Guest CindiB Posted November 7, 2003 Share Posted November 7, 2003 Hi, My name is Cindi. I am a 43 year old only child, who's wonderful 66 year old mother was just diagnosed with NSCLC mid October. We had been seeing her regular MD for eight months prior, he had diagnosed her with COPD without ever doing a chest x-ray. She had not had a chest x-ray for three years prior to becoming ill. I watched my intelligent,independent, happy mother go steadily downhill. Turning into a near invalid, barely able to go to the bathroom without nearly coughing herself to death, and seeing this quack every two weeks as he loaded her up with more and more asthma, and allergy drugs. I finally insisted he refer her to an internist who immediately hospitalized her. Her left lung is completely consumed with tumor, and the tumor has grown considerably into her bronchial passages, causing the coughing and reccurent pneumonia (which quack dr assured us she did NOT have) and bronchitis. We've had laser surgery in an attempt to open the bronchial passage so that she could more easily breath, which failed due to the tumor being completely in control of the lung, and very little lung left. We saw an oncologist on Oct 27th at which point she was again hospitalized for tests and the lazer surgery. CT scans and MRI's show no mets to the brain or other organs, however she does have a fairly large mass in her neck, and lymph node involvement. She is currently undergoing radiation, first treatment was Tuesday of this week. However they are only doing radiation of the chest and upper abdomen, and nothing is being done about the mass in her neck. Her dr has not 'staged' her although I am sure she is IIIB or IV. He also has not given us definitive answers regarding type of cancer, although it is NSC and not squamous cell. How pushy should I be in getting this information? His answer is always that it does not matter because treatment will be the same regardless. He is not reccomending chemo at this time. Any advice? What can I do to help her? I am staying in her home with my husband and children in order to care for her. She is coughing continually, even with nebulizer every three hours, and miserable. She is taking prednisone, tessalon, plus the nebulizer, asthmacort, her blood pressure meds, and diuretics, as well as an intidepressent and ativan for stress. God bless Cindi Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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