May 10, 2010 - 12:25 am
My father in law was diagnosed a week ago with stomach cancer. They've since done an endoscopy and determined that it is stage 3 and was found in nearby lymph nodes tested. They did a PET scan this past friday but we do not yet know what has been found. They put a port in on Thursday and he's supposed to start Chemo treatments on Monday....they are saying 4-6 wks of chemo, surgery removing part of the stomach, and then radiation...
What I want to know, is it normal to be in SO much pain?! HE is taking a double dose of liquid narcotic painkiller....he can barely eat, has lost 20-30 pounds. All he ate yesterday was 1/2 cup of icecream. He takes the medicine, sleeps for a couple hours, has about 40 good minutes, then the last 30-45 min until he can take another dose he's in terrible pain. Just doesn't seem that it is a good sign.
He's 70, VERY active, hikes, travels regularly, eats very healthfully -doesn't smoke/drink....he is healthier than I am, and I'm 31!
Can stage 3 really turn around and be cured? I don't want to sound hopeless, but I also want to know what we're in for.
Right now I seriously think that my mil and fil both think that the chemo treatment on monday will make him feel better. Huh? Is that possible? Any advice?