Dec 23, 2003 - 8:19 pm
Hello. About two months ago, my father started complaining that his belly was continuing to grow, despite being on a diet. It was getting to the point where he could not breathe well, and so we took him in the hospital, where they gave a preliminary diagnosis of cirrhosis with ascites, and primary liver cancer. One month later they have confirmed that through a liver biopsy.
What is so distressing is that his doctors say that there is no effective treatment other than palliative. He is too old (72) and has too many lesions (3 - including one near the portal vein) to be considered for a transplant, and resection or chemotherapy would be too taxing on his already impaired liver to survive the treatment. They've given him 4-6 months to live.
My mother and siblings have tried to be encouraging for him, but our optimism is dimming. Has anyone else experienced this kind of diagnosis? Is there truly no hope for him?