Hi my mom is 76 and was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the brain at the end of December (about 7 weeks ago). She also has A-Fib which was being treated with Eloquis.
Since then she has had a craniotomy and the brain tumor was removed. She has had one – 3day course of chemo. After her first chemo treatment, she developed severe edema and infection in her feet, which we took her to the ER for. Then they found that she was suffering from diverticulitis w/perforation and c-diff. She has been hospitalized for 9 days as of today, for the infections and diverticulitis. They just found an intestinal abscess and are planning a needle aspiration tomorrow. She was scheduled for her second round of chemo this week, but it has been pushed back until they get the infections under control. She is miserable and I hate for her to go through this.
I would like to know what effect the intestinal issues will have on her overall prognosis? Unless she improves greatly with antibiotics, I don’t believe she is strong enough to go through another session of chemo, especially if it results in more after effects.
In everything I have read, life expectancy for someone with stage 4 lung cancer that has metastasized to the brain is 3months to a year, but more like 6 months, and that is without these other complications. I love my mom dearly, but I don’t want her to go through unnecessary pain and suffering just to increase her life expectancy by a month or two.