Jan 28, 2012 - 12:48 am
My 56 year old mother was recently diagnosed with stage 4 non small cell lung cancer adenocarcinoma. Unfortunately, she was in between jobs at the time of diagnosis and did not have health insurance so getting her treatment is extremely difficult since places are actually turning her down. My father passed away years ago and I have no siblings but I am her primary caretaker. I am in my last year of college and do not live at home so coming home every weekend and balancing school and my mothers diagnosis have been extremely difficult. We went to an oncologist who gave my mom 4 months (but she is unaware). She is in extremely high spirits and shows no signs of lung cancer. We found out her diagnosis because she was having extremely bad pain in her lower back for about 3 weeks and it got so bad we eventually had to take her to the ER where they found the cancer and found out she had a compound fracture in her spine due to its spread. She has been in pain for about a month now but is on a bunch of pain medications. They said the lung cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in her chest, her spine, left adrenal gland, liver and brain. The oncologist also told us that there is only one type of chemo for this type of cancer and that it usually doesn't respond well. Is this true? I cannot handle losing my mother she is my life. Unfortunately she has been losing weight and is bed ridden for about 90% of the day because of the pain from her back injury so I know her lifestyle might not help. I don't know what to do! Any ideas/help/etc. would be greatly appreciated.