KP1992 Posted November 13, 2018 Share Posted November 13, 2018 Hi all, glad to have found community that I can lean on. My father was diagnosed with cancer last week. He started having difficulty breathing about a month ago so my mom took him to the ER and the scans showed nothing. About 3-4 weeks later he was having trouble breathing again so she took him in again and this time the Xray and CT scan showed a mass in his left lung constricting the air way plus some spread to the right lung. The oncology team said his biopsy results have deemed the cancer "poorly differentiated" and they can't tell whether it is SCLC or NSCLC but they will treat it as if it were SCLC because of how aggressively it appeared. They are pretty confident in calling it Stage 1 because his recent CT and MRIs don't show any sign of spread. With all things considered I guess we got lucky that it started constricting his airway which led to discovering the cancer early. I still feel like I haven't processed all of the information or have figured out what else I should know. I'm confused as to how they can't figure out which one it is. To my understanding, the treatments and outlook for both are completely different from each other. It's seems like we're only left with shooting in the dark. Any words of advice from those who have had to unfortunately gone through this would be great. My mind is all over the place from info overload, caring for my dad, making sure my mom is looking out for her health, taking care of things around the house for my dad's return, fires threatening my home in CA, figuring out Family Medical Leave. I just feel so lost. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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