Liver cirrhosis possibly from chemo

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anndalena
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   Posted 1/25/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm new and needed any input regarding my Dad who has been treated effectively with chemo for the last 6 years for chronic lymphacytic leukemia (CLL) . He started having fluid build up in his feet and ankles 4 weeks ago. 2 weeks later his abdominal area was quite distended. His heart is functioning well and is not the problem. After other tests they told us he had decreased liver function (cirrhosis). He is 78 with no history of alcohol intake . I am wondering if the liver problem is due to the effects of chemo. Irregardless of the reason, I am worried for him. He has lost so much weight and is so frail. The CLL has been controlled very well with chemo. He obviously is not a candidate for transplant. Does anyone know what kind of treatment options he has for this. Does this mean his liver may stop functioning soon? Any info will be appreciated. Thanks for listening!

hep93
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   Posted 1/25/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Andalena.  I welcomed you in the other thread, but am so glad you started a new one to introduce yourself and tell us about your dad.
 
To be honest, I've never heard of cirrhosis from chemo, but can see how it might be possible.   I had liver cancer and had the rt. lobe of my liver removed, but did not receive chemo as it doesn't work for liver cancer.  Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment or cure for cirrhosis (which I also have) at this time.  The only thing one can do is to try to slow its progress with rest and proper diet, especially abstaining from red meat (the liver has difficulty digesting it) and putting an emphasis on fresh fruits and veggies, and lots of pure water and juices.  If his diet is less than optimal, you might want to ask the doctor about a multivitamin, and also vitamin C to boost his immune system, if he is not already taking these.  Is he on diuretics for the swelling?  If it becomes too pronounced, they may drain him.  He should also restrict his sodium intake, which includes foods with high sodium content (canned soups and veggies for example.)  Given his age, though, the doctors are not going to want to do many invasive things, due to risk of infection and other complications.
 
The cirrhosis should not cause immediate liver failure.  It usually takes some time and, as mentioned, can be slowed with proper rest and diet.
 
Please take care of yourself, too, and let us know of your dad's progress.


hep93
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Post Edited (hep93) : 1/25/2009 9:07:33 PM (GMT-7)


Butterflythree
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   Posted 1/25/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum Anndalena. Connie has given you some great advice. The only thing that can be done for cirrhosis is to control the symptoms, which varies from patient to patient. Diet is an important factor as Connie has already mentioned. I have heard of chemo weaking the heart and kidneys, but I am unsure of the effects on the liver. I am so sorry that your dad is dealing with this disease. It sounds like he has been through so much already. You have come to a really great place for support and knowledge. I am so glad you found us.

I'll be praying for your father and you.
Butterflythree
 
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frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 1/26/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Anndalena

Just wanted to add my welcome to the forum. I am so sorry that your family is having to deal with this disease. I too have cirrhosis and the fatigue can be very difficult to deal with. Diet is important as Connie and Butterfly has mentioned. Please keep us posted.

Lucy

anndalena
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   Posted 1/26/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, thanks for your kind words. Hospice came into evaluate my Dads condition and they feel he has only a few weeks. Please continue to pray for him and our family as we are very close.

hep93
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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Anndalena, I'm so glad that Hospice is getting involved.  They really are wonderful at dealing with end-of-life and give a lot of support to families, as well.  Once Hospice gets involved, the doctors will prescribe whatever they recommend for pain.  Obviously, your dad's condition is much more grave than first thought.

Of course, prayers continue for all of you at this very difficult time.



hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
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Butterflythree
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   Posted 1/27/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Anndalena, I am so sorry that your dad is doing so bad. But, it is really good that hospice is getting involved. They will be able to help relieve your dad's suffering and also will be alot of help for the family. I will continue to pray for you both.
Butterflythree
 
There is always hope!


anndalena
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   Posted 1/27/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again, you all have been so sweet.
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