Topic: Bone mets 33 months post-op
Hi all, this is Val living in Hong Kong. My dad had surgery to remove a 3cm intrahepatic malignant tumour in June 2011, and as he was diagnosed early on, we had a rather peaceful and worry-free 2 years until the doctor found 3 small metastatic tumors in his lungs in May 2013. Chemo and radiation were done, but the tumor has just spread to his bones rather aggressively this year. Our doctor had radiation controlled some but not all of the bone mets. Now we are back on chemo and as you all know, the drugs we can use and are effective are rather limited. To complicate things more, the bone mets is pressing against his bone marrow so his body is not producing enough platelet (count only 50) so the chemo plan is delayed.
The pain is quite bad and it has limited his range of motions. He's only 66 and has always been a very active, proud and manly man who fixes everything in the house. The disease had really gotten the worst of him he's rather depressed and not willing to do anything.
Would appreciate any advice on pain management, we are already on the patch and OxyContin etc but they are not of much help. Our doctor also said cryoablation is too dangerous to be performed on him given his bone mets are very close to nerves, etc.
It's a great pleasure to come across this foundation and website, and know that we are not alone. I am rather useless when it comes to comforting words but when I tell him what the other patients are doing out there it seems to give him strength and offer him hope. Thank you very much.