Topic: Update on Dad
A writing this post because I note that I take comfort from reading other people's posts.
Dad has only had day 1 of gem/cisplatin and panitumumab last Wednesday. If his counts are good he is on day 8 (21 day cycles with the triplet on day 1 and only gem/Cis on day 8). The most significant side effect is the panitmumab rash/acne. I have read that this is a good sign and hope this means it is acting on the cancer cells too. Naturally it is not that pleasant however am pleased to say that my father doesn't seem bothered by it too much.
The dexamthasone they give him (on day of chemo) and also meant to have for 2 days afterwards makes his sugars go really high. As he didn't suffer from nausea I didn't I didn't give it to him on day 3. Will ask if we can avoid also on day 2 (he is on aprepitant also for the nausea).
Am also giving dad daily bitter melon juice ( thanks to Percy for this) which is also meant to be good for his diabetes.
I am a bit confused on if I should give him vitamin D as some people state this helps "feed" the cancer. Anyway today I ordered a vitamin d level (thinking that he maybe deficient since his whipples) and then will decide. Any feedback from anyone's oncologist regarding this?
Interesting our oncologist states not to take anti oxidants as they may make chemotherapy less effect (my dad had been given grape seed extract which is a herbal anti oxidant) Does anyone have thoughts on this from their onc?
I note a lot of people take complementary meds (milk thistle etc) however I am very confused by everything and don't wish to do anything that may make his chemotherapy less effective
Wish us luck tomorrow