I am going to try to make this short so bare with me.
A little more than a year ago my father was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. It was devastating news to be sure, but being that his early symptoms were pretty mild, and he's a strong man physically and mentally we were hopeful. Yes, it sounds foolish but even after reading what we could on the internet about his particular lung cancer and the poor prognosis-we had hope. I guess one doesn't really have a choice and my father? He's a greek man you must understand. They are fighters! Oh, and more stubborn than mountains.
Well, as you probably can guess, the chemo and radiation have done what they could for him. The disease and the treatments have ravaged his body. He was strong for a long time though despite the roller coaster ride. You know-sick as hell one week from chemo, burning throat from radiation the next. But then he'd sort of bounce back. Go do fast walking laps at a soccer field in the greek summer heat(2 months ago) or work in the garden. Even have a chipouro in the evening.(like greek tequila i guess). Things are not so good now though.
He's in the hospital now. Has had lots of trouble with his legs swelling up. For a while he couldn't do any chemo because of a cold. They say it has probably metastasized to his liver and bones, not to brain yet. Just getting over an inflammation in tissue around left inner thigh-knee. He's on all kinds of meds and drips. You get the picture.
There is alot of confusion as well. Greek hospitals can be hell on earth. High drama and chaos. (The greeks invented theater right?) I know the staff at all hospitals have a very tough job but... Not enough information and not very dignified. No sir.
It doesn't help that I and my new family live in the south of Sweden either. My brother and mother have done most of the caring and leg work.
We want to get him out of the hospital. The docs don't recommend it but that we may if he is stable enough. He's very weak and groggy, says funny things sometimes but he can walk, has a good appetite and most important is in no pain.
I want to try dca and would appreciate any advice -especially from any one who has tried it for small cell lung cancer. I know it might be too late but I want to try it. He most likely won't do chemo again so what else is there to lose?
Thanks and I wish everyone good health!