Apr 02, 2014 - 1:47 am
Hello to a wonderful group! My dad was just diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He is undergoing all of the diagnostic exams right now, so we don't have information about staging, but his team is tentatively planning a radiation/chemotherapy series of treatments and then surgery after that. I have spent a lot of time online - sometimes a very big mistake - but the one thing that keeps coming up is keeping weight and strength up (before, during, and after treatment/surgery). Right now, my dad can swallow - slowly - on his own, but I'd like to know if anyone has some suggestions about how to increase the caloric levels of the nutritional formulas that he's now reliant on. He's already relatively thin and very active/athletic, at the age of 76, and I'd love to know how to increase his weight. Many thanks to everyone; I've spent a lot of time on this forum and am so appreciative, even in the midst of all of the anxiety and fear, of your presence here and your willingness to be so open and helpful.