Dec 16, 2008 - 11:43 am
My Dad was supposed to have the surgery to remove the tumor on 12/11/08. The surgeon went in and the cancer has grown outside of the esophagus, around his aeorta, and around his stomach - so they closed him back up. We talked to the oncologist last night and was told that he could do chemo - it's not a cure but it will shrink it - may have to play around with the recipe. We asked what happens if we don't do chemo - the tumor in the esophagus will grow and eventually, he won't be able to swallow or the tumor will squezze the aeorta, and the tumor will end up pressing on vital organs and he would only have months to live.
For right now, our thoughts are to get him out of the hospital. As for treatments - I don't know if he can take more chemo, it was so hartd on him last time. The oncologist assures us that the reason it was so hard was because it given at the same time as the radiation. I also don't know if I can go through the chemo - sitting by and seeing him in so much pain and him being sick - he's wilting away and is in pain right now.
I am trying to be a trooper around everyone but all I really want to do is curl up in a ball all by myself and cry. I hate this disease and what it does to people - it's just not fair.
Is there anyone out there that is stage IV and couldn't have the surgery? If so, are you doing chemo and how are the effects without radiation? I know that everyone handles it differently but I would like to how you took it.