SCLC palliative chemotherapy

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SCLC palliative chemotherapy

by jenrez10 on Mon Jan 11, 2016 08:51 PM

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Hi there, My mum was diagnosed with extended small cell lung cancer on Christmas Eve! Previous to this she had been very unwell with severe headaches and sickness and was admitted to hospital with very low sodium levels and tests were then run! At time of diagnosis she was given 3 to 6 months to live, she was offered palliative chemo and was told that this would improve her quality of life and maybe even extend it to 8 to 14 months! This leaves me questioning whether or not it's worth it. Mum decided to go ahead and try treatment she has had one round so far and her side effects have left her incapable of leading a normal life, so how does this improve her quality of life! Would it not be kinder to treat her symptoms with medication than to give her such aggressive treatment that it makes her housebound! She is already so depressed and If she continues with the rounds she'll have this for the next 18 week and then the cancer will come back and come back quick as soon as she does stop! Has anyone had a loved one diagnosed with this and had palliative chemo, what was your experience did it improve quality of life, did they have a few good months after treatment and do you think it's worth her continuing? Many thanks in advance for any advice Jenny

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by Thunder2013 on Sat Jan 16, 2016 02:12 AM

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My dad has sclc was diagnosed a yr ago it's been in remission for 3 months and last month was diagnosed with colon cancer .he had a full body scan today to see if the small cell has spread and to see if the colon cancer has spread to his liver . My heart hurts for my dad he has been fighting so hard and now he has 2 different cancers and some hard decisions .

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by jenrez10 on Sat Jan 16, 2016 08:02 PM

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I'm so sorry to hear this, I feel your pain! It's is so horrible, is he being offered treatment for it? My mum has had 1 round of chemo and I have to say that after all my reservations it has given her a better quality of life, she can breath better and all though the side effects are pretty horrific she is able to breath and is having a good couple of days now so if he does have treatment just make the most of the good days! I wish you all the best xxx

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by Thunder2013 on Mon Jan 18, 2016 01:58 AM

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I'm glad your mum is doing good . My dad had complications during surgery to remove the tumor in his colon so there is 20% of the cancer left I got a tear in his intestines that cause bowel to seep into his body which then put him into septic shock cute kidney damage cute respiratory failure was on a ventilator so he had to rehabilitation in a nursing home he is finally home and the doctors are saying they don't think you could handle taking another major surgery to remove the rest of the cancer so the options they are giving him are not very hopeful

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