Well i found this interesting tid-bit.....
Agathosma Betulina (also known as Buchu) has been used by the natives of the Western Cape of Southern Africa for many centuries. Early Dutch settlers used buchu to make a brandy tincture and Boegoebrandewyn (buchu brandy) is still used today to support health. Buchu has been used traditionally to help cleanse the urinary tract and act as a natural diuretic, helping to flush out and cleanse the bladder and entire urinary tract.
So there ya go...he found a natural remedy!! Pat
I say ask the Dr. But honestly if your father is at the end stage, they would be giving him very strong narcotics (if he was being treated). Is he on any narcotics? That would be a concern of course because alcohol intensifies the effects of the drugs and he could OD. If alcohol is all he is taking however, then maybe that is his "pain releiver"? My best advise is to ask a Dr. But remember, he made his choice when he saw not other options. As long as he isn't mixing it with the drugs, and the Dr. is OK with it, I say let him enjoy it. It would be hard for me to say no to a dying man.
Caregiver for my Wonderful Husband Angelo, who has Metastatic Bladder Cancer.
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I have another situation with my Dad that I'm totally clueless about...again! Shortly after my Dad's decision to not pursue any treatments, because of his bladder cancer and COPD, he began to drink beer. Which surprisingly enough to my family, his urologist told him was okay. He then started to swell more than he had been and of course, urinating a LOT. Recently, over the past 2-3 weeks, he stopped drinking beer and now drinks Brandy. His swelling has went down, he is not urinating nearly as much and he is not having the problem with bleeding and blood clots that he was earlier. Does anyone know what the real effects of alcohol are with bladder cancer??? I really couldn't find anything much on the subject. When I "Googled" it, all I could find were studies about whether or not alcohol actually caused the cancer or not. Nothing on what it does AFTER you already have bladder cancer.
I would appreciate any feedback or knowledge on this subject, because as seems to be the case a lot with all of this, we are clueless.