Oct 11, 2012 - 9:23 am
This is all very new to me so I apologize if I used incorrect terms or spelling ahead of time.
My father was diagnosed about 4 weeks ago. This is after 3 months of being treated first for what they thought to be TB and then A Typical Pneumonia. Turns out it is Small Cell Lung Cancer. Long and painful story short, he has been through 5 treatments of radiation (5 days 2 weeks ago). He finally starts his Chemo on Monday. It has spread to his spine, his collar bone, his ribs, wrapped around his bronchial tube, and now we found out yesterday that it is in his bone marrow. They biopsied last week after his platelets were at 6,000.
I am not in the same state as my parents, so my information is limited to what I am finding out 3rd person. However, the oncologist is very optimistic. I have been reading and researching, and the outlook looks grim. I am scared, and don’t know what to believe. I want the truth though. I am 4 states and way and as impossible as it is for me to be there long term, I need to make a decision based on fact not hopes. I want to be optimistic and I know I need to be but I also need to make decisions based on what is really going on.
I know everyone is different, and there are no guarantees. I am just so scared, and don’t know what is going on. I am hoping for some insight.