Nov 25, 2011 - 12:23 pm
On Monday 11/21/2011, my mother (73) was suffering from sever back pain, went to the ER and they discovered a 12 cm mass in the bottom 3/4 of a lung. For 2 years she had been treated for acid reflux but they never did a chest xray from the beginning of her issues. She had 2 endoscopys, which were hard on her. I am so angry about that but trying to move passed it. It's hard to be angry and crushed at the same time and I know it's a common emotional state when faced with such news. I keep it from her, but it's tearing me apart and I need to stay positive and enjoy time with her.
From the MRI the doctor looked at with us, he also sees that there's some spread of the "mass" which has been pulling on her esophagus creating the acid reflux. He didn't say it, but I believe any good doctor would guess from the MRI, it's cancer. Some good news is that her blood CBCs are within normal limits. She is trying to work with Kaiser to get the biopsy done soon. They seem to be dragging their feet. It's hard to think about that they may have passed judgment that her tumor is so advanced in size, they don't see an urgency to get a prognosis.
Is there any hope to keep her comfortable and have some successful treatments to lengthen the time she has with us? A diagnosis with lung cancer and the prognosis from all that I learned about cancer over the years seems so grim. Anyone have some advice and similar stories to offer hope? I'd really appreciate any tidbits of hope, advice along with small doses of reality...