Dec 11, 2002 - 5:34 pm
This is my first message on here. My Dad, age 56, has been diagnosed with stage IIIa. He hasn't started any treatments yet but has been nauseaus for about 5 days now. He had been feeling pretty good until he had a mediastinoscopy done on 11/27. He is also having trouble sleeping due to chest and back pain. I am concerned about the sudden nausea. Has anyone experienced this with lung cancer (besides with treatments)? His radiation treatments should start next week and he will also be taking chemo but we don't know the chemo schedule yet. Dad first went to the doc on 10/14 and he was sent to a Thoracic surgeon on 10/22 because of CT scan results. He has been taking tests since then and we are just now getting ready to start treatment. Does it always take so long to get going on treatments? He has one tumor the size of a ping pong ball in his right lung and it has spread to some chest lymph nodes. The doctors are optimistic about his treatment because they said he is in excellent physical shape (other than this cancer) and can withstand aggressive treatment. I am also worried because he just had a bone scan done today to make sure the cancer hasn't gone to his hip (which has recently started bothering him in the past 4-5 weeks). He says he doesn't really have pain in the hip but for some reason it now causes him to limp a little. The doctors said they didn't think it was the cancer because he had a PET scan on 10/25 and they felt that the hip joint would have showed up cancerous if it were there already. I pray they are right.