Raindog Posted July 18, 2006 Share Posted July 18, 2006 Hi all, Really enjoyed meeting and chatting with those who were online Friday night. Thought I would do a quick update on my Dad: His chemo was re-scheduled for this coming Tuesday (Onc was away) They are starting him on Carboplatin (every other session) and Gemcitabine (every session) He is scheduled for 8 sessions with xrays and blood work in between. They did a preliminary xray and blood work, I assume to gauge shrinkage? Dad is strong and in relatively good spirits. He gets anxious here and there with some bouts of depression. He remains determined to beat this thing and I like his chances. He's a strong minded man. I am a little concerned about the chemo side effects making him feel as if he is losing the battle. He feels fine now, but I am certain the chemo will make him feel worse before he gets better. I read Dads report and had my friend who is a Doctor read it and he came to the same conclusion I did: ambiguous! The verbiage in the report is terrible. It contains things like "would appear to be" - "seems likely" - Yet they have deemed my Dad stage IV. The liver mets are totally unconfirmed as is the other mass on the left lung. I was told by my Doctor friend (he actually works in cancer research) When the wash comes back as positive for Squamous Cell Carcinoma it is more than likely any other suspicions in the CT would be mallignant also. He agrees with my Dads treatment plan and feels that, since my Dads reports were sent through our cancer clinic and my Dad likes his Onc, we should proceed. Sorry to babble on. Just curious if any of you have knowledge of the drugs in my Dads treatment and do they seem like a pro-active measure, or palliative? I am thinking since they have done further xrays, etc, it must be a pro-active treatment plan? I have yet to have a chance to speak with the Onclogist peronally as he has been away. Also: My Dad is diabetic. I am worried sick about this as they have already ruled out some drugs they can use for treatment. If anybody has experience with diabetes and LC please PM me. I got my Dad some Ensure Plus today for nutrition durring chemo, I am also worried about this spiking his blood sugar. (If he was a horse he would be glue by now ) Any feedback would be much appreciated. Wishing you all the very best, -Rod Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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