Apr 13, 2013 - 9:25 pm
My dad was diagnosed the day before Thanksgiving in 2012. Luckily, it was Limited stage. It was primarliy present in the lymph nodes in his right lung which were actually HUGE. We rushed to get him to MD Anderson and he started treatment within a few weeks. He had both lung radiation, and, because his hearing is impaired, he had 4 stages of Carboplatin (Instead of Cisplatin) and Etoposide. He had a CAT scan after, and they determined that the lymph nodes were shrunken, almost completely (one are two are still above normal size, but the Radiation Dr. said that is expected). The two tiny tumors in his right lung were gone. Two weeks ago, he finished his PCR.
My dad had no problems with the chemo or the radiation to his lung. Don't get me wrong. Every side effect that was written and he knew about, he thought he had. I and we are understanding, and you cannot understand how much we love him unconditionally, plus depend on him! We know the disease, but it was almost like he had a nervouse breakdown. The PCR has really thrown him for a loop! He is burned on his head and has sores behind his ears. He tries to do things and gets dizzy and weak. He also coughs uncontrollably when he exerts himself. You also have to understand that he is a very strong (physically) man.
I am very concerned about two things: Dementia and the cancer returning. First, he is confused more than ever and cannot relay a conversation with any accuracy, but he can still do anything mathematical that needs to be done. Second, I want him to do whatever can be done to prevent it from returning.
Do any of you have proven diet recommendations and have any of you experienced a change in mental capacity after diagnosis/treatment?