Jun 19, 2003 - 9:36 pm
My mother was just told she will have to have her left lung removed next week due to stage 1 non-small lung cancer. I know stage 1 is a blessing at this point and we hope all of the cancer will be taken out. We are not sure if it has spread to the lymph nodes.
My main question is regarding benefits or goverment assistance if she is in the hospital for an extended time. She works for Home Depot and does not make a lot of money. I don't think she has any type of medical leave that covers work leave and they say she will be out for at least 6 weeks. She is more worried about paying rent and bills than the cancer and she really needs to relax and focus on getting the treatment. Are there any programs that help in a situation like this? My family does not have much money to help either.
Any info on recovery from this type of cancer (the tumor is 2x3 cm) and/or info on financial assistance if there are any programs would be appreciated.
Thank you and my prayers are with everyone who has family members battling with this disease.