My husband is 4 months Ivor Lewis post-op and he is 76. Pre-op he didn't have radiotherapy as he has a pacemaker, he had 2 courses of chemo each one lasting 5 days and nights with a 3 week interval between. We were given some info about side effects but I don't recall any about the effect on his brain and his thinking processes. He has become very forgetful and finds it difficult to think clearly. I wonder if this is just old age catching up or is it the effect of the chemo. Previously he was quite a sharp old cookie so it's a tremendous change.
Also I was interested in the posts about weight loss, as he has lost just over 3 stones in this 4 months. He has great difficulty eating, and this is a man who loved his food, and he's just shrinking before my eyes, he is very tired and weak, he has no appetite, doesn't enjoy anything, doesn't like it when I do what the dietitian has advised and give him fortified milky drinks, or put cheese in mashed potatoes etc. He says he has a mental block about eating. The cancer nurse thinks he may need a stretch, and his GP is considering anti-depressants.
Any advice will be most welcome.