Topic: New to Hospice
My Dad was diagnosed with intrahepatic bile duct cancer in Nov. 2006 at the age of 74. After an unsucessful surgery due to metatasis. He underwent several months of chemotherapy (5FU) and seemed to hold his own. After good results from that they performemed Cyberknife radiation treatment which after waiting a few months, results showed shrinkage of the tumor but still cancer growth around the abdomen. he also seemed alot weaker and confused.
In April 2008, 14 months after diagnosis he started another round of chemo.This did not seem to be successful and after an MRI showed that the tumor had actually doubled in size. The doctor has recomended radiation to break up the tumor to avoid spinal damage, but also hospice.
Dad also is acting very confused and sleeping almost 18 hours a day. Is this normal? The confusion is puzzling because he did have a test for Alzheimers which was negative and yet we really can't seem to have a converstion with him. Is it the medicine? He really isn't taking too many pain killers. He resists the Hydocordizone that the doctors encourage him to take.
Thank you Elizabeth