Hmm.. I don't think they will say that, unless they think your dad is terminal. Even in the worst case senerio .. I believe they will atleast TRY some type of treatment to see if it works, before 'giving up' and giving him a time frame on how much longer he has to live.
It's so crazy how quickly a life can change in an instant.. And it's not just your dad going through this, but your whole entire family is having to cope and deal and be supportive, etc.. It's a rollercoaster forsure
My dad didn't seem sick either !! He actually had NO symptoms and went for a follow up with the Urologist who did his kidney surgery.. (which I find odd, because he had blood work a week before with his primary then suddenly received a letter saying he has an appt scheduled with the urologist after 2 1/2 years??) They just sent him for a 'routine' scan and BOOM there it was on his lung. I read that most of the time, people have no symptoms and when they DO experience symptoms the disease is really advanced. Do you know the size of the tumor on your dad's lung?
Yes, Dana Farber is VERY good, amoung the best in the world. My father is set up with an Oncolgist from Dana Farber. Is your father scheduled for surgery or anything with Beth Israel? & Yes, the sattelite location is very convient! I work in health care and have friends who have dealt with cancer themselves and have been very helpful thus far. I can inbox you the link to the team at Dana Farber that specializes in lung cancer, if you'd like?
You know, it's weird too.. Because this all started with my dad in the middle of October as well & see how quickly things move along?? Although the waiting and 'not knowing" seems like it lasts FOREVER. Please trust me when I say I totally know what you mean about being scared, not knowing what's going to happen and feeling a wave of mixed emotions about everything. Wanting anwers right now, wanting to know what's going to happen down the line, is he going to be ok.. is he going to survive this?? I feel all of that too. Cancer is such a horrible disease. But do NOT give up hope, there is so much treatment out there. I've broken down quite a few times thinking the worst. But I can't give up and feel like this is the end.. Because I refuse to let go and throw in the towel. I won't... My dad won't either. I am sure it's the same for you and your family. It's so important to stay positive (especially around him) and research as much as you can to get the absolute best care for your dad. As far as reading online about the stastics, I did that too and freaked out.. but every case if different, everyone is different. Keep that in mind
My Dad has a slight cough and is sometimes out of breath kinda fast. My father also had severe pain in his leg and went to the ER a couple of weeks ago, after many tests and a bone scan, that's when they discovered he has cancer in his femur bone as well, so he currently can -not- walk at all on his leg. It's alil' hetic right now for him to say the least, oi. What about your dad, Is he having any other symptoms?? Thank you & I hope your dad will be ok as well