Topic: Stent replacement and diet
Dad was diagnosed on 7.29.08 after he wound up at Abington Hospital with severe jaundice and fatigue. The jaundice was being caused by a deflated biliary duct, which we later learned was no longer functioning because of the cholangio.
Through August, I managed to get him into Jefferson University Hospital for treatment, where Dr. Mitchell proposed chemo with possibly surgery to follow if it was needed. The port installation and the start of chemo would have been next week, had we decided to stick with Jefferson. Doesn't it seem the timing of appointments and the time in between is such an incredible waste of opportunity?
Instead of Jefferson, my dad wants to go with Fox Chase, who saw us on 8.28.08. Initially, we were scheduled to see surgeon John Hoffman on August 20, but dad's stent failed on Aug. 19, requiring nearly a week-long hospitalization at Abington to replace the temporary stent and to treat the blood infection. Fox Chase refused to do a bed-to-bed transfer, despite my best effort and those of his doctors at Abington, because dad had not yet been processed as a Fox Chase patient. At least, dad is in the Fox Chase system now.
However, the surgeon and radiologist at Fox Chase will not see him until September 10. I am just about beside myself with realizing the impact of time on how the tumors progress and ruin his chances day by day.
Dad will never get to those appointments on September 10 if his stent fails before then, and then I fear that we have truly missed the "golden hour" for intervention. We absolutely need this stent to last so that time is not lost to a replacement procedure and treating the infection.
Is there a diet that my dad can follow so that the secretions (is that the right word) are less likely to clog his stent and cause a malfunction? I guess he should stay away from foods cooked in saturated animal fats? I'm just guessing here.
Right now, I'm searching through these forums and elsewhere to find the best diet for him. It seems B12 is hard to absorb for people with CC, yet it is essential. Also it seems that potassium and sodium become an issue, and these are also dietary needs I have to figure out.
Any guidance on a diet to help this temporary stent last through to his surgery would be great.