... vein to liver. Which caused his liver to be in stage 4 cirrhosis. His doctor says he has 6 mths to 2 years to live. Can anyone help me with any knowledge of this being true timeline ? I have been told by several nurses " friends" that 6 mths is more accurate.. Not 2 years. I know we can't ever make that exact call for only God can. But If the 6 months is more accurate my heart needs to know. Can anyone help me?
They use a score called a MELD score to calculate end of life estimates. This is based on INR (blood clotting time), creatinine and bilirubin levels in the blood (some ask for age too). If want more liver info please ask.
I take it he is/was a drinker? Is he transplant eligible? (I don't know how it works in the USA). I certainly know that the USA has huge rates of non-compliance in Liver transplant patients. (are they just the rich people who get transplant organs?) As an example I am a public patient on disability but eligible to be a transplant candidate (but have to enter into a lifetime contract on what I am not allowed).
Has your Dad seen the hepatologist? An oncologist or Hospice Doctor? If your Dad is back home, do you have an equivalent to Hospice? These are all options to treat him and keep him out of pain and try to have the best quality of life left to him. I would be mad, too, about the way the Drs. passed him off without him seeing a hepatologist. Referring your Dad to the transplant Dr. was a good move, but if Dad is refusing a transplant, then that decision has changed everything.
Consulting with the hepatologist should give you your 2nd opinion on your dad's potential life span. But we never really know. My husband should've died from pancreatic cancer >=2 yrs. ago and he's still here with no sign of cancer. I pray all is going well for you and your Dad.
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