I’m new here. Looking for empathy and trying to understand what my family are going through. Trying to keep positive but finding it hard.
A couple of years ago my brother had a mole removed from his back under local anaesthetic. This was followed by a scan which was all clear. He unfortunately had no follow up scans until he found a lump on his right side under his arm pit in May. He was given a number of scans and had surgery to remove the tumour/mass from his side (the size of a football) and half the lymph nodes on right side.
Following another scan they found a lesion on his shin bone and he had 5 consecutive days of radiotherapy.
He started immunotherapy on 5th Nov and was due 4 doses, one every 21 days. The first round went okay and he just felt tired. He had the second treatment on 26th Nov. But this time he had significant diarrhoea and nausea, also night sweats and was admitted to hospital on 13th December because of dehydration. He’s now been on successive drips since then and blood tests show low levels of potassium. He is continuing to suffer from diarrhoea and now sickness. He’s lost 3stone in less than 6weeks. They are now saying they may not discharge before Christmas.
Is this the normal experience of immunotherapy?
It’s not clear to me what the prognosis is for my brother.
Our dad died unexpectedly in March this year - I don’t want to lose my brother too.