Mar 05, 2013 - 11:22 pm
Hi, I am new to this whole blog deal but I am in search of help or advice of some sort. My father, 53 years old, was diagnosed with Colon cancer last summer in July. He had the surgery done to remove it a week before my birthday. The surgeon reported that he had gotten rid of all the cancer and assured me everything would be fine in only a matter of months. My father has a colostomy bag of which he is not too fond of but he is learning that it is something he has to deal with. He just recently finished up his last chemotherapy about a month ago and everything checked out! He went back to get a scan and they found an object in his stomach. He then had to come back to get a biopsy. The results came back to show that what they found turned out to be cancer. And to make things worse it was stage four. To my understanding and from my readings the odds are against him. Something that scares me everytime I think about it.
I had to call the ambulance for him this past Thursday because he was having severe pain in his stomach. When we went in for his chemo the prior Monday the Nurse Practioner assured us it was just cramping from the chemo. But, when we went in my father was in major pain and turned out he had an obstructure in his stomach (something he was faced with at the very beginning of the Colon cancer). They believe that the cancer cells may have imbeded into his stomach and the chemo is burning through it. Or they believe the tumor is growing rapidly. Many possiblities. They went to do the irrigation and found that the stoma was very small. The nozzle could barely fit in there. So nothing solid is coming out, just liquid substances, which could mean the solid is backing up which could lead to obstructure. My theory at least, don't know how accurate it could be but they seem to have not ruled it out.
Tomorrow they will do a surgery to widen the stoma and hopefully relieve so much pain for my father.
I am 19 years old. My family is all in a different country. So it is just me and my dad. I do not know if I sound like a child for saying this or whatever but I really need my dad and do not want to lose him. So if anyone has advice for me to help my dad beat the odds it would be great. I love my dad very, very much and will listen to what ever advice I can get!
Thank you for taking the time out to read this!