Jul 14, 2011 - 11:39 am
My dad was diagnosed with Liver Cancer in April of this year. The cancer has spread into his bones as well. On April 29th he started Chemo (4 Nexavar tablets daily). A week later he had severe mouth ulcers. He came off Nexavar for one week and received medicine to help with the ulcers. He was then placed on a reduced dosage of Nexavar (2 tablets daily). He had regular blood work, which were showing that his cancer cell count was dropping. This was positive news and gave us hope. He also receives monthly fusions for bone strength.
Even with the good news about cancer cells dropping, he continued to get weaker and weaker and was restritcted to a recliner nearly 24x7. He got to the point where he was so weak and out of breath just getting out of the chair whipped him. He also continues to lose weight. His weight has dropped from 200 to 149 since April. On July 5th we took him to the hospital and he was admitted. Today is July 14th and he is still in the hospital. He has pneumonia, dehydration, and severe diahrea. He needed to have 2 liters of fluid pumped off his lungs. He still has some more fluid on his lungs and cannot eat. He was moved out of ICU yesterday, but still remains extremely weak and ill. A CT scan was performed and showed that the cancer has worsened. The doctor has advised that he will need to stop taking Nexavar.
Do you think that Nexavar was the best treament option for my dad and what lies ahead? Are there any alternative treatment options?
Any comments are appreciated. Its a very difficult time. I hate to see Dad suffer like this and want to see him get some reflief.