Nov 11, 2013 - 6:39 am
My mother, who is 59, was recently a week ago diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer stage 3A, which means it's in her right lung only and spread to some of her lymph nodes. We were told because of the stage, surgery could be an option that would provide the best results. We were happy to hear that but then some more sad news came. She did an MRI 2 days ago and they said that it has spread to the brain in 2 different areas. Because of this they are now saying it is staged up to Metastatic cancer, (which surgery now might not be an option) which really worries me.
Not to mention about 4 month ago she was diagnosed with lupus and have been taking medications to control it, which led to the CT scans that found the cancer. Lupus is a disease that affects the immune system. This is been very sad news for her and all of us. I have been very worried. I have lots of questions and have been reading a lot and very sad and would like help. We have not met with the oncologist yet, just family doctors and her lupus doctor. My mother seems fine right now; she does not have any symptoms, just some minor headaches at times.
If anyone can help or has or know someone that has what my mother has or know of this please let me know or can comment anything related, that would really help us.
Could the lupus have anything to do with cancer? Could her lupus have caused the cancer? Or could they be related? Or just a coincidence?
During the treatment for lupus, she had an x-ray done of her lungs which they suspected of the mass, then did the pat scan which showed the lung cancer and then the preliminary biopsy results came in this week confirming the lung cancer but only one MRI was done 2 days ago, which showed spreading to her brain. Any changes the MRI could be wrong? How about the whole cancer diagnosis, any chances it could be wrong too? Should we get a second opinion and get another CT scan and MRI done to confirm it did go to the brain? I am very worried about the cancer going into the brain.
We have been going to a county hospital for her primary care and exams, HARBOR UCLA here in Torrance, CA; The family doctor is nice and very caring, most of doctors are finishing their residency there, but as a county hospital it's a long wait for everything and for a specialist. I am looking to take her to a private care. And want to make sure she gets the best care an treatments. I am also looking into private health care plans for her. Any recommendations or suggestions? What can we expect now? I have been reading cancer that spread to brain is very very severe. We have not discussed treatment options yet, but they want to schedule radiation ASAP. Because this I really like to discuss her options. Thank you so much for reading this any comment will be greatly appreciate it
thank you so much!