Newly diagnosed lung cancer
This is not me, but on behalf of my mother's partner. Following a collapsed lung and a pleural effusion, subsequent test results indicated cancer cells in the pleural fluid. And I'm not sure how accurate this is, but he says he was told he has a "large" mass on the one affected lung and several small ones in his abdomen. I suspect this tumor may have caused the fluid in the lungs, and the fluid caused the collapsed lung.
He is scheduled for another CAT scan and some kind of surgery. I'm not sure if the surgery is to biopsy the tumor(s) and find out how bad the cancer is, or if it's to remove cancerous growths. I'm not sure what surgery may initially be used for; I'm not totally keen on cancer treatments, honestly.
I'm basically looking more for support for my mom and him so they can maybe stay sane and hopeful. I don't know what kind or stage the cancer is, or if it's spread, but I think the fact that treatment is being suggested at all is a good thing (as opposed to being told it's inoperable).
I know he's depressed, saying he's going to die in two months, and I don't even know if he's going to get the surgery since he figures cancer = guaranteed death sentence, so he shouldn't bother trying. Aside from a bad, mucousy cough, he seems to be okay. He can walk and drive and talk and pretty much do everything he did before.
Other info, if it's helpful...guy's about 59, smoked for about seven years and welded for a few years back in the 90s. Never really any other health issues beyond respiratory (allergies, bronchitis).
I'm trying to stay hopeful, even if I don't like the guy. My grandma had her lung removed due to cancer and she lived for about 18 more years following the diagnosis (and got cancer in her intestines in those 18 years - lived through that too). If it has not spread beyond that one lung, is it possible that removing said lung will help? What if it has spread? Or is treatment usually a mix of surgery and radiation/chemo?