Apr 21, 2007 - 1:50 pm
my dad was diagnosed in march with medullary thyroid cancer which spread to lymph nodes, spine, pelvis and skull. he is getting 12 radiation treatments to his back and thyroid. Everything I've read shows surgery to be the first line of defense, but the surgeon said his tumor was wrapped around too many things and would be too risky at this time as dad is having no trouble eating or swallowing. The bone pain is excrutiating and drs say the radiation will help with this so his morphine dose can be lowered. Anyone out there have a similar situation--can you tell me what we're looking at here? I hate to see him in pain like this, he's lost 60 pounds and due to the pain, he hasn't done much of anything for the last year. Will the radiation help him out? If he's not operated on, what can we expect to run into? Thanks for listening and for any info.