My dad had Esophageal Cancer Surgery end of July 2012. He had his surgery at Shands in Gainesville by a great doctor. He was in great hands and I thank god that we caught it and he was able to have the surgery!
Since his surgery he has lost (to date) 65 pounds. This is within 3 months. He is not eating at all. When I say not eating, I mean not eating. He may eat a 1 piece of fruit for the whole day, or a piece of toast. That's it. He says when he eats he feels like throwing up and feels terrible. He also complains that everything tastes extrememly salty (even when there is no salt in the food). He obviously is very low on energy and weak and just feels like crap all the time.
Is all this normal? Since his Dr. is at Shands which is 3 hours away it's kind of hard for him to make an appointment and walk in. He has called there and spoken to the nurse pract. who informs him it is completely normal.
I understand this is a MAJOR surgery, but it just seems like he should be starting to feel "a little" better by now.
He was rehospitalized after the surgery for dehydration already. I don't want to see that happen again. But he is very stubborn and won't eat and drinks very little.
Has anyone else experienced this?