Hello everyone. First, I have looked on this site off and on for a while. There are so many brave and inspirational people on here and I truly appreciate you all sharing your good and bad news in a public forum that helps so many people better understand this terrible disease.
My Dad was diagnosed in January 2011 at the age of 66 with adenocarcinoma and was staged T3N1 and was deemed a candidate for surgery. He went through a cycle of chemo and radiation prior to his esophagectomy in late April 2011 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. After recovering from the surgery he had a great 8 months. Then in April 2012 he started feeling fatigued again and numerous rounds of blood tests were conducted. By late June they finally did a CAT scan and bad news...the cancer was back in numerous spots in both lobes of his liver. He really didn't have any pain or issues up to this point other than fatigue.
Post Stage IV diagnosis
His oncologist in central Illinois determined a three drug combo would be best to try and beat the cancer back. He is taking F-5 infusion, taxatore and platinol. The first few days were not bad but by day 5 or 6 a sore throat was starting and bad mouth sores had arrived. He is on special mouth washes, pain meds and it is still impossible to eat because it hurts so bad to swallow. His White blood cell counts are also extremely low so they have just decided to admit to the hospital for a 23 hour check today with preventative antibiotics, fluids and additional tests.
I am wondering if anyone has had similar issues with these specific drugs or the mouth sores, sore throat etc. and have any ideas that might help. Also, does anyone know how long these sores and or rawness can last?
Thanks you for reading. Good luck to everyone fighting this disease!