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