Nov 07, 2002 - 10:19 pm
My mom was diagnosed last Thursday with Lung Cancer that the doctor described as "advanced". Her first question to him was, "how long do I have to live?" He immediately explained to her that classifying her cancer as "advanced" does not mean it's terminal. He says it simply tells them what type of treatmen will be required initially. Is the doctor being honest with this explanation? She goes in next week for a biopsy. She is getting very anxius and depressed right now. Her cancer was discoverd by a spot that appeared on a chest x-ray and then a CT Scan. The doctor says that her lymph nodes appeared swollen which was an indication her body was attempting to fight off the disease. However, he says there appeared to be a smaller spot on her opposite lung. Is there anyone out there with a similar story. If so, what do you think her chances of beating this are and what can we (my brother and two sisters, all adults) expect to see after her treatment begins? It will probably be chemo.