Jan 24, 2011 - 6:23 pm
My friend fuond a lump. She ignored it. By the time she went to the doctor it was large and had gone into her lymph nodes, chest wall, liver and vertebrae. They started her on aggressive chemo and actually got her to a point where she could take a break - it had worked. She went off chemo for about 6 months and it came back. Went back and beat it back again and got 9 months off. Now its back again. She is in advanced liver disease. She is having problems with both hypercalcemia and ascites and has a build-up in her abdomen within a few days of being drained. The doctor told her there is nothing more they can do and she needs to get her affairs in order. He won't give a time frame and we are all wondering how long she really has. I saw her today and she was yellow and was so tired and confused it frightened me. She can't remember what was said 10 minutes ago. I don't want to over-react but it seems like she doesn't have more than a few days. I am just wondering what people saw in those last weeks/days. I don't want to panic her family but they are out of town and keep asking me if they should come. I sounded the alarm and asked them to come in a few months ago when the hypercalcemia started and maybe I am just panicking again. She goes in to her oncologist on Wednesday to get her calcium checked (and probably get fluids and lasix to flush out that extra calcium).