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Told by daghter Jeanette
Jerry Bud Farguson "popa"
Dad did really well on chemo with none of the usual side affects until his last week then his blood count went really low causing a heart attack which was followed by stent placement [ he had a quad by-pass in june of 2000 and one stent in 2001 a stroke during the by-pass] after about 4-5 weeks he was bleeding again the uro went back to do a "scope and fulgrizing to stop the bleeding and found the tumor was back and invading the wall .
At this time radiation was started after about 2 weeks of radation he started bleeding really bad went back in to "scope" now it was invading the "dome as well" because of his heart health, diabetes, stroke, the doctors refused to take out his bladder. Dads blood counts continued to drop steady causing him to have blood transfusions every two weeks he was getting 90,000 units of procrit, neupagen etc. I.V. iron transfusions weekly during the year he ended up having 21 "scopes" to try to control bleeding to no avail.
I then took him to do a course of hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy everyday for 3 months the doctors said this might help to improve his heart, stroke, diabetes as well as the bladder it didn't work either I begged and pleaded with the doctors to do something. the uro suggested MD Anderson cancer center so this was my next path took him to houston about 400 miles from where we live they did a battery of test there another "scope" and biopsy and said they wouldn't consider taking his bladder out either but as a last ditch effort to do something they wanted to instill mitomycin directly into the bladder so we did this and dad was fine for six weeks no bleeding pretty much back to his old self. then we were getting ready to instill the second treatment and he started bleeding profusley again the uro went back in with a "scope" and fulgurized again then instilled mitomycin again this time it didn't help at all two more "scopes" after this and four more blood transfusions nothing worked to help him.
On February 16, Dad went back in for another "scope and fulgarizing"
not helping at all in fact his pain was so bad I had never through everything
seen my dad cry and this time he was hurting so bad he was. He was in
the hospital and not having any urine output they called in a nephrologist
and ran a new battery of test now he was in complete renal failure the
tumor had grown into the kidney. The doctors said there was nothing else
they could do and suggested we call in hospice. so we called in hospice
and I brought dad home on February 18,2005.