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Old 08-05-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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No hope;(

My 77 year old father was just diagnosed this week with acute lukemia. The doctors say chemo is too dangerous for him and he's diabetic. His only option is to do lighy chemo "pill"? And send him home. They said he may have 2-weeks to a month! Wth! He was just in gym last week until he came down with the flu and they found that he also has lukemia.

He won't survive the one month of chemo and they recommend spending time with family and do light chemo. What hope does he have if any? I'm so sad and my father is such a strong person.

I know this isn't good either way but I had to just post because we feel helpless.


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Re: No hope;(

Oh dear, I'm so sorry! It sounds as though it is all very sudden! So difficult for you all to take in! I hope he can be as comfortable as possible for his remaining days- my best wishes & heartfelt sympathy to you all!
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Re: No hope;(

Thankyou. It's hard. He's on his 3rd day of chemo.

 
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I'm so sorry, Tom. My Dad was diagnosed two weeks ago with acute leukemia and was told he wouldn't be a candidate for full blown chemo, but they DID give him chemo injections for five consecutive days. Ask your Dad's doctors if injections are a possibility.
My Dad is 78 and I don't have much hope for his recovery at all.

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Thankyou, my dad is getting injections for 5 days he's on his 4th tonight. We don't know what to expect;( I will pray for you.

 
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What was your dads occupation? My dad was a printer and we are talking to lawyers already.

 
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Thank you. You and yours are in my prayers as well. how is your Dad tolerating the chemotherapy? My Dad tolerated the week well, no nausea, but very constipated.


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My Dad was a colorist (hair dye) and salesman.

 
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My dad is tolerating it well so far, tired but that's about it. Hopfully the light chemo will help, although prognosis is not good . Nobody knows.

 
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Their age really works against them with this sort of acute leukemia. I hope your Dad is one of the fortunate few. My Dad isn't doing well at all....

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I'm sorry to hear that. Did he get more sick after chemo? Or does he have other problems. Pray for you

 
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He did not get sick from the chemo, but I'm sorry to say that it didn't help.

 
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Re: No hope;(

I am very sorry about your Dad. I am in the exact same situation. My Dad is 78 and was diagnosed with AML a week ago. The big chemo isn't an option. He spent 8 days in the hospital and I thought he was dying. He did the chemo pills and had 3 units of blood, and he is "back" for now. Tired, but still standing. Not sure how long it will last... but I am thankful he is himself even if it's for a short while. I only hope when his time comes he doesn't suffer.

 
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