Nov 26, 2010 - 9:57 am
My father was diagnosed with EC Stage IV last December. The treatments have been able to clear up all of his mets except for one stubborn tumor in his liver. This one seems to be causing the biggest havoc on his body!! He's had a lot of pain which is now under control thank goodness; however, he's not been able to eat as much over the past month and a half. He went from having three meals a day to barely drinking a milkshake a day.
My mom had asked the oncologist if he needs a feeding tube and the doctor said it is something he does ONLY as a last resort option. I question this approach. My thought is to have him nutritionally sound so his body can continue to fight the cancer. It seems to me that if he's losing weight and not meeting his nutritional needs, this will become a slippery slope -- one he can't possibly recover from.
My father has been on marinol to help activate his appetite, but it seems the chemo, pain meds and cancer together are causing challenges for us.
I would be curious to know when people introduced feeding tubes and if they've been helpful. Thank you so much in advance!