Today we met with the oncologist. A lovely woman really, considering the news she gave.
Question: Why is this incurable? Why can’t you cut out tumour and remove the affected bits of the liver?
Answer: The cancer is in the bloodstream. The liver is quite affected by it. Paul’s liver has many, many spots. Even if removed, at a microscopic level, would still be there.
- Tired, lethargic, nausea, vomiting.
- If pre-existing hearing probs, hearing loss.
- Kidney and liver function
- Red and white blood cells
- One of the drugs can cause heart attacks in people with history of heart problems. Let us know if chest pain. If severe, ring an ambulance.
Treatments start next week. Monday and Tuesday radiotherapy, Wednesday-Friday will be Radiotherapy plus chemo. Second week and third week will be radiotherapy. 4th week chemo. The doctor estimates he’ll be out of work for a month.
We have been advised that if we the public system for his treatment, we can save the out of pocket costs. However, as I have to keep on working and side effects include nausea, vomiting and tiredness – I want to keep him at the private hospital.
He will have to go to a liquid diet due to radiation treatments – so I’m going to go on it with him.