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My dad is now in hospice care...it's just a matter of days, they say.

He underwent round one of 5 F U chemo for his esophageal cancer.  The next week, he lost over 20 pounds due to diarrhea...  We took him to the ER two weeks ago.  He was weak and frail, couldn't stand on his own.  His health declined quickly the week following chemo.

Tests were run to see if he had a stomach virus...would take 72 hours from the time a stool sample was collected and sent to a lab before we'd know the results.

Dad's health, meanwhile, declined while in the hospital.  Days later, we learned there was no virus, but that he had DPD enzyme deficiency, explaining why he reacted the way he did to his 5 F U chemo treamtment. 

We're not sure if he was tested for this enzyme deficiency in the first place, but we're going to find out.  This test should be a standard test performed prior to chemo treatments.  If it can help that small percentage of victims, it's well worth it.  I would have had more time with my daddy.  I don't want anyone else to suffer the way we all have these past two weeks. 

 Let's continue to spread the message of this enzyme deficiency and 5 F U.

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