Oct 03, 2011 - 2:03 pm
Hi All -
I am new to this site. Dad, 78 yrs old, recently diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer - poorly differentiated adenocarcenoma. Long story short, went to ER in mid April for what DR thought was potential kidney failure. Was bleeding from somewhere, had to have 8 units of blood. Thought they figured out the problem but has since been back to ER 4 more times since - bleeding then vertigo. Finally last visit in early Sept they found 2 masses in the rt lung. He has had chest xrays before, has blood work done every 6 weeks for other health issues, has kidney dr., heart dr., and general dr. Not one of them noticed the fact he has lost 30lbs since April and recognized other symptoms! Went from being a relatively healthy, walk 3 miles a day guy to a 122lb use a walker to get out of bed guy.
Oncologist says surg not an option and not good candidate for rad/chemo due to other ailments - AFib, history of blood clots, Congestive Heart Failure and also weight loss.
He has PET and brain scan this week. Holding out hope that surgery may be an option since lung doctor said it is possible if it hasn't spread. Think dad would rather die on the table than to wither away like he is now.
Thank you so much in advance to anyone responding and best of luck to all those both dealing with and helping loved ones with cancer.