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My dad-not doing well at all was posted 09/30/2001 03:32 pm by Lisa in Az
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It is now 9 days since my dad finished his six weeks of 5FU and radiation. What I can't believe is how rapidly he has deteriorated. I thought this would be uncommon given his stage III (still localized) diagnosis and this treatment! He has lost more weight and is down to 155 from 189 or so. He is extremely emotional, weak, sick, diarhea, nausea and extreme pain. We don't even know what to do. He is on a three week break from all treatment before supposedly starting Gemzar. Gail has encouraged us to get him tested for the neuroendocrine type of tumor which we are doing as soon as we can. He has a history of ulcer disease and also parathyroid tumor so we are concerned about this! Mayo clinic said its the regular PC-adenocarcinoma but we want to make sure. I am so upset. It is so hard to hear my very macho dad cry on the phone to me and tell me he is in pain and can't eat. Especially when I'm 2000 miles away. Has anyone else had this horrible reaction to the chemo and radiation?? How long does it take to get over it and beyond it a little bit. I wish he could have a few good weeks anyhow. It has been only 3 months since his diagnosis!! If he is misdiagnosed and getting the wrong treatment, this could be one reason why he is doing so badly but I'm wondering if anyone else had this terrible response to initial treatment (5FU and radiation). My poor dad. I feel so badly for him. I feel so helpless. Lisa in Az

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