Lung Cancer - What now?
July 17, 2012 12:58 PM Subscribe
80 years old, lost 40 pounds since May, no appetite, weakening, diagnosed with lung cancer today. What can we expect now?
posted by soulbarn to health & fitness (30 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
He's 80 years old. Quit smoking about ten years ago. In the six weeks, has lost about 40 pounds, spent the past two weeks getting multiple tests before finally arriving at the diagnosis. Previous medical conditions include laryngeal cancer and prostate cancer, both over a decade ago; as well as cardiac bypass surgery, also over a decade ago. Has an aortic aneurism (repaired). Began coughing blood a week or so ago. Patient is clearly weakening and now feels too weak to drive himself, so will probably need care. Has also lost his voice significantly over past few days.
Though the doctor will share some info with me, the sick person is minimizing things. The diagnosis was today, so we have yet to be offered treatment options. I'd like to know what options we might be offered, what thoughts people might have about this particular case, and ideas on where to go from here. No punches need be pulled. Thank you so much.