Cakelady, welcome to the forum. I am sorry that your dad is ill. He certainly has a lot going on. Nobody can really say how long he may have as liver disease is such an individual thing. However, since he already has congestive heart disease, the ascites can exacerbate that. I think that's probably one reason they are doing the paracenteses so often, as he wouldn't be a candidate for TIPS (a shunt.) He should try elevating his legs above his heart every few hours for the edema. It is common for people with liver disease to also develop kidney failure. That may be what is ultimately fatal and not the liver disease per se. As you noted, the diuretics can also cause kidney problems. There may come a time when he must make the decision whether or not to go on dialysis. It would be wise to bring this up now to see how he feels about it. Who is his health care advocate and does he have a Living Will? These things should also be in place. I think it comes down to quality of life versus quantity. How much is he willing to go through to gain another few years? Of course, there are no guarantees even if he allowed dialysis and other procedures.
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Cindy, I'm currently stable, thanks. It's understandable that he wouldn't want to see yet another doctor and that is his decision to make.
Cakelady, the hep C gave me liver cancer, diagnosed in '05. Mayo literally saved my life. I have been cancer free now for nearly 4 yrs. However, I still have hep C and cirrhosis and plan to try the new HCV treatment next year.
Thank you, Cindy. I wish you cancer-free days ahead, as well.