Originally Posted by moily
Hi, my 47 year old sister has stage 1V lung cancer with metastisis to the hip skull and liver. She has stopped eating and occasionally vomits black matter. Mentally she is extremely tired but still speaking normally. She is on liquid morphine. Does anyone have any idea how long we can expect. Thank you for any help you can give us.
My prayers go out to you and your sister. Having just gone through this terrible experience with my step-dad, I'm sure you are experiencing many different emotions and if you are anything like me, I was very anxious all the time not knowing what to expect next and when. My step-dad was called a "rare" case on many occasions by different medical personnel because his suffering was uncontrollable, so they said. He vomited tons of bright red blood about 2 weeks before he passed away. It was around this time I noticed he hardly ate anything at all - just a bite here and there. Hospice said this was normal in terminal patients. Then he began vomiting dark brown liquid during the last 12 hours of his life, and this happened about every 30 minutes to hour. Having not gotten a clear answer from the doctors, we are assuming from what research my mom and I have done that he had gastrointestinal hemmoraging (sp). At this point he was on 30ml/hour of a demerol infusion and ativan and haldol for terminal agitation. Also phenergan but it didn't help with the vomiting.
He had primary lung cancer with metastasis to almost all bones as well as the liver. In the end they also found a primary prostate cancer.
I kept wanting someone to tell me exactly how long my step-dad had to live. But of course, it's ultimately in the hands of God.