My father was diagnosed with stage four renal cell carcinoma ten months ago. Last February he had a radical nephrectomy. Soon after the doctors found that he had small tumors on his liver and lungs. Shortly after that they found it on his arm in the bone. He started a chemo treatment in July that made him terribly sick. He stopped the treatment and remained in poor health. He was sleeping all of the time, very weak, no appetite and always in pain. He started radiation for his arm a little over a month ago, to ease the pain and to try to shrink the tumor so his arm wouldn't break. His last attempt at chemo did not stop or minimize the cancer in his organs. The grew quicker and larger instead. He was going to try another chemo therapy this coming Monday, but he went in to respiratory distress at his radiation treatment and he had to be admitted in to the hopsital. He is extremely jaundice, his ultrasound showed that his liver is full of tumors and even a stint could not relieve any blockage. He is in renal failure and liver failure I believe.
My mother and I never see the doctors in the hospital and never get to talk to them on the phone. His nurse told me that he is a full code patient and with that they could not release him to go home to die. A covering doctor told my mom that if he is receiving any kind of treatment to cure the cancer, like chemo, that he can not have hospice. My mother thinks that he is still going to receive chemo on Monday. Is there any point for him to do this?
I love my Father terribly and can not bear to see him suffer anymore like this. Can chemo at this point help at all??? I need to know right away.