Posted by Judie B.
on April 20, 2000 at 05:02:34:
My Mother (who is 72) was admitted to the emergency room 4/6/00, she was diagnosed with pericardium effusion around the heart. This was treated. X-rays were taken and cancer was found in her lungs. Her oncologist could not give us her "grade" of cancer but indicated it was Stage 4- Non Small Cell. The oncologist could not give us an answer as to what would happen if my Mom did not receive treatment. We are trying to decide if Chemo would benefit my mother, but I would like to give you a little background - My father passed away February 2000 and my mother is still in the early stages of mourning. My Mom also has many other health factors: cirroses of the liver (not sure of spelling), arthritis, back problems etc. I understand the oncologist must have a vision of seeing their patients live, to make them feel as well as they can feel and function as best as they can. I am worried about the emotional apsect of going through treatments. Physically, emotionally and spiritually I don't think she could handle it. Right now, she is also fatigued, her eating is nill, she has the pain/tingling in her fingers, arms, legs. If she is at this point now, and if these are also symptoms of Chemo - wouldn't it just make her worse? Any guidance/thoughts I would appreciate. Thank you in advance. Judie B.