Nov 30, 2011 - 8:42 pm
Hi New Familia...hope everyone is holding strong.
Just wondering if anyone had any insight into chemotherapy/radiation issues or concerns that I may need to know about...My Dad only has "one kidney that is not working so well"?
My father 74 was diagnosed with EC on 11/7/11...staging not complete. So far from testing and what we are being told he is ..Stage II - T3,N0,G1 ---M???? We are still pending results from a biopsy taken today (EUS) to determine if my Dad has pancreas cancer (lite up on the PET test) or just esophageal or both??? Either way per the doctors if cancer is present in the pancreas he jumps from a Stage II to a Stage IV. So we are just praying and thinking positive that he is a Stage II and we are just focusing on that road ahead. If this is the case we still have a worrisome road to travel due to my fathers other health conerns.
Here are some of Dad's other health issues that concern the doctors regarding the chemo and surgery. A suggestion was brought up to just do "RADIATION ONLY"????? Is this going to help? They want to shrink and kill the bad cancers cell to operate?
1)Kidney - 1 kidney (10% FUNCTIONING) - fistula surgery in 2009 because the doctors thought he would be on dialysis within the following 6-9 months. He still to this day is not on dialysis he is doing it by the grace of god. He watches what he eats and has eliminated many things that would jepordize his kidney fuction which is very low. "He does not want to go on dialysis"...My feeling is to take the lessor of two evils...but he never wants to be on diaylsis!!!!.....HIS NEW DIET TO AVOID DIALYSIS ALSO MEANS ELIMINATING ALOT OF VEGATABLES THAT HELPS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, which from what I hear isn't going to help being on chemo/radiation treatments. We already know "CISPLATIN" is out of the questions cause it causes kidney damage!!!!!!!!
A suggestion was brought up to just do "RADIATION ONLY" because the chemo will shut his kidney fuction down????? Is this going to help? They want to shrink and kill the bad cancers cell to operate do both treatments need to happen to do this? But doesn't treatment also kill the "good cancer cells"? But in the same sense isn't the chemo and radiation going to make my father even weaker? How will he survive the surgery? To many "how's"...to many "but's".
I feel like if we touch my father he will break and if we don't touch him he will break???
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you...God Bless...you all are always in my thoughts and prayers!!!!
Dawn Marie - For Calabrian Fighter Joe