please help, new to forum with sick parent
I was just looking for someone else who has been through this as I don't think I could handle any surprises.
My father has been diagnosed with NSCLC approx 3 weeks ago. He has already had 2 rounds of chemo, but they can't operate because of the type of cancer mass that it is (too soft and apparently too deep in the tissue of the lung) as well as him having COPD. The problem is that his Dr. hasn't given a prognosis or a type of cancer he has. I have seen his PET scan results, and know that the mass in his right lung is considered large for cancer, and also know it has already begun to spread (metastasize) throughout the rest of his body. Primarily his lymph nodes under and around his right chest and pecs, along his shoulders and beginning to climb his neck. They have also found hypometabolic activity at the head of his pancreas, and other small nodules in his spine, hip and adrenal glands around his body. I guess, really I am looking for real time answers here. His Dr told him that they have about a 40-60% chance of managing this cancer and stopping the spread, however, they have also prescribed 2 different types of morphine for pain. I don't want to ask too many questions because his hopes are high, and I know this fight is as physical as it is mental. But I have just spent the last week with him after not seeing him for almost 2 years and he has lost a considerable amount of weight and he is always very sore and tired. Does anyone have any idea what might be going on, or know what I should expect. He lives in Mississippi and I live in Ct, so I can't see him every day. Please help!!