bethluvswill13 Posted December 27, 2005 Share Posted December 27, 2005 [/b] Hello, Im new here and thought I'd share my very lengthy story. My dad developed a cough which at the time seemed harmless. A few weeks prior my mom had a cough and she had to take two different antibiotics to get rid of it. Automatically we tied my dads cough to my moms prior cough. Okay, anyway my dad had some medicines prescribed, but to no avail...so the doctor ordered a chest x-ray. A few days later he called with some news...dad stopped by seemingly unworried he came home stating that a suspicious mass was on his lower right lung. I automatically begin researching lung masses and worrying. My dad however still wasn't worried. He had an appointment with a pulmonologist in a couple of weeks and seemed satisfied it would turn up nothing. Oddly enough during our little wait my cousin called from out-of-state and said my uncle just had an upper right lobectomy and was still in the hospital. It was a sudden find for him and no one got around to calling befor his surgery. My dad talked with my uncle and it was like he new something wasn't right with his x-ray...maybe it made him think of how his symptoms matched my uncle's. After, my dad spoke with him he begin to sit and stare while he was laying on the couch. Speeding up a bit... his lung doctor ordered more test. After those tests were finished he referred my dad to a surgeon because the PET scan showed three places digested the contrast, but were inconclusive on what it was...this was due to tumors only digesting partially and they didn't light up like normal tumors. The surgeon appointment rolled around and he wanted to operate the following week and did. My dad had his right lower lobe removed and 14 lymph nodes which later turned up positive as well. My dad begin carboplatin/taxol 1x weekly and 5x weekly radiation and will be finishing this cycle in 12 days. When this cycle is over we'll find out his progress. I intend for it to show nothing new and shrinking of original nodes. Well, sorry it took a long story to get it out. My dad is really starting to show signs of his therapy. He's slowed way down,eating less,losing weight,losing hair and laying around a lot. The one thing that's really wearing him is his coughing. The oncologist has prescribed two different medicines, but neither have worked. Oh, the other thing is really getting to him is pain in his trachea due to radiation directly to that area. He started boost radiation treatments Friday and it's really getting to him this week. Unfortuately, he has 8 more boost treatments left for this cycle to be completed. I just hope he can have enough relief before having another cycle. Thanks for listening...Beth OH, sorry one last thing. I think my dad is predisposed to cancer...his mom died LC, brother LC survivor and his baby brother died at 6yrs. from luekemia(spelling?). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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