Discussions that mention iressa

Cancer: Lung board


My dad is a 74 year old Stage IV NSCLC victim. He lives alone and prefers that. He was diagnosed a year ago June and went through the standard carbo/taxol treatment which stabalized things. The factor is it slowed things down, but his physical and emotional body suffered greatly. My brother and I had to check on him daily to make sure he ate and took his meds. He was still able to do his personal hygiene care. He stopped treatment last December and his body was able to strenghten. It was safe for him to drive again. He would leave his apartment and do his grocery shopping, drive-through eating, etc. His emotional state was wonderful. In August, he returned for a checkup and had some new spread. He is currently on Iressa and still at home. My brother or I check on him daily. Each day we see him going down. The Iressa has left him covered in sores. His eyelids look like they could bleed they are so red. All he wants to do is sleep, sleep, sleep. We are noticing a smell, so we think he is not attending to his personal hygiene. When is enough, enough? Is it time to say forget the chemo and let him regain his strength and allow his body to mend from the chemo? When is quality of life better than quantity? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Quote from kksellers:
My dad is a 74 year old Stage IV NSCLC victim. He lives alone and prefers that. He was diagnosed a year ago June and went through the standard carbo/taxol treatment which stabalized things. The factor is it slowed things down, but his physical and emotional body suffered greatly. My brother and I had to check on him daily to make sure he ate and took his meds. He was still able to do his personal hygiene care. He stopped treatment last December and his body was able to strenghten. It was safe for him to drive again. He would leave his apartment and do his grocery shopping, drive-through eating, etc. His emotional state was wonderful. In August, he returned for a checkup and had some new spread. He is currently on Iressa and still at home. My brother or I check on him daily. Each day we see him going down. The Iressa has left him covered in sores. His eyelids look like they could bleed they are so red. All he wants to do is sleep, sleep, sleep. We are noticing a smell, so we think he is not attending to his personal hygiene. When is enough, enough? Is it time to say forget the chemo and let him regain his strength and allow his body to mend from the chemo? When is quality of life better than quantity? Any thoughts would be appreciated.


////////////////////

This description is too sketchy for me to understand your father's true and accurate condition. IMO ASAP obtain a CANDID prognosis ( including treatment plan ) from his treating physician(s). If there is more that can be done with a reasonable liklihood of improving his condition go for it ! Conversely, if it's determined that nothing else can be done to improve his condition choose quality over quantity.

Good luck.