my dad went back to see his gastroenterologist today. he has UC and he had recently had a kolonoskopy to check where things were at with it.
Unfortunately the news wasnt good. she told him his bowel is chronically inflamed. she said there is no cancer there which is a positive, but during the last two kolonoskopys he’s had polyps removed. she said the form of UC he has is very rare and very severe.
they arentsure what treatment to put him on. she said he’d have to go for another sorta scan, a sorta x-ray and scan done at the same time, to monitor his bowel motions. that wont be happening for a month though. in the meantime she gave him another laxative to try. He also has to go for a liver ultrasound in september.
she said there are injections he can go on every two weeks to reduce the inflamation but they have terrible side effects including breaking down his immune system and they can also cause skin cancer and other forms of cancer. so they are waiting to see what the scan shows before thinking about putting him on the injections.
he also has to have physio to retrain his bowel. there was talk of them operating on him to fit a stoma bag but now he thinks that isnt going to be happening, she wants to try every other form of treatment first.
Its a worrying time for all of us. My dad is a little depressed and his mood is fluctuating up and down and he is taking things out on the rest of the family. I suppose that is to be expected but its not nice and he is not pleasant to be around right now.