Mar 26, 2004 - 7:48 pm
My father has liver cancer due to hepatitis B, and he has a blot clot that has developed because the diseased tissue--which measure 13 centimeters across, three lesions that grew into one--is pressing against a vein. His stomache and ankle swell with water, and he cannot eat because of the discomfort this causes him. He weighs less than 110 pounds now. After initial plans to begin chemo, those treatments are cancelled because he is too weak to have them. At this time last year, he felt fine--this decline has happened within the last six months. He has OK days and bad days, depending on when they drain his belly. My question is: Is there hope? How do we determine whether it is better to continue seeking treatment vs. pallative care and hospice? Also, does the water retention ever stop? He is not in pain--it is the pressure that really wipes him out. Any advice is greatly appreciated.