Liver cancer complicated with cirrhosis
SO little caregiving support for this cancer! I'm the wife of a truly lovely baby boomer who has HepC from tainted blood products given in the '70's. Given the new antiviral, he quickly developed a large hepatocellular mass. He lives asymptomatically, no ascites, no loss of appetite nor weight, etc….even referees soccer and lacrosse; will be treated with radioactive beads very soon. We have him on a 80/20 alkaline diet (cancer LOVES an 'acidic' host), water ionizer/alkaline/hydrogen enriched, etc.. My question to an informed person revolves around his coming down last night with a common GI bug that's going around and it presenting an issue I'm unsure about: What does organ failure look like?…I know he should swell, possibly itch, possibly get a rash… just in the case of dealing with a 'common' ailment with someone so (internally, at least) ill, when is it best to seek out ER help? I just can't find much to help that doesn't refer to someone in ICU already. Help?