Hi Lynn- As you said, there is not much time between diagnosis and finding out that it is terminal. With my husband who is 44, he had been battling walking pneumonia for several months, and taking multiple antibiotics (this seems to be common). My husband was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer December 26th 2003, told he was terminal the same day, 6-9 months to live.. 1 year at best. We actually did not fnd out by a tumor being found in his lung. My husband was feeling pain in his hip after bowling. We went to the Doctor December 24th, nothing showed on the x-ray of his hip. We were then referred to an orthopedic who did an MRI, the orthopedic saw the cancer in the bone in his hip. Naturally, on x-mas eve, he did not tell us, he sent us to the hospital for a series of test. On December 26th, our family Doctor asked that we come to his office, he gave us the news.
From what I understand, the survial rate is when they expect the patient will pass away.
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Hi, in my mom's case, she was diagnosed in 1999, did the surgery. Cancer returned to her lung one year later. Dr. gave her six months, but she still live to today, although she found out about her brain mets last months. It really depends on each individual, and one thing her attitude is real important. Although she was hit by this several times, my mom has been always optimistic and very upbeat.
Originally Posted by Missylynn
First, my heart and my prayers go out to those of you who are battling lung cancer or has a love one who is.
From my readings it seems that there isn't much time from diagnosis until a person is terminal. Is that because by the time you discover symtoms the disease has progressed to the terminal stage?
Another question, when there's talk about a survival rate of 3 years does that mean that most likely the patient won't live longer than that or that the cancer returns after 3 years?
I am sorry to read you are going through what I've been through until recently.
It seems Lung Cancer is often not detected till its advanced..its very much a silent killer. Killer I say, as sadly the prognosis for long term survival, statistically is poor. Just remember though, its that, a statisitic. I'd opt for the positive always.
To briefly tell you my story (you can also search under 'Kiddo'), my Dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 non small cell lung cancer on Christmas Eve 2003 (no waiting for us!). He was told with radiotherapy and chemo he'd have 8-9 months, to a year. If he did nothing, Doctors expected him to live 3 months. I'm very sorry to say, all were too generous..my Dad survived 6 weeks. He passed 30 January 2004. In his situation, things changed very very quickly.
I found each day became precious. and time slowed down just that little bit. Importantly, those 6 weeks feel like many months, to a year in my heart. I treasure my memories during this time. My Dad is a true Hero and my sweet Angel in the sky.
Please believe there are many people reading your message who care and will listen.
Hi Kiddo- I just read through your posts. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad, my herat aches for you. I too lost my Dad 10 years ago, it was very difficult. Now, facing losing my husband to this horrible disease.
As you stated, lung cancer is rarely caught soon enough. I sometimes wonder if we are blessed or cursed by knowing the final days are near. It is good to be able to say and do things you may normally put off until tomorrow. But, it is so difficult for the family to see their loved one suffer. And, the thoughts and the pain that the loved one must bear is heart breaking.