Topic: Husband just diagnosed in November.
Hello. My name is Nancy and my husband Frank was diagnosed with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma on Thanksgiving day, 2013. He has decided not to seek any treatment because even though he is only 63, he had two strokes in 2010 and suffers from paralysis on his right side from the 1st stroke and weakness on his left side from the 2nd stroke. He has been confined to a power wheelchair since the 2nd stroke. His oncologist said his cancer is non resectable and stage 3-4. She did not feel like he would survive the treatment. He was hospitalized for pneumonia on Nov 19th. He was in septic shock and his kidneys failed. He recovered pretty quickly from the pneumonia but when, after 7 or 8 dialysis treatments his kidneys were still not functioning, a CT scan of the kidneys revealed a large mass on his liver. A biopsy followed and the diagnosis was made. His kidneys started functioning again and he was released from the hospital on December 20th. He felt pretty good for the first couple of weeks at home, but now he is so weak and tired he sleeps most of the time. He is still eating okay. The oncologist said he could survive for 6-9 months. I see him getting weaker every day and just don't know what to expect. I am taking it one day at a time. He is going to have a hospice evaluation on Wednesday. How can I know if it is the right time for hospice care? What do they do? Sorry this post is so long, I'm just feeling so overwhelmed.