Hi I'm new here. I have a lot of questions if that's ok. My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer about a month ago. She told me that it is inoperable, but did'nt tell me why.
Last week she learned it is non small cell. We just found out today that the cancer is not in the lungs or on the lungs, but in the fluid around the lungs. The fluid keeps building up and it has been removed 5 times already. What I didn't think to ask the dr today is, if the cancer is in the fluid, why isn't it removed when the fluid is removed?
Today dr. said it is stage 4, which from what I have been reading means it has spread to other organs in the body. As far as I know dr. hasn't said anything to my mother about the stage it is at until today. I don't know at waht stage it was at when she was first diagnosed.
When my mother was first diagnosed, the dr. said that on a scale from 2 to 20, hers is 8. *what* is 8 ?? I researched to try and find what this means, I found nothing. All I found is information on the different stages. He did not tell her what the stage is until I asked today.
I asked him what 2 to 20 meant and he shook his head and said don't worry about it. (?)
I asked how serious was this and he said don't worry about it. (?)
She has been doing chemo once a week, this is her 4th week. Last week, dr. told her that there is a new medicine specifically made for her type of cancer called xalkori. It is a pill. He thinks it'll be better than the chemo even though the side effects really worry me. My mother wants to do this instead of chemo.
He told us that stage 4 doesn't really mean anything, because it means different things to different people??
My mother thinks he's a great doctor. He seems to be, but he is skirting around the serious issue here and I guess he doesn't want her to worry. But, I didn't doctors were suppose to be this way toward patients.
He told us not to worry about the stage now, or how serious it is, until he sees how the xalkori will work.
I know I will have more questions later. Thanks for any help you can give.