I have been asked by a very dear and close friend to find out some information, and i would be grateful for any feedback, or help you can give.
I understand that some of these questions will be easy to answer, but neither my friend, nor i have been touched by cancer till now, and we do not know what to do, or expect.
My friends daughter has lung cancer, in a very advanced state, and it is now terminal, with no treatment available. My friend is going to care for her daughter at home, and would like to prepare for the days / weeks / months ahead.
My friend would like to know what to prepare for, and will their daughter require oxygen. What things should / can be done to make things easier / more comfortable for her.
What will my friends daughter be going through, what signs should she be looking for.
What should my friends do themselves, so that they look after their heath.
There are countless questions we / i could ask, but we do not know how to put them, so any help you could give us would be invaluable.
Bob- You are right, the questions are hard to answer. There are so many variables that coudl make things different. First, I have to ask, what type of lung cancer does she have? Also, I STRONGLY recommend Hospice, if they are available where she lives. They can answer every question, and assist in every way to prepare for the days to come. Can you find out what type of lung cancer she has. And, are they giving her any treatment at all, even if just for quality/comfort?
Renee, thankyou for replying. I do not know the exact type, but have been told it is a metastatic adenocarcinoma. The lung cancer is the secondary cancer, as it started elsewhere. The only treatment she is receiving is morphine tablets, for pain relief.
You would be doing the family a huge favor if you could check on Hospice for them. I have not yet called Hospice for my husband, but plan to, when the time comes that we need them. From what I have heard, they are very helpful. I'm sorry, I do not knwo what to tell you, as far as what to expect. My husband is not advanced enough and I have no other experience with cancer.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, and your friends.
Hospice is the best resource for help. They will give the family along with the patient the support necessary for home care. Not only will they provide personal, emotional help but they will also help with equipment needed to sustain quality of life for your friends daughter for as long as she needs it. Your family is my prayers