It has been several months since I updated on Herbie. Reason for not posting ---one brother died post Open Heart surgery and other one had an above knee amp and is in long term Nursing Home.
Herbie has had 3 CTs. There are several new bilateral lung spots growing mms after each scan,
a 1cm growth in mid R kidney (just watch since kidney Ca is slow).
Blood in sputum was becoming bright red. No other symptoms.
Due to above he had a pulmonologist and urology appts. Not able to keep appts because---- 3 weeks ago he lost his balance while using his cane---stumbled backwards breaking his left femur just below the acetabulum. Stabilized with a rod in medullary canal and 3 screws to hold it in place.
In the hospital he developed an almost continuous cough with thick glue like sputum (hard to cough up). A chest CT revealed R pleural effusion----thorethentesis removed 800cc fluid----tested fluid---- came back as malignant cells. Also has pneumonia. Removing the fluid reduced his cough.
He was on Internal Med service with Oncology consults. Because of prognosis of malignant effusions the Med. docs started giving him the bad results ----saying he should be on Hospice. Thankful Herbie is hard of hearing and didn't hear that. I told them to not talk to him since I wanted his own Oncologist (who he has a great rapport with) to explain results to us. Well when just my daughter was with Herbie the Med resident started talking in front of Herbie again.
Next day resident called me calling Herbie "an old man" "stop the Tarceva--it's not doing him any good and can't take any more treatments." I told her we prefer to only talk with Herbie's Onc who wants him to cont Tarceva and she isn't a Debbie Downer, Not sure she picked up on DD or how mad I was at her.
He is now in rehab. Sorry this is long.