Life Expectancy

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Life Expectancy

by Pie01 on Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hello,

Can anyone give me some idea of what the life expectancy is for Stage 3B Non Small Cell Cancer is.   My father has had Chemo and Radiation treatments this past year.  He completed both treatments.  Then he was hospitalized with Congestive Heart Failure.  He had surgery on the Pericardial Sac which was full of fluid, and they put a window in the Sac so it will not ever fill up again.   His last 4 CAT/Petscans came out good.  The doctor said he can't say that he still has cancer and can't say that he does not have cancer.  

If someone could give me a range of month, years or days, it would be helpful in order to plan ahead for his directives to be done.  (He would not do them at one time, but I think if I have more information, I can somehow gently convince him that it is necessary for everyone to fill out the directives) no matter if ill or not.

Thank you in advance for any information you can give me. 

Thomas    

 

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by marjieblue on Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:00 AM

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Try visiting this website:   cancerrecovery.org

It was started by Greg Anderson who had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer years ago and beat the odds and dedicated his life to encouraging others.  I have found the site to be very helpful.  The site will also send inspirational emails daily which are very soothing and are a blessing to read.  I hope that this is of some small help!

Like the ad for Cancer Hospitals of America says, no one comes with an expiration date!

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by Pie01 on Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 2/2/2008 marjieblue wrote:

Try visiting this website:   cancerrecovery.org

It was started by Greg Anderson who had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer years ago and beat the odds and dedicated his life to encouraging others.  I have found the site to be very helpful.  The site will also send inspirational emails daily which are very soothing and are a blessing to read.  I hope that this is of some small help!

Like the ad for Cancer Hospitals of America says, no one comes with an expiration date!

Thannk you for the Greg Anerson website.  He e-mailed a very encouraging and uplifting message.

 

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by Pie01 on Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 2/4/2008 Pie01 wrote:

 

On 2/2/2008 marjieblue wrote:

Try visiting this website:   cancerrecovery.org

It was started by Greg Anderson who had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer years ago and beat the odds and dedicated his life to encouraging others.  I have found the site to be very helpful.  The site will also send inspirational emails daily which are very soothing and are a blessing to read.  I hope that this is of some small help!

Like the ad for Cancer Hospitals of America says, no one comes with an expiration date!

Thannk you for the Greg Anerson website.  He e-mailed a very encouraging and uplifting message.

Also, thank you so much for your response.  I needed to hear what you said and what Greg said.


 

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by marjieblue on Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:00 AM

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I am so glad that you found the website helpful.  I forgot to comment on the directives that you mentioned.  I agree with you, everyone should have a will, health care proxy etc., no matter what their health is.  It is always best to be prepared!

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by Cheryl0114 on Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 1/25/2008 Pie01 wrote:

Hello,

Can anyone give me some idea of what the life expectancy is for Stage 3B Non Small Cell Cancer is.   My father has had Chemo and Radiation treatments this past year.  He completed both treatments.  Then he was hospitalized with Congestive Heart Failure.  He had surgery on the Pericardial Sac which was full of fluid, and they put a window in the Sac so it will not ever fill up again.   His last 4 CAT/Petscans came out good.  The doctor said he can't say that he still has cancer and can't say that he does not have cancer.  

If someone could give me a range of month, years or days, it would be helpful in order to plan ahead for his directives to be done.  (He would not do them at one time, but I think if I have more information, I can somehow gently convince him that it is necessary for everyone to fill out the directives) no matter if ill or not.

Thank you in advance for any information you can give me. 

Thomas    

 


Thomas,

My mother was diagnosed on Christmas Eve 2007 stage 4 Squamous Cell of the lung with multiple bone mets to the spine and flat bones, Mets to an adrenal gland, liver, spleen, brain, and surrounding lymph. I will tell you that not only as a daughter of a fighter but as a nurse........Advanced directives are important, but the next of kin will always make the call in the event of an emergency situation.....WE CAN'T PUT AN EXPIRATION DATE ON A PERSON it will become self fullfilling. Leave that up to God and your dad. Sounds like he's doing a great job at fighting this battle. You are putting more stress on yourself than necessary. LIVE everyday while he's alive....if we look to death it will find us. I wish you and your family the best.....I hope to see you keep posting about how nothing appears on those scans. It's a true blessing.

 

RE: Life Expectancy

by Pie01 on Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 2/24/2008 Cheryl0114 wrote:

 

On 1/25/2008 Pie01 wrote:

Hello,

Can anyone give me some idea of what the life expectancy is for Stage 3B Non Small Cell Cancer is.   My father has had Chemo and Radiation treatments this past year.  He completed both treatments.  Then he was hospitalized with Congestive Heart Failure.  He had surgery on the Pericardial Sac which was full of fluid, and they put a window in the Sac so it will not ever fill up again.   His last 4 CAT/Petscans came out good.  The doctor said he can't say that he still has cancer and can't say that he does not have cancer.  

If someone could give me a range of month, years or days, it would be helpful in order to plan ahead for his directives to be done.  (He would not do them at one time, but I think if I have more information, I can somehow gently convince him that it is necessary for everyone to fill out the directives) no matter if ill or not.

