Fatigue and Nausea following chemo

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Fatigue and Nausea following chemo

by Arona on Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:34 PM

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Hi Everyone. This is my first time posting (actually first time I have ever posted on a message board) so apologies in advance if I've put this is the wrong spot. I also just want to say a big thank you to all of you who have unknowingly been such a great source of information through previous threads I have read.

My father was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in January. Initially, he was considered a candidate for surgery, but after his first course of chemo, further tests revealed spots on his stomach so it was decided he would do another course of chemo. 

He has been an absolute champ throughout all the chemo. There has been side effects like loss of taste, cold feet and hands etc., but no illness and he has more or less carried on with his life. His final treatment was about 3 weeks ago and the next step is radiation to further shrink the tumour.

However, this past week, all he has done is sleep. He is also extremely nauseous, which has resulted in him not eating at all. He was very active with a normal appetite during all the chemo, so this lack of energy and loss of appetitie has come as a bit of a surprise. We are also concerned about his mental health as he seems to have lost the drive and positive attitude that has helped him through this. 

Has anyone else experienced this after completing chemo? Can I also ask for some advice on how best to support my dad? I feel like we just need to let him be for a little while, but I also don't want to ignore any possible mental health issues that we should be addressing. 

Thanking you in advance.

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