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Posted by Ruth P. on June 28, 2000 at 10:44:33:

In Reply to: coping, planning posted by holly on June 28, 2000 at 01:01:44:

: my grandfather (80) was diagnosed w/ cancer a month ago and he has a massive tumor in one of his lungs and possibly something else developing. he also has diabetes and has been very out of it lately. the hospital has wanted to drag him back and forth early in the morning for radiation treatments <--- it's a really long drive. and he can't handle it. today, we found out he has three months to live, tops without the radiation treatment b/c hauling him back and forth to the hospital is too stressfull. so now my mother is talking about just taking him home and basically, letting him die there w/o getting the treatments. i was wondering if you guys had any advice on this? i'm only sixteen. are the radiation treatments really pointless at this state? or what's the deal with a..uh, hospus or whatever? i'm confused. please reply!

Hi Holly,
So sorry to hear about your grand-father having cancer. My sister passed away in Nov. 98. She had Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. She was diag. June 2 and passed away Nov. 1. Holly she had 30 radiation treatments. The tumor did shrink, but in the meantime the cancer had spread to her brain, bones, and other parts of her body. She did not have chemo. I think the radiation lessens the pain. Hospice is a good organization to have for your grand-father. he will need a lot of care. My heart goes out to you. Talk to your grand-father and be there for him and tell him you love him.My prayers are with you and your family. Ruth

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