Lesli Posted May 7, 2004 Share Posted May 7, 2004 This is my first visit to this forum. I have serached for a support site for family members, and I am very glad to have found this one. My mother, age 66, just received a definative diagnosis of SCLC. She was told she had a "problem" about a month ago. She was having some chest pain, which was initially thought to be pleurisy. Chest Xray showed a mass in the left lower lobe, and a suspicious spot on her liver. She did have a large left pleural effusion, which was resolved with a thoracentesis. Now, 30 something days later, she has had a bone scan, a brain scan, a liver scan, a PET scan and an MRI (full body). All of the scans are fairly clear, except for what appears to be an hemangioma in the liver. This past Wednesday, she had an endoscopic thoracostomy and is still hospitalized. She has a chect tube and a pleur-evac. Her surgeon dissected a large portion of the tumor in her lung, and removed some of the hilar nodes, which he feels have metastatic disease. He is 99% certain that this is a SCLC, but the final path won't be back until Monday. He spoke with me on Wednesday, saying that further surgery will not help, and that the next step will be chemo and possibly radiation. Do I sound knowledgeable? Sure I do. I am a nurse, and this whole thing scares the CRAP out of me. Mom lives in LA, and I am in Chicago. My family is looking to me to be the strong one, and I don't want to be. This is my MOTHER, not a patient. Do you folks have any suggestions for me? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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