Topic: Update on my dad - Stanford

My dad finally made it to Stanford. Him and my Mom flew out here on Thanksgiving and he checked into the hospital the following morning due to vomiting and hiccups.  Based on tests done here and records from new orleans, they have concluded that the gemcitibine/cisplatin combo worked at the beginning but not anymore. The next plan is to try xeloda and another drug I forget at the moment. However, in the meantime they need to place a stent in his intestine to allow the food to pass if possible otherwise they will place a feeding tube. The tumor is pressing on the intestine and blocking the passage of nutrition. He was suppose to have the procedure done today but his heart rate has been irregular so the GI doctor decided to postpone until Monday.

Has anyone had chemotherapy with a feeding tube in place?

Thanks,
Barbara

Re: Update on my dad - Stanford

Barbara,

I'm sorry to read what your dad is going through. I can't give much advice on chemo with a feeding tube. My Dad's only option was palliative chemo. However, don't forget that if he is healing from his stent, it may be possible to give him IV nutrition as an option. My Dad also went through bouts of vomiting and at times hiccuping and it was heartbreaking that he couldn't keep food down. I can relate to what you are going through and am keeping you and he as well as the rest of the family in my thoughts and prayers.  You will find this to be a wonderfully supportive and caring community and no doubt that other posters can give you invaluable advice.

God Bless,
Missing U

Re: Update on my dad - Stanford

Dear Barbara, I am so thankful that Dad & Mom arrived as I know how much you wanted them near you. I also don't know about the feeding tube with the chemo but Teddy had terrible hiccups. One recommendation on this Board is a teaspoon of sugar. Teddy had hiccups for months and finally a Pharmacist friend of ours told us about Briochke (sp). It is the consistancy of Alka Seltzer and comes in a blue bottle.
It's over the counter and  you can get it at CVS/Walgreens. It worked for Teddy and for several others on here with the first dose. Hiccups are not only annoying they can really zap your strength. If you go to our Search engine at the top of the page and type in feeding tube I am sure some posts will appear on the subject. As always wishing you all the best. Stay strong.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

Re: Update on my dad - Stanford

My son had terrible incidents of hiccups for two or three days following chemo and nothing worked.  I had remembered reading Lainys recommendation for the Brioche-sp and searched my small town high and low for it.  I called my sons girlfriend who immediately found it at a CVS near her.  He has used it maybe three times and had no more issues with hiccups.  I never would have known about it if not for the sharing on this forum!  THANK YOU LAINY!

Re: Update on my dad - Stanford

Oh, that makes me soooo happy as I know what works for one may not work for another! Honestly for 4 months we went from Doctor to Doctor and no one had an idea that worked. BTW it is really for indegestion, so Teddy used it for that as well.
You can take one dose for hiccups and if it doesn't work in an hour take one more. That is how it happened for Teddy the first time. Bingo bango...no more hiccups. Thanks for the post.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.