Re: HELP - Small Cell Lung Cancer
My aunt had small cell carcinoma, in the lymph system, but which almost certainly started in the lung. Her initial prognosis was 5 weeks, but she actually survived just under 2 years. However, it has to be said that for much of those 2 years she was very unwell, either from the cancer, or from the treatment (4 separate lots of chemo, plus radiotherapy, and steroids for the associated brain tumours). As was previously said, it is the most aggressive form of cancer, and as far as I know, has a practically zero cure rate. Maximum survival time is given as 2 years.
I am very sorry that your husband has this diagnosis.
As far as nutrition goes, I have heard that eating/drinking nothing but fresh, juiced, raw fruit and veg (absolutely nothing else) can at least assist the immune system, and may stop him picking up other illnesses/infections. But unless he is already a strict vegan and likes juiced veg, I can't imagine it's a very attractive proposition for one's last few months of life. I believe that it is also only effective if all other treatments are stopped, as the chemotherapy will negate any good effects of the nutrition.
Chemotherapy basically kills off blood cells. Ideally, you would want it to only kill cancerous cells, but unfortunately, it also kills the healthy white cells which are what you need to fight illness and infection. But that is why they do a blood count (a CBC or Complete Blood Count, counts the proportion of red cells, white cells and platelets in the blood) - your white cells have to reach a certain proportion of your blood in order for you to be considered healthy enough for your next round of chemo - which kills off the white cells. You can see how it's a vicious circle.
Having seen what my aunt went through, I would be inclined to agree with the previous poster. While your husband is still well enough, DO STUFF! Travel, eat out, talk - lots, anything he'll really regret not doing when it's too late.
I wish you both the best, and hope that he stays as comfortable and pain-free until the end.