Small trial suggests the scans might help, but experts aren't so sure
by Marko999 on Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:00 AM
My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer last October and received chemo treatment for 3 months. Recent tests show that this had little effect and the doctors were suggesting Radium treatment. However, over the past 2/3 weeks, he has been getting confused and clumsy (his own words) and last week it came to a head and he went to hospital for a brain scan. He has been told that he has 3 "spots" on the brain.
Could anyone elighten me as to what this means. I am very much a realist and appreciate information. I have a feeling that we are entering a final chapter but would like to hear some more qualified or experienced opinions.
Dad is 62
by Oncrx on Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:00 AM
Thanks for your reply. My gut feeling is that this is an advanced stage. he runs his own small post office and shop and so is active so it is difficult to assess how bad he is. He was given steroids last week once they diagnosed the spots on the brain and these certainly have worked at curing the symptoms.
Without seeming too blunt, I have a few raw questions:
Should we expect him to lose his faculties?
Will he die in pain? (I know it's an odd question but I'd appreciate the answer)
Are we looking at weeks rather than months?
I know that any answers given are merely an opinion but I feel that I will be far better able to assist once I know what is ahead.
Thank you so much.
by Thepowerofhope on Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:00 AM
Thank you for such a positive reply. I don't wish and hope for miracles but I just hope that he will get some time where he is feeling positive and can enjoy some of the simple things in life.
Dad is extremely active and the cancer is a nothing more than a nuisance for him. His lung cancer was discoverd by accident - he thought he had a broken rib after a fall and the xray showed the lung cancer when he wasn't even bothered by it at all. He was immediately referred for Chemo but the scan after 3 months showed no success. he has been offered radium treatment and i guess reading your reply, it is well worth a go!
Thanks again for the positive response.
by Pass4pets on Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:00 AM
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