Thanks CRguy. We did know about the breathing and the opiates. His failed operation was in 2004 an he has had many years of training and education with pain management. All the drs he talks to now tell him to wait until after his appt on the 20th, when he talks to the onc in Kelowna. I don't think they realize how much pain he is actually in, and I think they believe there is nothing more they can do until his tumor is shrunk. I'm afraid they might be right, but I was hoping for some measure, no matter how small, of pain relief help in the foods he eats or anything like that. Do hot/cold patches help?
As for the "oxygen in a tank", he was offered it, but warned about it's addictive affect. My mother, and others we know have had to resort to that. Mike is only 56 and is hoping he doesn't have to go that route, as he is a very active person, normally. If things get worse (hard to imagine), he will definitely look at that option again. A respiratory therapist will be among the specialists included in his video conference on the 20th.
Thank you for your support