I am SO thankful to have found this web site...I know that the answers to all of my questions can be found on here, but I just wanted to throw my story out there and see what I got back.
My father was diagnosed with CC in April 2010. I don't know what else to say about that except that we are being optimistic and are thankful to have this time with him. As his only daughter my last wish is to dance with him on my wedding day which is in 8 months.
My mother and I are just hoping to get some answers to our basic questions. And maybe if he sees this post and sees people respond to his specific story, it will help motivate him.
Here is what I know. In April when he was diagnosed, we found it because he was in pain and went to the ER. He had a blood clot in his lungs and had the jaundice. The tumor is wrapped around the hepatic artery and therefore inoperable. He is now starting what I believe is his fourth round of chemo. He started in June going once a week for two weeks and then one week off. His MRI after the first rounds showed that the cancer had not spread beyond the liver and had not gotten bigger but did not shrink..Good news????? I am not sure of the technical terms but the doctor mentioned something about his blood markers in his liver going down a lot, which was supposed to be good news... His chemo is the gemzar/cisplatin. He is always nauseous and losing a lot of weight, though he's still got a nice full head of hair! He has diarhea as well. Also, he has developed another blood clot in his groin.
So my questions are just, does any of this sound remotely optimistic or familiar to anyone? Is this the best chemo? And last, what kind of foods can we get in him...We just want to hear from people who have been through this before...
Thank you for reading this...I am slowly coming to terms with all of this, but I would give anything just to dance with him on my wedding day..