My Father was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer spread to lymph nodes 3 years ago. He had a total gastorectomy surgery and has been on numerous chemo and radiation treatments prior to the surgery and after. This was 2 years ago. He was cancer free and a survivor for about 6 months when we got the news that it had come back...this time surrounding his intestines. He was labeled palliative and for the last year and a half has been on chemo treatments every 3 weeks.......
Recently about 3 weeks ago he had just finished his routine chemo treatments, b/c he cannot drink a lot of water the home care nurses come to the house after his chemo at the hospital, to hydrate him through his port. Prior to his treatment he was complaining that it seemed as if he couldn't eat as much as he normally could the last couple of years since his surgery. After his chemo treatment it went downhill. He was hospitalized and has been in the hospital for the last 3 weeks. He cannot eat or drink anything orally although he has tried, it just comes back up and he was violently ill, throwing up what looked bile anytime he tries to eat or drink. He feels nausea pretty much 24/7 and is on a strong anti-nausea medication via IV. He also has TPN bag via his port as well. He is so exhausted that he cant even try to eat or drink as of today b/c it takes so much out of him getting sick all of the time.
He feels some pressure in his torso area, and has a lot of days where he is just so exhausted and throwing up even though he hasn't eaten in 3 weeks (just the TPN). We've had a few doctors look at him, and at first they thought it was just bad side effects from chemo, CT scans have been done, scopes have been done along with numerous blood tests and everything appears okay nothing is showing up. Then there was talk of a possible tumor or blockage but like I've said nothing has shown up.
We are worried and have asked his current physician and oncologist to refer him to another hospital where they have more resources and one that specializes in gastrointestinal cancers, etc.
Our doc has forwarded information to a hospital that is bigger and specializes in gastrointestinal cancers etc (where his surgery was performed) and we are now waiting on that hospital to get back to our doc. I'm frustrated! Has anyone been through this before? He is starving, and losing so much weight, and on TPN all day, he is getting weak, and exhausts very easily.....we have no answers at all and dont know what to think! Feel so helpless....if anyone has anything to add please I appreciate it.
I don't want to push on the medical staff....but perhaps its time for a second opinion....I just feel helpless b/c we are waiting on that second opinion to get back to us and it's almost been a week!
Thanks for listening and God Bless, keeping everyone who is going through struggles with cancer in my prayers...