Sep 08, 2009 - 9:33 pm
My father who is 86 has been diagnosed with Cancer in his bile duct/pancreas. He is not a surgery candidate because he has had heart problems and currently uses a pacemaker. He is also pretty weak as is and the docs told him he would run too much risk to do the surgery.
He has decided to do a weekly session of chemo for 3 weeks and then rest the 4th week. This cycle will continue until the dr sees a change in the tumor.
I have always heard that chemo destroys a person even quicker than the cancer on it's own. I see how frail he is already and it terrifies me to even think of him getting any weaker. I went with him to the dr appointment and asked about him becoming more weak. The dr said that this type of chemo would not even make him loose hair!? He said that he should see no symptoms at all? How can this be? I just don't trust the medical field like I once did.
Please...if anyone has any suggestions or stories (good or bad)...I would really appreciate it! My dad wants to fight but I know that if he was going to fight this Cancer and shorten his life by doing so, he would rather live a longer life with it!
I greatly appreciate it!