My Dad’s Cancer Story
My dad (64) was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in late December of 2020. He had no symptoms other than dull stomach and back pain and constipation. He received a stoma and has a colostomy bag since. At the time of diagnosis it had already spread to his liver, lungs, and lymph nodes. He completed 6 months of intensive chemo, it was rough but he tolerated it fairly well. There was significant shrinkage of all tumors and no spread during treatment. He began chemo pills and a palliative infusion that was just once every three weeks for maintenance and the cancer grew slowly. The infusion caused stomach bleeding that filled his colostomy bag with blood so then he just took pills. In November of 2021 the cancer continued to progress and he had targeted radiation on the lung lymph nodes and Y90 radioembolisation to his liver around Christmas. This caused his lips and mouth to swell severely, I believe he may have been allergic to some degree. Neither of these things worked, perhaps they caused the cancer to spread faster. In February he was accepted to complete in a research trial for an immunotherapy drug, it took a month to qualify which meant lots of tests and then had two rounds before his scan revealed significant growth in all areas as well as spread to the urinary tract and heart. Today, he moved to hospice care. He is still walking (a struggle), eating (very little), and is himself (unless taking anxiety meds which cause some confusion). I am very much heartbroken and I pray every day that they can stop this monster of a disease from eating people alive.
I remember searching for other people’s stories at the beginning of and throughout my dad’s cancer journey because it helped me find comfort in knowing others experiences, so I wanted to share his story because I don’t have anything to search for anymore. The few times I’ve posted here has helped a lot.