Sep 19, 2012 - 1:29 pm
I haven't posted anything for months. My dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer in Feb (7 months ago). He's done treatment after treatment with different cocktails of chemo. He has a kidney stone the size of a large olive and gall stones now. The chemo is working - it fixed the esophagus, but his liver is still covered by 20% of the cancer. And there's an unknown spot on his lung now. Technically, he started with esophagus cancer.
He doesn't sleep at all. Naps on and off all day, and he is very depressed right now. So much, his seratonin levels "were off the charts" his dr said this week, so they have him on depression meds. He is 70 yrs young.
They live in Little Rock, Arkansas, and I am here in California. It is so painful that they are so far away. :( All I have is my email and phone to stay connected.
He is 5'10" and 151 lbs now. He's always been in the 180-190 range. My mom says he getting more pale.
His health is declining some because of the effects of the cancer and the chemo: Continue with treatment or stop treatment and concentrate on healing the side-effects of depression, fatigue and feeling "blah", for a higher quality of life. He's choosing treatment. They gave him an Ativan to help with depression. Vibryd, to take regularly if wanted.
Medical Marijuana is outlawed in the state of Arkansas, so he can't take that. I don't know why they moved there, so don't ask. :)
Can anyone give any advice or thoughts as to what is right? Continue with chemo or just be more comfortable without? He feels awful. Is the end near for him? Or is there HOPE that he might be able to power past this ugly cancer, and get better?
Honest, friendly thoughts welcome. :)
Thank you all for your support,