My 86 year old frail mother had a PET scan because of a thyroid nodule, when they did the scan the thyroid nodule was inactive but they found a very active 3 cm lung nodule. She went to a lung surgeon who said that because of the location of the nodule he would have to remove 1/2 her lung to even do a biopsy and he doesn't recommend it because she would then be on oxegyn for life because she has a bad absorption rate. He is trying to set-up an appointment with a radiation oncologist but the scheduling person said it might be denied by her insurance and/or the radiation oncologist because of the lack of biopsy. My mom has multiple other medical issues, I'm not even sure of all of them but I know that she has hypertension, delayed gastric emptying, mild diabetes, completely collapsed arches and arthritis. She also can barely walk now even with a walker because her one knee keeps giving out and it really needs to be replaced. I just wonder about doing radiation oncology on someone who is not in good health at all. My mom wants to do the treatments but my sister and I aren't sure it makes sense. Also my sister and I live in other states, she is in an assisted living facility with only our useless alcoholic brother as local family support.
Tue, 12/27/2016 - 14:11#1
86 year old - active lung nodule but surgeon won't biopsy - radiation treaments? - 1289640