Lauri Posted October 27, 2003 Share Posted October 27, 2003 Hi, everyone. First of all, some good news. My mom finally made it to the rehab floor at the hospital after going through an unexpected scary ordeal from a VATS lung biopsy that was done on October 17th. I am glad to see her recovering finally...what an ordeal! I have a problem/question though that I want to pose here: Immediately after the biopsy was completed, the doctor (still in his scrubs) spoke to my sister and I and confirmed our worse fears. He told us that she has lung cancer for which there is no cure and surgery would not be an option since it spread to her lymph nodes near her spine. So my sister and I have been dealing with this news since the 17th and preparing ourselves for a real battle with this cancer. We are prepared to take her for a second opinion at Fox Chase and get MOVING. Here's the problem: Since her condition has been so bad and touch-and-go for the past week or so, the doctor has apparently felt it best NOT TO TELL HER about the results of her biopsy. We have agreed with this all week...she has been in really bad shape. And the surgeon has avoided her and us all week. He finally saw her yesterday without us being present, told her she would be in rehab for 5 days or so, gave her an x-ray prescription for after she is discharged and told her he would see her in his office in about 2 weeks! STILL did not tell her the results of her biopsy. He apparently wants to make sure she is FULLY recovered. In the meantime, precious time is sliding by. I am very concerned that this whole process is taking too long. By the time she sees him again in two-three weeks, then gets the news, then gets around to seeing a few oncologists and having more tests done......it's going to be another 6 weeks of no treatment...etc. Am I being overly concerned?? I am sure he thinks she needs the time to recover before starting up again...she obviously couldn't handle the treatments necessary right now....but a part of me thinks we are now wasting precious time. Plus, she is in the dark and, on a few occasions, has asked us if we knew anything. It must be he/// for her... Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is this normal??? We cannot talk to her about it since our hands are temporarily tied. I do not have a problem being the squeaky wheel......I will do ANY KIND of research necessary....but I want to get on with this battle and get away from this doctor ASAP. He is very pessimistic and slow-moving (in my opinion). I appreciate any thoughts or opinions. Thanks for all your help..it does make a difference... Take care, Lauri Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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