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Posted by Joanne on October 19, 2000 at 22:16:05:

I just found this board two days ago, and have found the posts extremely helpful and comforting while enduring my mother's cancer. HUGE thanks to all who have posted, most especially those who shared their experiences with small cell lung cancer (Diana, Artemis, etc).

I was in a very good place mentally (optimistic) and had hoped to help others who had just begun this "journey". Today my world abruptly stopped. My mother, who is Stage IV and undergoing chemo, apparently now has liver mets. She has taken a drastic turn downwards and her liver function is extremely low. My father says she is "so yellow, she is almost orange" (she is out of state from me), and we are PETRIFIED!

I have done SO MUCH studying about small cell cancer, the treatments, etc and it has given me much comfort to have KNOWLEDGE of exactly what is going on, but I am at a loss now, and am panicky that I don't have enough time to "learn" what is going to happen now in regards to her liver?!

Could I ask those who have had experience with liver mets to offer some advice or suggestions? Besides chemo, what else may the oncologist suggest to prevent her liver from shutting down completely? She has rarely been awake over the last couple days, maybe a total of 2 or 3 hours during a 24 hour day. Is this due to the fatigue of her ailing liver? (She was due to start another round of chemo this coming week).

Most importantly, is this what is referred to as "the beginning to the end"? Do I need to prepare myself mentally?

Most importantly, is this what is referred to as "the beginning of the end?" Do I need to start preparing myself?

MUCH appreciation for any help!

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