Topic: Scary Moment - Experiences with Infection
Hi everyone - my dad was diagnosed in 4/2006. Very strange diagnostic since there is no visible mass on the ducts (only from cell brushing did they find CC) and some lung mets. He had a stent placed on to reduce jaundice and has been on Gemzar since August. Until last Monday (12/18) he had been doing remarkably well and suddenly he got a serious infection that almost took him away (in a 12 hour period). He caught 4 bacteria (3 gram negative 1 gram positive). After 2 1/2 days in ICU and 3 days in the hospital he is back home with all his numbers back to normal. He was seen in a lot of detail by the oncologist and infectologist and they both think the infection was not caused by the CC since they did an MRI and the ducts are still mass-less and there are not mets around the area. They did find 4 small non cancerous absceses in the liver but far again, not metastatic. All his team of dr's actually think this had more to do with something bad he ate that caused bacteremia (supported by a weakened immune system from the chemo)
Dad is currently with antibiotics but improving. It was really scary but fortunately he's relatively improved.
I am really concerned however b/c he will need to suspend chemo for at least 3 weeks. I was also wondering if anyone has seen/had/heard of something similar. I realize my dad's disease and progression have been really strange so any patterns or commonalities would be valuable to learn.
Thank you, best of luck to all and happy holidays.