May 29, 2013 - 7:31 am
Hi. My Dad has begun chemo and radiation together to treat his esophageal cancer. Although the cancer was relatively small and had no spread together with the medical team Dad has decided not to go for surgery at this point. He is 78 and it is believed the risks (including quite a high chance of reoccurence) are too great at his age. We are really hopeful for a cure without surgery.
Anyway he has began treatment which includes radiation and oral chemotherapy 4 days a week and on the fifth day radiation and intravenous chemo. This regime has been going for two weeks and today they couldn't do the intravenous chemo as his electrolytes were all over the place. He was put on a drip for a couple of hours and told his bloodwork should be fine by tomorrow but he wont have the iv chemo again until next week. It is a 5-6 week treatment plan all up. He will continue with the chemo tablets though Just wondering how common this is?
Also, I am wondering how long it normally takes after treatment begins before swallowing improves. Dad can still eat most things but has to chew his food very finely in order to avoid discomfort. This discomfort seems to have got worse since the treatment began which I understand is due to inflammation caused by radiation.