Mar 25, 2014 - 1:36 am
My father is receiving radiation treatments for kidney cancer (Stage IV, RCC- poorly differentiated cell type). He is to receive a total of 15 radiation treatments and has had half of them already. Before the radiation, he had enough energy. He could walk around (though not stand for extended period of time); he could talk with others, and was mentally active. During radiation, he feels very much "down", he has almost no energy. He is resting or sleeping almost all the time, and when up, you can see the fatigue, it seems much more than "being tired" and has taken serious physical and mental toll. He has been stoic this whole time, but I can see he is concerned about the way he feels now. We knew that some amount of fatigue was to be expected but it is rather severe.
Do you have any advice for a caregiver in this situation? Is there anything I should be helping him with- in terms of diet, in terms of helping with him with energy levels. He has had diarrhea as well although not naseau. As a note, his white blood cell count and platelet count is down considerably (and they are taking him off the targeted treatment tablets for a few days). Any advice is appreciated.