Sep 12, 2012 - 8:24 am
Well, finally! Today was the last day of radiation for my Dad. He finished up 35 rads and 7 chemo (Cisplatin).
The onc/rad doctor said yesterday that for now everything looks good: lymph nodes are probably not palpable anymore, but he didn't touch his neck because it is very burned. But my Dad says also that he can't feel any nodes anymore.
His side effects are now the worst. He has a lot of mucous, but it does not worry him that much. He still has some saliva. But he can't eat anything but soup (beff soup without anything in it), due to so much pain. He does not have PEG. I don't know why, it never even was an option. He was physically strong and healthy and that's why it was probably never an option by doctors. But it worries me, because for a week now he eats only soup. He takes his pain meds that help a bit. My mom and I told that to doctor yesterday, but he said that things will get better and he will slowly start to eat again. He said that if he eats soup, then let him eat only soup, even for 10 times a day.
Those drivings to rads really exhausted him (80 miles one way - by ambulance car). I hope things will get better now at least that he can eat more because he will be at home. For those past days the problem was those drivings (he was away from home from 9 am to 3 pm). So I hope taht at least he will eat this soup more often now that he will be home every day.
So, for you out there who did not have PEG, when were you able to eat soft or mixed food again??? It worries me that soup will not be enough (even if he eats it 5 times a day)... Will he lose a lot of weight now? He already went down from 200 lbs to 171 lbs from the very beginning of tx.
Again, thanx for your wonderfull support those months. I don't know what I would do without you!