Mar 27, 2010 - 12:17 am
Cancer is so new to me and my family. First off, I'm on here because my family and I don't know where to turn and what to do.
My father speaks very little English so he relies on us (his children) to help. The day before Christmas, it was offical, my father was diagnosed with cancer (nasopharyngeal cancer). At first, my father was willing to go through radiation and chemotherapy. After thinking about all the complications and medical bills, my father refused to go through it.
We all cried and wanted him to go through it but then we said we have to support his decision because he is the one going through it and not us.
Now that he has refused treatment, does this mean no one will help him with anything else? My father can not eat. We have to pureed all his food. His motor strength has decreased as well.
We asked his primary doctor about referring him to see a specialist (Speech and Language Pathologist and/or Occupational Therapist) to help him with his feeding and motor strength. His primary doctor said that it is not his place and he can not refer him because it is the ENT's job. I called the ENT and he has refused to help my father because he refuses treatment.
My question: If my father refuses treatment, does that mean no one will help him at all? It just doesn't sound right to me. I understand my father refuses treatment but does that mean no one will help with his feeding and motor skills either?
We don't know what to do anymore.
Medical bills. Is there any programs out there that will help us pay for his medical bills? All of his screenings leading to his diagnose has cost alot, is there anything out there to help us?