Nov 11, 2010 - 3:25 pm
My dad was diagnosed with liver cancer on his birthday in March of 2010. The doctor reports were ambiguous from the beginning. Initially the doctors told us it has spread but upon confirmation that the cancer was contained in the liver, my dad became eligble for liver surgery. this surgery was performed at Sloan Kettering. My dad's liver cancer was severe because he has cirrosis and hepatitis c therefore we were shocked n excited that the surgery was a choice for him. In june 2010 my dad went through the surgery. Immediately after surgery the day of, the surgeon informed me that he "saw a lot more cancer than he had expected." This was surprising because right before my dad was wheeled in a physicians assistant stated that Sloan did the most comprehensive and accurate testin. nevertheless, my dad took the surgery like a champ. He is 73 years old and he has other illnesses working against him. I always wondered if surgery causeing the cancer to spread was a myth. Although many people and doctors told me know, I believe it to be true: reason being my dads liver cancer has now spread outside of the liver. During surgery the surgeon performed radio frequency ablation and he removed two of the tumors he also said that removing the others would have risked my dad's life on the table. Sloan ketterin informed my dad that he had 4-6 months to live and they sent him to the oncologist who in turn directed my dad back to the oncologist he was originally with but he had left because they prescribed him nexavar and told him wish for the best. My dad has been on Nexavar for several weeks his only complaints are diarreha and fatigue and recntly high blood pressure. The doctors say don't worry keep taking the medicine. This is emotionally frustrating. People who do not know when death is coming are better off not knowing. Before the surgery my dad was on the Nexavar for a couple of weeks and he had a lot of bleeding he was also yellow (jaundice) from the cancer but the yellowish color went away after surgery. Only God knows when it is a persons time to go. My dad was diagnosed in March and it has been 7 months and he is going strong he is determined to hold on, God bless him. We were optimistic before the surgery because we were informed that the result would be a significant prolonging of his like possibly years.