Jan 25, 2012 - 12:49 am
To get you all on the same page:
My father was dx with stomach cancer last year. He beat it by taking a pill form of chemo called Gleevec. The cancer went away.
Fastforward to now. The cancer is back. He took another pill form of chemo known as Sutent. This pill put him in the hospital with a failing liver. The reason they put him on Sutent was because when the stomach cancer came back, it came back with a vengeance. Since Gleevec didn't work this time around, they tried this. I guess it's a much more powerful chemo.
They couldn't operate because the tumors were large and everywhere. Why they didn't remove his stomach, I don't know, I guess because it had maybe spread elsewhere (I'm going to ask him why they didn't do that)
Clinical Trials are a no go due to multiple problems caused by the Sutent. Doctors best advice at this point is to update the will / 5 wishes.
Thanks for hanging in there, now the REAL QUESTION.
What types of holistic care could my dad explore and do to help maintain his quality of life. He's a very positive man, lots of hope. I just want to make sure that he eats well and explores all his options to live or maybe even still beat this cancer. I know there isn't much hope for him surviving for a long time, but I wanna know that at least there's something that he can actively do.
What types of foods can help slow or maintain a healthy stomach. Are these any drinks out there? Any types of treatments he can explore to keep him healthy and happy.
Any and all advice is welcome and appreciated. Thanks for all your time (sorry this was so long)