Thank you in advance for any information you can give me. 

Thomas    

 


Thomas,

My mother was diagnosed on Christmas Eve 2007 stage 4 Squamous Cell of the lung with multiple bone mets to the spine and flat bones, Mets to an adrenal gland, liver, spleen, brain, and surrounding lymph. I will tell you that not only as a daughter of a fighter but as a nurse........Advanced directives are important, but the next of kin will always make the call in the event of an emergency situation.....WE CAN'T PUT AN EXPIRATION DATE ON A PERSON it will become self fullfilling. Leave that up to God and your dad. Sounds like he's doing a great job at fighting this battle. You are putting more stress on yourself than necessary. LIVE everyday while he's alive....if we look to death it will find us. I wish you and your family the best.....I hope to see you keep posting about how nothing appears on those scans. It's a true blessing.

 


 

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by Pie01 on Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 2/25/2008 Pie01 wrote:

 

On 2/24/2008 Cheryl0114 wrote:

 

On 1/25/2008 Pie01 wrote:

Hello,

Can anyone give me some idea of what the life expectancy is for Stage 3B Non Small Cell Cancer is.   My father has had Chemo and Radiation treatments this past year.  He completed both treatments.  Then he was hospitalized with Congestive Heart Failure.  He had surgery on the Pericardial Sac which was full of fluid, and they put a window in the Sac so it will not ever fill up again.   His last 4 CAT/Petscans came out good.  The doctor said he can't say that he still has cancer and can't say that he does not have cancer.  

If someone could give me a range of month, years or days, it would be helpful in order to plan ahead for his directives to be done.  (He would not do them at one time, but I think if I have more information, I can somehow gently convince him that it is necessary for everyone to fill out the directives) no matter if ill or not.

Thank you in advance for any information you can give me. 

Thomas    

 


Thomas,

My mother was diagnosed on Christmas Eve 2007 stage 4 Squamous Cell of the lung with multiple bone mets to the spine and flat bones, Mets to an adrenal gland, liver, spleen, brain, and surrounding lymph. I will tell you that not only as a daughter of a fighter but as a nurse........Advanced directives are important, but the next of kin will always make the call in the event of an emergency situation.....WE CAN'T PUT AN EXPIRATION DATE ON A PERSON it will become self fullfilling. Leave that up to God and your dad. Sounds like he's doing a great job at fighting this battle. You are putting more stress on yourself than necessary. LIVE everyday while he's alive....if we look to death it will find us. I wish you and your family the best.....I hope to see you keep posting about how nothing appears on those scans. It's a true blessing.

 


 

Thank you Cheryl for your response.   I will use the words "there is no expiration date on my father"  when people have in the past and might do so in the future ask.....how long does he have to live.   I have told them it is God's Will.  But, I like your comment better.   My father refuses to do his directives.    

Pie01 Thomas

RE: Life Expectancy

by Pie01 on Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 2/25/2008 Pie01 wrote:

 

On 2/24/2008 Cheryl0114 wrote:

 

On 1/25/2008 Pie01 wrote:

Hello,

Can anyone give me some idea of what the life expectancy is for Stage 3B Non Small Cell Cancer is.   My father has had Chemo and Radiation treatments this past year.  He completed both treatments.  Then he was hospitalized with Congestive Heart Failure.  He had surgery on the Pericardial Sac which was full of fluid, and they put a window in the Sac so it will not ever fill up again.   His last 4 CAT/Petscans came out good.  The doctor said he can't say that he still has cancer and can't say that he does not have cancer.  

If someone could give me a range of month, years or days, it would be helpful in order to plan ahead for his directives to be done.  (He would not do them at one time, but I think if I have more information, I can somehow gently convince him that it is necessary for everyone to fill out the directives) no matter if ill or not.

Thank you in advance for any information you can give me. 

Thomas    

 


Thomas,

My mother was diagnosed on Christmas Eve 2007 stage 4 Squamous Cell of the lung with multiple bone mets to the spine and flat bones, Mets to an adrenal gland, liver, spleen, brain, and surrounding lymph. I will tell you that not only as a daughter of a fighter but as a nurse........Advanced directives are important, but the next of kin will always make the call in the event of an emergency situation.....WE CAN'T PUT AN EXPIRATION DATE ON A PERSON it will become self fullfilling. Leave that up to God and your dad. Sounds like he's doing a great job at fighting this battle. You are putting more stress on yourself than necessary. LIVE everyday while he's alive....if we look to death it will find us. I wish you and your family the best.....I hope to see you keep posting about how nothing appears on those scans. It's a true blessing.

 


 

It is good to hear that your mother and you are fighters.  I say never give up and accept that they are in good hands with the Lord.   I take my father to physical therapy at least twice a week.  I even joined and get a joy out of seeing him try so hard to do the simplest exercise.  My  prayers are with you, your mother and family.   It's an ugly disease to deal with and I remain positive.  Thank you again Cheryl.

Thomas

 

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