lpastorello Posted July 25, 2015 Share Posted July 25, 2015 We just found out my Dad has stage 4 lung cancer. He had a mass on his chest x-ray and then a CT showed mass on lung, liver and adrenal gland. What is odd is they showed the CT to my parents and told him he is stage 4, but have not done biopsy, bronchoscopy, etc. Has anybody else been told they are stage 4 with only CT? I guess I am hoping this is a nightmare and maybe a bronchoscopy will say otherwise. My identical twin sister died almost 7 years ago at 31 years old, from leukemia leaving behind a beautiful little girl with no mother, and then my brother died at 42 years old, in June 11 after minor hernia surgery. He was overdosed in his IV on Dilaudid. My poor parents and I have not even buried him yet next to my sister and we just got the news this week that my Dad has cancer??? I don't know how one family can endure so much pain but I cannot lose my Dad too. They are survivors of Nazi occupation and escaped many years later during the Russian Revolution from Czechoslovakia. They are strong and have endured so much. He is 77 years old and has chronic kidney disease from Type 2 diabetes but has always managed it well. He has not needed any meds or insulin for the diabetes because he was so healthy. Can he get treatment being type 2 diabetic? He was a smoker and had quit when he was about 40 years old. He had quit cigarettes when I was very young, and then had smoked cigars and pipes but went cold turkey when he was 40 with all of it. I was so hoping his risk would have gone down but I guess with all of he heartbreak it left him susceptible? I do not know where to go for answers. He is at my brother's house in FL right now helping to take care of his business with my mom. I had to come back to take care of my daughter and my twin's daughter and take FMLA from work. We live in Chicago though and they would go down there just be with my brother for a few months here and there. Do they go to Moffitt in Tampa? Or Mayo Clinic in MN, Northwestern, U of Chicago? Can somebody guide us on where to get started? This doctor who diagnosed him was so rude because when they found out that my parents were suing for medical malpractice over my brother within the same hospital system (not sure how the doctor found out) so they refused to treat him but I want him at a better place anyway. I am so broken and would be grateful for any advice or any words of wisdom. Is there anybody out there stage 4 that has beat it??? Hopeless in Chicago, Linda Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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