Ncbb's Journey with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Lung Cancer

Caregiver: Lung Cancer > Non-Small Cell > Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 79

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    • Ncbb
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    I am a caretaker/best friend for my cousin who was always a second mother to me throughout my life. With what started out as a diagnosis of gall stones in the gall bladder in January has now been diagnosed as Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Only by jumping through the medical hoops to get the gallbladder surgery setup did we even find out about the cancer in the first place. In less than 7 weeks now, it has gone from the lung to the chest nodes on to the liver and the colon. We start chemo next week and have been told it is inoperable and incurable. She has been given a 9-12 month survival rate with chemo. 3 months or less without it. Beyond the initial shock, I am a little put off by how the different doctor's delivered this information. The Doc for the gallbladder said after we had taken the tests for the gallstone operation, and I quote "You have Cancer, I'm not operating and you need to see this guy." The lung doctor was a dear and showed us through the PET scan and explained where all the cancer was located, how severe it looked to him, and set us up for 2 different appointments depending on the second biopsy. The oncologist would not tell us anything that we didn't ask about. It was like pulling teeth. But we are stubborn woman and took our list of questions in with us! Now we are facing chemo starting this Thursday and still feel a little under informed. Is this the best course for us? Would radiation help in this circumstance besides the chemo? Should we get a second opinion? Thank you for any help. We are floundering a bit here...

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    • Ncbb
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First day of Chemo. We were told they would do another regimen and at the last minute they decided on Docetaxel due to low creatinine (sp?) levels. We opted for treatments at her Oncologist's office where we have a nice room to ourselves and a nice comfy lounger for her. They hooked Pat up to a "water" bag for a bit then treatment started. She had the steroids first, followed by the Benadryl and then the Docetaxel. Since it was the first treatment, we were told it would take longer than normal and we were given a Calender of treatments, tests, and off time. Any questions we had were answered every time the Nurse came in the room or by the Doc herself. We were both made to feel very comfortable with the whole process and feel better about what to expect. I must say Pat has tolerated all of it well. No side effects to speak of that weren't present before the chemo treatment. And we haven't noticed any worse symptoms at this time. We know this won't continue to be a breeze but today was very mild considering what we were expecting. We have been told to watch for any odd symptoms and we know tomorrow will probably not be as good a day as today was. Oh and now with this treatment, she will lose her hair...

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Ncbb
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, ...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    • Ncbb
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, ...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Other Care

    Just a note to let everyone know Pat is home now. We have moved her from the nursing home because she wants to die at home with her stuff and some of her cats. She is fading really really fast (my thoughts ~ the doctors just say soon) and has gone downhill really bad in the last 8 days. She is mostly sleeping or drowsy, but as painfree as we can help her to be. If you'd like to see her before it's too late, please call this week and come by. I'm not sure that she'll last very much longer.

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