Feb 01, 2006 - 3:18 pm
My beloved mother (age 68) was diagnosed with Stage IIIB NSCLC on 12/7/05. She presented with shortness of breath, which was found to be due to pleural effusion around her right lung . . cytology of the fluid removed via thoracentesis identified malignant cells.
She started chemo last week (chemo was delayed due to complications and pleurodesis which had to be performed to address the pleural effusion problem). Doctor's "best guess" is that with chemotherapy she has 1-3 years to live.
I am just now crawling out of the very black hole I fell into after her diagnosis, and now I'm trying to arm myself with hopeful, positive information. Mom's spirits are good, and I want to be that way too. Any information is appreciated. Thanks in advance for any replies.