Jan 06, 2010 - 7:45 pm
Hi my name is Shar I am now taking care of my dad after his surgery. My dad was diagnosed with esophageal cancer last sept. and had done chemo up to Nov. My dad had his esophagogastrectomy, with regional lymph node dissection. I got his pathology report and really don't understand it much. Dr. did say after surgery that it does not look like it spread anyway else, but later said it was in 4 of the 24 lymph nodes (3/9 paraesophageal lunmph nodes and 1/15 gastric lymph nodes) Absent of carcinoma at the proximal and distal surgical margins, however, tumore is present at the inked radial margin. Tumor was 2x1.6cm And Dr. said that he would have to go back to the oncologist for more chemo. :(
My dad did ok with the surgery , was in ICU for three days on morphine and all the tubes. Day 4 was stepped down to another room with drain tubes still in. My dad has a large incision about 8 in on his stomach, a small incision on his side about 3 in, and a incision on his back about 10 in. I was told they had to inflat his lung during surgery. After 10 days dad was discharged from hospital with no tubes, he was home for Christmas : ) But the day before New Years Eve he was admitted back into hosp. because his back incision was infected and Dr. did not like the way he looked, it turned out he had a touch on phenomia , he was back on IV and antibiotics and stay in there for 4 days.
He is now home with me and still not eating much at all, his dr. said that he will not have any appetite until 6 weeks and after 6 weeks it will come back, and he will lose weight, he really doen't have much more left, probably down to 120lbs. He said not to push food so much but do push the liquids, and breathing machine.
My dad is on percocet, which is drying him out, and has tried to not take it but then gets to irritable and achy. So now he is on 1/2 of 5 mg in the morning and half at night. Most of the pain was his rib pain where they cut in surgery.
I just feel helpless, because I cant help him as much as I would like. I keep trying to give him something I think he would like , my fridge is stocked with all this stuff and he wont eat any of it but morsels. So now I am just pushing the liquids. he is going on week 4 post op. I can see he gets depressed at times. My dad is 76yrs. and a fighter, infact, he remodled his bathroom inbetween chemo and his surgery, and told me that he would be fine after 3 days after surgery, he brought his keys to the hospital incase he wanted to drive home, I told him that it was fine to be optimistic, but, don't be surprised if he was staying with me for a couple of weeks afterwards.
I don't know what my question is exactly , but I guess I want to know if I am doing everything I can for him. They never gave me a stage for his cancer, don't know if that is good or bad. : / I know somewhat about cancer and chemo since I was diagnosed with Breast cancer 10 yrs ago and had a lumphectomy and chemo/rads. But I don't think that even compairs to what he is going through.