Raindog Posted July 7, 2006 Share Posted July 7, 2006 Greetings to all of you, I have been lurking on this board for a few weeks now and I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful you all are. Your stories and advice have helped me get through the beginnings of this new life changing event called cancer. My father had a CT scan a few weeks ago, it showed a Mass in his right and left lung with suspicion on his liver. The masses are 2 cm and 3.1 cm respectively. Dad went for a bronchoscope last week. The resperologist told us he got one "big" sample from one of the leisons, but he was unable to get the scope to the other mass for biopsy. The resperologist that did the scope met with my family (I was not present) upon receiving the initial pathology, He told us the tissue sample had come back as "not cancer". He would not give any hope or encouragement about this (what we thought was good news) and proceeded to give my family time frames and numbers including the stage of the cancer,etc - without any conformation. It was if he wanted it to be cancer and would not encourage anything to the contrary! The following Tuesday July 4th the wash and brush results came back from pathology and confirmed that it indeed was Non Small cell Squamous cancer of the large cell variety. This was devastating! not only was it devastating - the results were read to my Mother over the phone by the Doctors receptionist as he was in surgery!!! Dad went to see the Oncologist yesterday, he was mostly examined and advised by the Oncologists Intern. Once the Oncologist arrived he said they suspected mets on his liver and, as there was a mass (not biopsiesd) on the other lung, that the cancer had spread and that chemotherapy was his recommendation. My concern and lack of knowledge is this: Should they not be doing more to confirm diagnosis, such as pet scans, bone scans, etc? The only staging we received was stage 4 from the resperologist during the "it came back as NO cancer" consultation. In other words - before it was confirmed as cancer! I am worried sick, as is my entire family over how this has all been handled. I am led to think that the Onc is treating this as palliative care without telling my family as much. Being that we have never been down this road we have had to decide to proceed with the Oncologist recommendation. My Dad is 71 and is a life long smoker with Diabetes. He likes his Oncologist and feels he has had enough stress over the past few weeks and wants to proceed with the chemotherapy plan. Dad is strong and aside from the stated - is in pretty good health. His attitude is to beat this and he is determined. We all support him and do NOT want to do anything to discourage him from his mental set. We are all terribly upset and obviously extremely anxious over this entire situation. I am so grateful to all of you for your courage and inspiring advice. Any help or feedback would be MUCH appreciated. Thank you all so much, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Best regards, -Rod (Canada) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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