Apr 30, 2013 - 9:06 pm
My dad has now had 6 rounds of chemo over the last 12 weeks. He is treated every other week with 5-FU and Oxaliplatin. Background, just in case you hadn't read it anywhere, he is stage 4, tumor at the junction...mets to liver and multiple lymph nodes, surgery not an option.
Next week he is going for his first scan since chemo started. Although he has been feeling pretty good, aside from some neuropathy and nausea during the treatment and minimally thereafter, I am preparing myself for all scenarios.
He opted not to get a second opinion at the onset, I think he just wanted to get things going, but we talked and he is not opposed to getting a second opinion after we get the CT results next week. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for hospitals in my area? I know you have posted some great information for people so I thought I would ask you for your thoughts. We live in northern NJ about an hour NW of New York City. I am just curious if it is better to go to the "big" hospitals where they have a tremendous amount of experience with it. I would think if surgery ever became an option, you wouldn't want to have it anywhere else. I am ok with his treatment thus far, and it seems like he is receiving the same "cocktail" as many others but I don't want to be unprepared.
I would appreciate any thoughts and info you may have.