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Losing so much weight

TianaTiana Posts: 2
edited March 2020 in Carers Corner
Can anyone please advise, my sister was diagnosed with esophageal cancer at the start of June,  She has lost over 1.5 stone and is only weighing 8.3 stone atm,  she is finding it very difficult to get anything food or fluid down atm.

I've been advised by my aunts to try and get her admitted to hospital, how would I go about this?

She has a specialist appointment in Galway 2m at 10 am in the hope that she will get admitted, which is a 5 hour drive from us.

Should I be doing anything today like requesting she is admitted so she get the fluid/food she needs or do we just have to wait for her appointment tomorrow.  It's so hard watching her go through this, we haven't been told what stage she is, so watching this weight loss is so hard as I know she will need her weight/energy for chemo/radiation.

Any advice would really be appreciated !


  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 772 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Good morning @Tiana,

    I am so very sorry to hear about your sister and the diagnosis.

    Has your sister been seen recently by her oncologist or medical team? Are they aware of the dramatic change in circumstances?
    If not I would suggest that you contact the Drs or oncologist as soon as you are able to inform them how your sister's condition has deteriorated. They will likely be concerned too that she is not getting enough fluids or nutritional substance. 

    A five hour drive tomorrow, not knowing if she will be admitted is a tough journey to make. I can understand how distressing it is for you watching and seeing your lovely sister suffering so much. 

    Please let us know how you get on, you are welcome here, come and chat at anytime. I know there are others here too with a similar diagnosis as your sister. 

    Chat soon,

    Lou x
  • TianaTiana Posts: 2
    Hi thanks for your reply.

    My sister was admitted today thankfully and will be getting radiation Tomorrow so we are all much happier that she is in the best hands for now.
  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 772 ✭✭✭✭✭


    That is good news, as you say, your sister will be well looked after and she is in the right place. I hope the radiation treatment goes ok tomorrow, that soon she will be able to increase her food and fluid intake, and be more comfortable.
    Are you staying up near the hospital too?

    I hope you all will be able to have a more peaceful evening.

    Take care, thinking of you,

    Keep in touch, 

    Lou xx

  • Joannemartina29Joannemartina29 Posts: 6
    Hi Tiana Hope your sister is improving. My husband was diagnosed in May and is on his 2nd round of chemotherapy. He also has a lot of weight loss. It fluctuates quite a lot, mostly because he doesn’t feel like eating and can’t eat. Very hard to watch and knowing what to do . Keeping your sister in my thoughts. X
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