Dad, age 64, smoker for last ~35 years, heavy smoker for last ~20 years, got a gift of NSCLC. The metastasis is in one of the lungs and at the base of the skull, supposedly in one of the lymph nodes too. The Oncologist categorized as 'Advanced' stage. He didn't specifically mentioned if its stage III or IV. Suspicion is, it has gone to the bones as well (high alkaline phosphatase).
He is in India, and I am not too sure of the drugs available for treatment in India. The oncologist recommended gemcitabine/cisplatin. Dad is getting admitted tomorrow. His health is not great. He is low on Vitamin D (just 18), A1c is 6.1 and weight is around 110 (but so is for last 30 years). CBC is normal. Thrombin test came out normal. I don't know how chemo is going to wreak havoc on his health, but how/what do you folks recommend me to plan for.
I am in the US and flying out in 2 days. Are there any supplements that I can take from here? I left India long time ago, and I am more well versed with the US system than the Indian system. I have absolutely no idea where I can find supplements. The drugs will be provided by the hospital.
More of a open question, what should be my plan of action, apart from just going to India and talking to his Oncologist? I am totally confused. Although I was suspicious for a long time that this is not going to end well, this news has rocked me for sure.
Any guidance is most appreciated.