Guest Jeannette Posted June 8, 2004 Share Posted June 8, 2004 ... and I'm not the one who's sick. Pardon me for just jumping in here. I'm new on the board. My mother was told she had pneumonia or asthma on 1/13 and was given an x-ray. She was diagnosed with lung cancer on 2/4/04, and it seems like every step we have taken since then has been so extremely S.....L......O.......W. The diagnosis was made from an CAT scan on 1/31. To check for lymph node involvement, she had to wait until 2/21 for a PET. She saw a pulmonary specialist on 3/1 who confirmed the initial diagnosis of pneumonia and lung cancer and recommended a mediastinoscopy since the PET scan was inconclusive. WAIT another 23 days for the mediastinoscopy to find out that the cancer is in the midline lymph nodes and the tumor is definitely inoperable. Radiation treatments recommended. See Onc. on 4/8, begin 7 weeks of radiation on 4/12. And we are WAITing yet again. Now we have to wait another 4 weeks before an xray or scan to determine the results of the radiation treatments??!!! I know it all takes time, but I'm so tired. And my work is suffering. And I guess I just needed to rant a little. I just want to know what's going on, and the doctors just seem to be so closed mouth about everything. All I know right now is she has stage III adenocarcinoma (they won't say whether it's A or B - they look at you like you are crazy if you ask) in the upper lobe of her left lung and that the cancer spread to the lymph nodes in her neck (that's how high they covered with the radiation). The radiation oncologist wouldn't say any more than he hoped that the radiation would have stopped the cancer but we won't know right away. I hope this message isn't too long. Thanks for reading. Jeannette Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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