• When do symptoms start ?

    Asked by vickyj on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    When do symptoms start ?

    If the Dr has said mom has advanced lung cancer and has 1 yr to live, how is it that her bp and oxygen levels are always good and she seems to feel fine other than being tired a lot. Mom is not undergoing any treatment and was dx 3 mos ago.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Each person is unique, some people show no symptoms what so ever. I know two people who had lung cancer, that had coughs that would not go away. My aunt who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 94, was fine, until she saw the doctor because she was feeling less "peppy" then her usual self for about 8 weeks. She passed away 4 months later.

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I was diagnosed w/stage IV endometrial. Completely asymptomatic. It was found during a hernia repair. Who knows how long it would have remained asymptomatic. There are no sure answers on some things.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lasander's Avatar

      Last year when I had my first go around with 3A L.C I asked my Dr. That very question. How long do I have to live? She looked me dead in the eye and said " you are no different than anyone else, you only have a lifetime to live". She was right.
      Two years ago my little sister was diagnosed with a Gilo stage 4 brain tumor, they gave her six months. She celebrated her two year birthday the other day, is back to work and raising her four kids by herself. When people throw out numbers, they are just that, numbers and nothing more. As for symptoms, right now I am going through round two of matastized lung c and I have yet to have one symptom of lung c. Not on oxygen, breathing treatments, pain meds... Nothing except a inhaler for my asthma and one pill for my rotten disposition which I have had for 40 years. I keep telling my doctors, " if you would quit lookin for XXX you would quit finding it". Thankfully they have a sense of humor.
      I give you and your mom all my love and remember ' Hope is the last thing to die'.

      over 3 years ago
    • CherylS@StF's Avatar

      Many times it depends on the patients health prior to the diagnosis. Was she in reasonably good health before the lung cancer diagnosis, that is always a positive. Often pain is brought on by the location of the tumor. My father had lung cancer and never indicated any need foany pain meds, he took a tylenol the morning he passed. Each person is different, that is not to say that as time goes on and the cancer spreads that there will not be pain days and that is when you need to be prepared for your mother to have her assessed by her oncologist so that he can give her the medications that will help her achieve the best possible pain control. Sorry about your families news, it is hard to watch those we love leave us sooner than we want.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      And why is she not taking treatment? Its 3 months? Whats going on here?

      over 3 years ago
    • vickyj's Avatar

      Mom is 82, blind, brittle diabetic, heart disease, and suffered a stroke 3 mos ago , that is when they discovered the LC. She had rcc 5 yrs ago and had her r kidney removed. Mom does not want to undergo further testing to find out what type of cancer she has, says she would not do treatment and the Dr agrees that she is too frail to handle chemo etc.

      over 3 years ago

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