rosie1 Posted April 20, 2005 Share Posted April 20, 2005 Hello group. Yesterday my dad (actually my stepdad but he has been married to my mom for over 20 years and I love him like my dad) was diagnosed w/ stage IV. They had done a Bronchoscopy on Monday and ran into a mass in the upper lobe of the Rt lung. Yesterday they did surgery hoping to remove that lobe but found that it had spread to the lower lobes where they found several spots as well so they did not remove the lobe. They said the left lung was still clear. The doctor came out and said that it was stage IV with a prognosis of approx 6 months. I do not believe that he is going to undergo any chemo. The doctor told my mom that it would only prolong his life by 3 months at the most but would cause him to be more miserable. Several in the family thinks he needs a second opinion and some options laid out on the table. They want him to go to MD Anderson in Houston. I agree. He had seen my grandfather go through this who had fought a valient battle and had tried many different treatment regiments including some expermental treatments. Dad had appeared for several months now to not look well. We have pleaded with him to go to the doctor. last week he finally did and the doctor put him in the hospital for pneumonia after taking a chest xray. He had been on IV antibiotics a couple of days w/out any improvement and that is when they did a CT then the Bronchoscopy. I hope he has not given up. I have read many stories of those who have been diagnosed w/ stage IV and given 3 month, 6 months, etc and two years later are still posting on the boards. I pray that he has the will to fight and not just take 1 doctor's poor prognosis as gospel. Any comments, advice or suggestions? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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