My father in law has stage 4 Adenocarcinoma in the lower esophagus.
He's completed only two sessions of chemo, which he was tolerating well.
He was still eating solids, even sandwiches, until about a week ago. Then he suddenly had trouble even with liquids. Started to lose weight quickly.
Oncologist put off next chemo session by a week.
GI doc placed esophageal stents on Friday. Had to kind of force them in there. Got things opened up to 1 cm in diameter.
They sent him home with 9/10 pain and high blood pressure (170s/110). Only Tylenol pm for pain.
He says pain has been awful all weekend. Still only taking in water, juice, soup broth, some puree.
Any advice out there?? Better pain meds for one.
If things don't improve soon he may need a tube. He's in a clinical trial. I wonder if minimally invasive surgery or radiation would have been better for him, but might have disqualified him from continuing with the trial.
At this point hopefully he recovers from the procedure soon. It's been 2.5 days now.