Topic: Dad recoverying, slow but steady
My father was diagnosed w/ cc in March 06 and had a successful resection on 4/2/06. (See intro).
Well, he has been doing well. His appetite slowly came back and the doctors at Mayo in Jacksonville, FL are optimistic and have truly blessed us w/ their work.
He was on a feeding tube for just over a month and during that time began developing fluid in his abdomen area. The feeding tube was removed, along w/ his drains, and he began eating normal. The fluid continued to gather noticably so we went in w/ our concerns. They did a CT to determine it was in fact fluid and decided to drain in. They drained 7.4 liters of fluid!! I couldn't believe it. Well that corresponded to ~20 lbs of weight. He went from around 163 to 143 lbs after the drainage. They tested the fluid and found no cancer present. The oncologist was very pleased and said that he probably didnt need chemo but thought it would be wise to continue w/ a chemo regime anyways, at low dose (gemzar + something else). Well, since last Tues. (when they drained him) the fluid has started to build again. The doctors are going to call tomorrow (Wed) to schedule further inquiries, tests, etc.
I'm curious as to if anyone else has experienced this type of fluid buildup/retention and what it could possibly be (and what can be done). Thanks alot!