Chemotherapy, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation. This is the new plan of attack against the rectal cancer that my Dad has now been diagnosed with.
I know I have been avoiding adding to this blog lately. For this I apologize. I am mad. I am upset beyond words. I am at a loss as to why someone would go through what my Dad has just gone through in his previous brush with cancer that turned out to be benign. Only to have him be told 2 weeks later that he now has another fight ahead of him in the form of rectal cancer. However, there is one thing that I realized earlier today while driving home. This is NOT about me and how I feel, this is about him and his health. This is about his fight, his journey and what lies ahead for him. I need to step up to the plate and remain dedicated to him, my family and this journey.
With that being said here is where we stand after his consult yesterday with his oncologist. Yes, he has rectal cancer. Yes, the tumor is a decent size. Yes, he needs to have one more special rectal MRI/ultra sound test before his treatment begins, and finally no, they don’t know what stage the cancer is yet until those test results come back. That test will determine how far into the wall the tumor has grown and if the lymph nodes have been effected.
The plan of attack for this cancer: chemotherapy, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. In that order. Right now my plan of attack is to be there 100% to help my Dad and Mom through this journey. I know there is no way my Mom will be able to handle all this on her own. Who would be? She is going to need support in more ways than one. That being said, they live alone in another state away from where I do, arrangements will need to be made to make sure that I take care of them as well as my own family here in this state. I will do what needs to be done to help my Father fight this disease and once again be cancer free.
While I have helped my mother in law when she bravely fought her lung cancer when she had her treatments, a battle I’m very sad to say she lost. Her treatment was radiation and not chemotherapy. I know what to expect with radiation treatment, I have no clue what to expect with chemotherapy. If any of my readers have dealt with chemotherapy in any way and have some advice for me I would greatly appreciate it. I want to make sure I make this difficult situation as easy and as comfortable for my Dad as I can.