My father also was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December. The doctors opted for surgery first.
My dad is 75 and before surgery had lost 30 lbs.
Just before surgery he was put on TPN therapy which perked him up and put weight on him.
His surgery was 4 weeks ago.
He is now down in weight again and even more.
It's a total of 40 lbs. now.
His mood is very low, he looks awful, he has NO appetite, No energy to move even. He is waisting away.
The oncologist wanted to start chemo and radiation last week but that is impossible now because he is not gaining weight or strength.
The doctors have now put him on Zoloft thinking this will help his mood and appetite.
My question is what about the TPN? I think that would be a better choice.
Could something else be going on?
The oncologist has told my mother that there are MANY lymph nodes involved. What does that mean for his surviving this?
Can anyone give me some insight to what to even ask the doctors?
Thank you for your time.