Thank you Pink Grandma and Hep 93 for your kind responses. I went to his appointment with him on Monday and it is indeed liver cancer. There are two small lesions. They will be doing radiofrequency ambulation (I think I spelled this all correctly) this week to burn the lesions. More troubling is there are several polyps on his kidneys that appear to be growing. They may be a seperate case of kidney cancer, they are bringing in a urologist to consult. The varicies (sp?) in his throat are out of control. He has not been scoped in several months for these. The last time was extremely problematic for my dad, so he has been reluctant to go back.
They again talked about transplant and my father has decided this is not an option for him. Because he is in the VA system, he would have to go to Oregon for the transplant (we are in Utah). He does not want to be stuck in Oregon if something goes wrong and I guess I can't blame him for that.
I again talked to him about living with me. My family is only 20 minutes from the VA hospital, but where he lives is an hour drive. He is getting more confused as his ammonia levels continue to climb and I worry about him driving back and forth. If he was living with me, I could make sure he got to and from his doctor appointments safely. Neither of my brothers (who live with him) has a valid driver's license, both have had their driving privledges revoked by the courts. One is eligible to get his license back in August, if his fines are paid in full. I am hoping this brother gets his license back so he can help drive our dad.
The worst part of the appointment was the visible disdain of the Resident for my father. His main doctor was wonderful, but the Resident made it quite clear that he did not approve of my father or his decisions. I wanted to take him and outside and shake him. Most be wonderful to feel so high and mighty about other's addictions. (total sarcasm)
Dx w/ UC 10/06, Dx changed to CD 2/07
Zyrtec and rhinocort for allergies
Xanax as needed for anxiety
Soma as need for muscle spasms
Allergic to sulfa and avelox