May 21, 2004 - 7:07 am
Hi to all. I am very new to discussions so hope I don't ramble too much. My Dad was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer - neuroendocrine tumors in the liver - some two years ago. He has had the standard treatments - chemo, radio - and also the newer ones Radiofrequency ablation, SIR-Spheres and only two weeks ago commenced the Cetuximab or Erbitux treatment. He is now in hospital with liver failure, unable to do anything except lie in bed and sleep. Occassionally he mumurs a few words which sometimes make sense and sometimes make no sense. Our only consolation is that he doesn't seem to know what is going on as if he did, he would be very upset. He has been such an independent and strong man all his life and has only just turned 65. Anyway, his oncologist is suggesting that giving him more dexamethasone may reduce the tumors a little and bring his mind back from the foggy place it now resides. Has anyone had any experience on dexamethasone in this situation ie. when the situation looks fairly grim. At this point, we don't know what to believe as all the previous treatments were supposed to have worked but none did. My heart goes out to all who are suffering through this devastating disease and I will have you all in my prayers. Thank you, Linda.