001 - 11:44 am
My dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer more than a year ago. He has had a couple of recurrences with continued loss of skills, especially in the area of mobility. It's my understanding that the cancer is in his nerves and he has had longstanding problems with pain. He is hospitalized again with unmanageable pain. Oral pain meds no longer work. He is on a PCA and had an intrathecal pump placed with morphine going into his spine. This is still not treating the pain. I am worried that he is actively dying, but can find no one on the medical team to talk with. He has a surgeon and a pain control doc. I visit at the hospital but my dad is angry and uncomfortable. Can anyone make a suggestion about how to advocate for better pain relief for him and answers for myself?