I'm a newbie here and i have to say this site and Forum is a gift from God. What a great place to share stories, advice and encouragement within the cancer community. Outstanding job to Doc West and his gang.
My Father was diagnosed with Stage 3 Squamous Non Small Cell Lung Cancer several weeks ago. He is getting treatment in St. John's Newfoundland at the Murphy Bliss Cancer Centre. My whole experience thus far has left me a little bewildered and discouraged. I'll be as brief as possible.
He got his CAT scan in early May after feeling some pain in his chest. He's 79, non smoker and in great shape. His GP saw the results and didnt think it was anything but sent it to a Lung Surgeon. Surgeon says its cancer but its localized and we'll do the lump removal but he does the biopsy anyways. Several weeks pass and we're told its in his 2 of his lymph nodes so no surgery. Then he goes to a chemo oncologist and is told he has a 20% cure rate, decent chance at 3-5 years and if nothing then 8-12 months. They plan out his chemo and radiation. Just yesterday he met with the Radiation oncologist and now she tells us she sees more cancer on the same CAT scan and cant do Radiation until she sees a new CAT scan to determine if its more cancer or just scarring after his 40 years of Rheumatism treatments.
We are almost 4 months into this ordeal and he hasnt even started treatment yet. And each appointment brings more bad news. Should this process work this way? How are we only seeing this "new" cancer now and not 2 months ago? I have to admit i'm losing faith in the quality of care he is receiving. it seems like we should have known all this before now.
Is this normal?
Best to all,