My name is Matt and I am new to the forum.
I post this message on behalf of my dad. Dad is 75 and has an advanced obstructing colon adenocarcinma at the liver angle with liver metastasis. Dad is a type 2 diabetic. The condition (or at least primary cancer) was first detected in October 2012. Since then Dad has been through numerous cycles of chemo on the following products: 5FU / LV (De Gramont) and FOLFOX-Avastin. 5FU / LV was first administered in December 2012 and FOLFOX-Avastin in February 2013. Whilst Dad responded favorably to chemo initially (so much so that he had an 8 month break in 2015, there have been some ‘hiccups’ along the way such as him catching Varicella Zoster Virus Meningitis in March 2015). Dad’s condition has however deteriorated in 2019. He had an infection in 2019 and all chemo was stopped in April 2019 due to deterioration of the general condition and his weakness.
Since then there have been volume increase in liver metastases with increased obstructive bile duct dilatation. The hospital he is being treated at UZ Leuven (In Belgium) have since September 2019 suggested he be placed on best supportive care either at the hospital (where he currently is) or at another structure or home. Dad has no pain but is currently very weak. Reasoning is still good but mobility is very reduced. Currently no cures are being administered for his condition save general medication and insulin. The hospital did talk about surgery but have since stated he is too weak and not in a condition to have general anesthesia.
Based on the above diagnosis and history I had some questions to forum members:
1) Should I be seeking other opinions from other hospitals on whether they can offer any other traditional / non-traditional cures? Can anyone suggest any structures in Europe for the above conditions? Would you opt for potential clinical trials / off-label type institutions (I have heard there are some good ones in Germany)?
2) Can anyone recommend any cancer treatment options proven and experimental, based on the above prognosis? What is the typical length of these, potential side-effects, complications…etc?
3) Should my father envisage any changes to diet or lifestyle based on the above diagnosis?
I want to sincerely thank anyone who has views, info and can help with the above.