Cancer does suck

It’s true!  Dad had another visit today with his primary doctor and didn’t get much good news.  His blood work and the x-ray done pre-visit show his calcium levels are elevated again from more bone cancer and the recent severe pains he’s had in his arm and chest are due to new or grown tumors.  Dr. Karp was clearly frustrated to see that Dad is still not near strong enough to handle chemotherapy. Remember Dad presented to M.D. Anderson with stage IV cancer and has had two life-threatening setbacks since then.  He agreed with me that local radiation treatments to the painful areas might be done (he will be getting with the radiation team on that) but informed us that will only be a game of whack-a-mole to control pain and not to treat the underlying problem of the agressive growth throughout his system which only chemo can handle.

Keep in mind that Mother had to sit and listen to the news today as she gets ready to start five weeks of radiation and light chemo Wednesday and then six weeks of full chemo after that.  Any prayers, thoughts or phone calls you could send her way will be greatly appreciated.

In the mean time we have an appointment at noon tomorrow to bring Dad’s calcium levels back down with an I.V. treatment and Dr. Karp is setting up hospice to start visiting Dad in this apartment in Houston to try and help with his pain and quality of life.

There is still some hope for recovery but Dad’s body seems to be fighting us all every step of the way.  I’ve told Dad all this and explained to him that if he regains his strength and enough health that he will be able to start treatments.  The doctor also explained to Dad that he has seen people in his shape turn around and improve enough to be helped so there is that hope.  Also on the positive side is that Dad seems to be holding his weight at around 170 – 173 pounds for the past month or so with the help of his tube feeding.

Keep those thoughts and prayers coming!

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  • TAMMY says:

    PARAN, YOU NEED TO CONTINUE FIGHTING. WE ALL ARE PRAYING FOR YOU. I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART. I’LL SEE YOU LATER. LOVE,HUGS,KISSES, EVEN THAT TENDER LITTLE GOOSE I ALWAYS GIVE YOU. GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE AND STRONG TAMMY

 

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