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Palliative Care Team Member was posted 11/28/2015 01:46 pm by Anonymous
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With all the side effects of the clinical trial, your Dad should have a palliative care specialist as part of his team who could direct care for related symptoms. From what you share, the loss of appetite and weight seem to be the key side effects so he does need a gastro doctor to be involved and also a nutritionist who could be working on the most appropriate diet. Question though, has anyone suggested some continuous food nutrition to help build up your Dad since his cancer seems to stable because perhaps right now that would be the best way for him to get nutrition. For the fatigue with the chemo something like Neulasta shots might be an option. For the pain, have you asked about him getting whatever anti-pain/nausea drugs well ahead of the chemo or could the chemo be administered at a slower rate over a longer period of time into his system? Again a palliative care doctor ought to have advice on dealing with the side effects of the treatment. Quality of daily living is also very important to consider.

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