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Reply was posted 03/15/2016 07:11 pm by Anonymous
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I agree your dad needs to be hydrated and stabilized in the hospital. My question is, did he lose the weight after the chemo or has he lost the weight after the diagnosis and over what period of time. I know this is a tough question to answer but is it worth putting your dad through chemo if he is miserable? I understand you must of weighed all the options before making your decision but it seems as things have changed for the worse. It may be time to re-evaluate the treatment decision. Which does he/you choose a shorter life with better function or a chemotherapy that is seemingly making him worse? I am sorry that you are having to go through this. No one wants to make these types of decisions.

After losing 20 pounds and being very sick after my surgery, I attempted chemo but I just got significantly sicker. I decided that I wanted quality vs quantity of life. I am glad I made the decision. It took me about 1 1/2yrs and I gained about 10 pounds. I haven't vomited in nearly a year but still live with significant diarrhea. I am 30 yrs younger than your dad. I don't want to die but if I do I rather go out on my terms not sick and frail over an extended period of time. Your dad has had a long life and as hard as it seems, maybe palliative care would be best for him at this stage. Good luck and I wish you and your dad the best.

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