Topic: My Dad is in pain....
Thanks to all for sharing your stories. I can't believe that CC is still regarded as 'rare', when it has touched so many lives. My Dad was just diagnosed less than 2 weeks ago with intrahepatic CC & it has hit him very hard. He had stomach pain for several weeks & turned very jaundice in just a week prior to diagnosis. He's lost ~30lbs. & can't eat much. They put a tube inside, to re-direct the bile, but it is causing him a great deal of pain and discomfort. He gets the shakes at times and the pain is near the tubing and in his back. Could the pain be the tumor? He can't sleep, it hurts him to lay down. The tumor is advanced, not a candidate for resection (too large & proximity to major vessel), they say they can't radiate & chemo is the only option (he's due to start Gemcitabine next week).
It is so hard to watch my Dad hurt like this. Can anyone tell me, I need to know, how we might expect this to unfold - based on your experiences. He is very weak and we wonder if the chemo, which the doc says the cancer is resistant to, is worth it. Will the pain continue to get worse, will Dad eventually not eat anymore? Please drop me a note if you have any experience with these symptoms, your insights are certainly appreciated.