jessopy2 Posted May 11, 2007 Share Posted May 11, 2007 My mom (stage 3b/4 - nodes new to abdomen) has been in and out of the hospital alot recently due to pneumonia/pleural effusion/ fibrillation and is waiting to start Tarceva. We are noticing that the doctors in the hospital for treatment of these issues that are arising keep discussing palliative care options with my mom, while her oncologist hasn't really ever called her treatment that. I know in some cases it's just semantics, but it makes my mom really upset and she gets quite frustrated with the doctors/ nurses regarding this. Is our own oncologist just not telling us something or are these doctors jumping the gun here? My mom has deteriorated quite quickly in the last month but we are really hoping that Tarceva will help to stabilize/improve things. Has anyone had doctors like this, do the semantics really matter, does it change her care/ approach to her care? Any thoughts would be great. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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