May 25, 2011 - 9:25 am
Hi guys - my father (63) was diagnosed with nsclc, stage 3B, the first of February 2011.
He underwent 6 weeks of radiation and 5 rounds of chemo (cisplatin). As of yesterday (5/24), it's been two weeks since his treatment ended.
The docs (radiologist and oncologist) were all telling us dad is a fast healer and we should start seeing improvement rather quickly.
Well, as of today (5/25), dad's still VERY fatigued (sleeping most of the day) - and he is only able to swallow small amounts of food/liquid at a time (when we can talk him into eating or drinking). He does have a feeding tube - and that's where he gets the bulk of his nutrition.
He's also very disoriented when he wakes up, and can hardly go more than 5 steps before he needs to sit down and take a 'breather.' He is also on oxygen 24/7 now.
He does have emphysema and we've been told by his respiratory therapist that his lungs have been 'agitated' by the radiation - I think that is an understatment; thus, the need for the oxygen.
Our family is so new to all of this - I was hoping someone out there had been through the same thing and could tell me whether or not it's too early to see any type of real 'improvement.' I keep telling my mother to be patient - and his oncologist told us yesterday that it would probably be 6-8 weeeks before any real signs of improvement.
Does this sound normal (as 'normal' as it can be with cancer) to you guys who've gone through this?
thanks so much!