Guest hillcountrykaren Posted December 16, 2005 Share Posted December 16, 2005 Hi, My Dad began losing his appetite in September, and had lost about 30 lbs by mid November. He had a cold he couldn't shake so his doctor started the appropriate CT tests, and by the end of November he knew it was Stage IV lung cancer. My Dad was a pretty robust 80 year old, but plagued by a degenerating bone problem in his back that made him unsteady on his feet. He mostly got around fine on his own, though, and he and Mom had a very active social life. So now, after two rounds of chemo and another month of no appetite he's barely able to walk with a walker and mostly uses a wheelchair. His voice is shot--probably from the hard breathing though his mouth--and very weak. I had to hire a caretaker this week to help my mother since she can't lift him to his feet from a chair. We're working as fast as we can to make his home environment easier--a better chair, a seat in the shower, etc--but it seems like we are on such a quick decline that we can't keep up. Anyway, he is a sweet man, and an ideal patient. The nurse and doctor told him last Wed. that he was too weak for chemo, and that this decline wasn't what he should expect from his weekly chemo. He wanted them to give it to him anyway--he really hopes to fight this. The nurse did tell him that if he can't force himself to eat more he won't get his strength back and won't have the option of trying a different chemo. We go to the doctor next week for her to recommend what's next. I know he's expecting her to start a different chemo, and I'm expecting her to see how fast he's declined and recommend hospice. So I have some questions for you more experienced people, but I'll post those later. Your posts are so hopeful, but I don't see many for patients 80+. Thanks for listening, Karen Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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